California’s fall fire season has just begun. The effects of hot, dry temperatures during the summer worsen in later months due to powerful warm winds that cause fires to spread faster. There’s not much that can withstand upwards of 2000°F, but there are certain measures you can take to help make your house more fire resistant from smaller fires.
- Use fire-resistant materials wherever possible. Homes typically burn because the roof catches fire so you’ll want to make sure your roof is Class A – being most resistant – or consider investing in one yourself.
- Deny fire all entry points. Cover eave overhangs and close off deck underpinnings.
- Don’t let dead leaves or debris accumulate on your roof, in gutters and vents, or under decks
- Windows and skylights are particularly vulnerable as their materials will break or burn at relatively low heat. If you can’t reduce your windows or eliminate your skylight, invest in thermal-pane glass.
- Avoid providing fire with extra fuel and pathways to your house via wooden trellises, fences, or sheds.
I hope these tips have helped make you feel a bit more prepared for this fire season. If you have any real estate-related questions or are interested in buying or selling, don’t hesitate to contact me, Kim Rievley, today. I can be reached at 951-377-3955 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.