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.
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.