Home Safety During Wildfire Season
Years into our California drought, wildfire season is scarier than ever. As hotter temperatures suck the moisture out of the air, the summer brings a heightened risk for fires. Does that mean you have to spend your summer worrying about a fire outbreak? No!
So you can have peace of mind in the face of California wildfires, use this guide to home safety during wildfire season.
- Vents: The vents on your house can create space for embers to nestle in your home, where they can catch it on fire. To prevent this, cover your vents with metal mesh that is ¼-inch or smaller.
- Roof: Your roof is the part of your home that is most exposed to risk. If you have shingle or wood roofing, re-roof your home with composition, tile, or metal material that is less flammable.
- Windows: Even before your home catches fire, your windows could break from the heat of the fire outside. This, of course, makes it much easier for the interior of your home to catch fire. Prevent this by installing dual-paned windows with a pane of tempered glass.
- Water Supply: Keep multiple long garden hoses on hand near each water source around your house so that you could wet your property and maintain small fires. If you have a well or a pool, investing in a pump can give you access to more water should you need it.
If a fire gets past your efforts to safeguard your home, your homeowners insurance will ensure your quality of life does not turn to ashes – provided you have the right coverage. To ensure your California homeowners insurance is sufficient to protect your home and your family, contact Purves & Associates Insurance Services. Serving Davis, Sacramento, and the surrounding area, we are here to help you get peace of mind this wildfire season.