Fire Safe Structure Tips
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
There are three main factors that create a fire safe structure: location of the structure, building materials and design features, and management of nearby vegetation. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds homeowners that the survival of your home from a wildfire with its existing design and location is directly linked to how well you maintain the vegetation around your home.
- During wildfires, most home ignitions are caused by flying embers from burning vegetation. Follow these steps to make your home fire safe.
- The roof should have a Class A fire rating. A complex roof with many angles can accumulate debris. Keep your roof and gutters clean of debris.
- Fires can ignite in the attic due to flying embers. Use attic vents designed to resist the intrusion of embers and flames.
- Install dual-pane windows with tempered glass.
- Box in or eliminate exposed eaves for additional protection.
- Don’t store combustible materials next to your house or under your deck.
- New homes should be built away from ridge tops, canyons and saddles.
- Post your address so it is visible from the street and maintain your driveway to allow firefighting equipment access.
For more information on building and maintaining a fire safe structure, please review the Ready! Set! Go! Program at www.sbcfire.com.