The weather is heating up, which means forest fires are on the rise. Home fires are also a potential risk as the summer months warm up. Homeowners need to better understand how to create a “defensible space” between their home and fire hazard materials outdoors, as well as limiting the chances for igniting something within your home.
A “home ignition zone” is anywhere from 100-200 feet around the house, divided into three areas, and understanding the size and purpose of these areas can help limit the flammable materials that are in close proximity to the home.
It’s also important to keep home gutters clean (removing any flammable materials), and purchase fire-resistant materials for places like your deck whenever possible. Also avoid building flammable surfaces right next to, or in close proximity to, the house.
The good news in the summer is that while outdoor fire danger is increasing, indoor fire danger is usually going down (with fewer Christmas trees, fireplaces, and space heaters in warm weather). That doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay any attention to it, though. The most common fire hazards inside and immediately around your home include:
Homeowners should be vigilant about the use of anything that could ignite a fire, and also vigilant about reducing items that could provide fuel to a fire. A quick home fire inspection by a trained professional can help you identify risks you might not have noticed, and provide tips for reducing the danger in and around your home. If you do suffer from a devastating home or property fire, call the restoration professionals at AAA Restoration today to get everything back to normal.