A few precautions can greatly increase your safety and your home’s chance of survival during a wildfire. It’s not too difficult to protect your home from one of a wildfire’s biggest threats: flying embers.
Fast-moving wind can carry these fiery little chunks of wood from an intense wildfire, sometimes more than a mile away. They can reach the smallest places and easily start a fire that can burn down a home.
The Texas A&M Forest Service says materials used to build your home can determine whether your home will survive a wildfire, and you can take steps to increase your home’s chance of survival from flying embers.
Here are a few steps that most anyone can take:
- Look for gaps in roofing that can expose your roof decking or supports, and place angle flashing over openings between the roof decking and fascia board.
- Install a one-eighth-inch metal screen behind roof or attic vents, keeping embers out while allowing air flow for ventilation. Clean vents to keep them free of debris.
- Check exterior walls and cover any crevices or holes that could catch embers.