The doors of our homes have gaps at the top, bottom and sides that can let flowing embers in. One way to control this is by having an extra seal to limit how much outdoor air and debris get in. Make sure to also inspect your garage door seals regularly. Because we typically store flammable materials in our garages, we increase the risk of a spark occurring.
Windows & Vents
Ensure that both, your windows and vents have metal screens as they will limit the number of embers that can enter your home. Choosing multi-pane and tempered glass as your window design also help control the amount of fire that can get in.
Gutters are one of the most overlooked areas of a home, but they are the perfect spot for combustible debris to accumulate. Make sure you regularly maintain them, especially around the fall season to avoid embers and sparks from igniting the debris.
Balcony, Deck, and Porch
Cover the underside of your deck and/or balcony with fire-resistant sheathing as this will shield against embers. If you have flowers or plants on your lawn, avoid the build-up of dead or dry vegetation, as it can pave a path from the fire to your home and be sure to rake any leaves that are within 1.5 meters of your home. If you want to keep the aesthetic, it may be worth it to consider investing in fire-resistant plants. Although they will still burn in the event of a fire, they will slow down the process.
Wooden fences that are set in a direct line can spread the fire not only to your home but to your neighbours as well. So, it’s best to avoid attached fences that are made of combustible materials.
Roofs can be particularly susceptible to fires as windblown embers can catch on the ridges and valleys. This is a little harder to control but using fire-resistant building materials such as asphalt shingles or metal roofing significantly reduces the risk of fire.
The occurrence of a home fire is a scary thought but luckily, it’s easily preventable. Make sure you are protected at all costs with home insurance. Contact us today to learn more about our policies. Our team is always ready to answer any questions you may have!