Prepare for Wildfire Indoors
Weekly Tip #6: Create a Home Hardening Plan
Because we won't be out in the community for the next several weeks, the Tahoe Network is sending out weekly tips on how to prepare for wildfire inside your home.
This Week's Tip: Create a Home Hardening Project Plan
Now that the snow has melted, it's time to start planning and implementing projects that harden your home from embers to increase the chance of it surviving a wildfire.

"Home hardening" is the process of preparing your home for wildfire embers by addressing its most vulnerable components and retrofitting them with fire-resistant building materials.

If you haven't already, check out last week's newsletter and learn how to identify where your home is most vulnerable to an ember attack.

How you prioritize home hardening projects may depend on your time and personal budget. Even if you can't do everything, anything you do to harden your home can increase its odds of surviving a wildfire.

Annual Maintenance

Routine maintenance to remove combustible materials is a good place to start.

Remove combustible items such as firewood from underneath, on, or next to your deck.
❑ Remove debris (pine needles, leaves or twigs) from your 5 foot non-combustible zone.
❑ Remove debris (pine needles, leaves or twigs) from your roof, gutters, chimneys, and skylights.
❑ Move combustible items (newspapers, photos, cardboard boxes) away from vents in attics and crawl spaces.
DIY Projects

❑ Replace 1/4-inch mesh screening with 1/8-inch noncombustible metal mesh screening on all vents.

❑ Replace combustible landscaping such as manzanita or wood / rubber mulches with fire-resistant landscaping such as herbaceous plants or rocks / gravel.

❑ Install a noncombustible gutter guard to reduce accumulated debris.

If you have the time and budget, consider planning more involved projects that prepare your home's exterior for wildfire. Keep in mind some of these projects may require the help of a professional contractor.
Roof Covering
❑ If you have a wood shake or shingle roof, replace it with a Class A roof covering.
❑ Fill gaps in open eave areas
with durable caulk, and enclose eave areas to create soffited-eaves.
Exterior Siding
❑ Replace wood shake or shingle siding with noncombustible siding such as stucco, steel or fiber cement.
Windows and Skylights
❑ Install or upgrade windows and skylights to multi-pane tempered glass.
Additional Resources

Learn about home ember vulnerabilities.

Learn about California building code and how to build, harden, or retrofit your home for wildfire.

Learn about Washoe county building codes and how to build within the wildland urban interface.

Learn about Douglas county building codes and how to build within the wildland urban interface.

Learn how homes catch fire and how to harden your home to survive an ember storm.

Learn how to prepare for wildfire in the Tahoe Basin.

Thank you for reading our weekly tip, we hope you feel more prepared for wildfire!