Interface homeowners have several factors to consider when mitigating the wildfire hazards to their home. The changes below are optimum to create a low-hazard Firewise home:
- Roofing Material – Made of fire-resistant material such as metal, tile or composition.
- Roof Cleanliness – No accumulation of combustible debris.
- Building Exterior – Non-combustible siding such as stucco, brick, or metal.
- Eaves, Vents & Openings – Screened with corrosion-resistant, 3-millimetre wire mesh.
- Balcony, Deck or Porch – None or fire-resistant material with 12-millimetre sheathing.
- Window & Door Glazing – Tempered or multiple-pane windows.
- Vegetation Types – Fire-resistant vegetation that is green and well watered or drought-resistant.
- Defensible Space – At least 30 feet but preferably 100 feet surrounding home.
Means of Access:
- Ingress & Egress – Two or more roads in and out of your property.
- Road Width & Accessibility – Driveway is at least 20 feet wide with 15 feet of overhead clearance for emergency vehicles.
- Street Signs – Visible and made of non-combustible material; address numbers are clearly marked with 4" reflective letters.
For more information on Wildfire Hazard Assessments, please contact your local fire department or visit the Firewise website at www.firewise.org.