Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

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Source: Office of Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Jerry Brown [last week] signed legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)to help homeowners pay for repairs that will make their homes more fire resilient. SB 465, the Wildfire Safety Finance Act, allows local governments to expand their Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to homeowners in high fire hazard areas for fire safety improvements to their homes.

“California must do more to make our communities fire resilient in light of the growing threat of catastrophic wildfires. With the Governor’s support of SB 465 today, California homeowners can get help paying for repairs that will better prepare their homes for the next major fire, which could save lives and help reduce the spread of these fires,” said Senator Jackson, who represents the region that was devastated by the Thomas Fire and serves as Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.

California’s persistent threat of wildfire poses a significant risk to homes and businesses throughout the state. While much is being done to better manage our forests and improve land use decisions to minimize this threat, more needs to be done to “harden” existing homes to make them more resilient to wildfire, such as building with ember-resistant materials.

California’s PACE program provides upfront financing to property owners for energy and water efficiency improvements and seismic safety upgrades to their properties. The financing is then repaid over time through the owner’s property tax bill. SB 465 adds wildfire resilience upgrades to the list of projects eligible for PACE financing. Wildfire resilience improvements include replacing wood or shingle roofs and wood siding, installing chimney spark arrestors, covering vent openings with wire mesh, and installing dual-paned windows.

SB 465 will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

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a-1555754997 Oct 14, 2018 12:31 PM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

Swimming pools during a drought. How wonderful for you people. Quote is from "Three Things I Learned from Owning a Pool."------------ " For a normal sized pool you will loose 25,000 to 50,000 gallons of water per year due to evaporation. This means I was putting a hose in the pool every 7-10 days to fill the pool." --------- And here I am (and I am not alone in this) lugging my clean rinse dishwater out to my plants.

a-1555754997 Oct 14, 2018 11:41 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

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Luvaduck Oct 14, 2018 11:29 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

Don't permit building homes on hills in the front-country. Leaving them agricultural is a defensible fire break; trying to defend them from fire is a wasteful use of fire resources. The view is great, but the price is too high to everyone else.

Icre84U Oct 13, 2018 12:31 PM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

Sounds good. I live in a fire prone area, and on my own decided to replace my old tinder-dry wood shake shingles with fire-resistant composites. I then reported this to my insurance company, blindly thinking I would qualify for a rate reduction. (the company has initials S.F.) I then received unwelcome news, my insurance rate went up! I was told my home with new roof was worth more, the replacement value now was greater, (more insured risk); by comparison odds of fire didn't support re-roofing, thus the new preminum adjustment! Well, I tried.

a-1555754997 Oct 13, 2018 09:59 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

"SB 465 financing: replace wood or shingle roofs and wood siding, chimney spark arrestors, cover vent openings with wire mesh, install dual-paned windows.

a-1555754997 Oct 13, 2018 09:08 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

Can one swimming pool save a whole neighborhood? "Your pool is equivalent to 50 fire trucks full of water" : https://www.jjsfiresupply.com/

a-1555754997 Oct 13, 2018 09:01 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

Fighting embers/firebrands: (1) Screens over attic vents (2) move trash cans from against walls and put lid on; (3) Move mulch away from home ("landscaping mulch around houses turns into kindling when an ember lands there”); (4) Stone pavers instead of wooden decks; (5) Put stone siding at bottom part of house exterior; (6) Open doggy doors can be deadly; seal doors; (7) Weatherproof doors to prevent embers from entering house. From: National Geographic, Small Steps Can Save Homes: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140730-fire-science-fireproofing-wildfire-california/

a-1555754997 Oct 13, 2018 08:36 AM
Governor Signs Bill to Help Fireproof Homes

New. Get pool pumps with fire hose. Use pool OR stored water tanks and spray (no garden hoses) embers. Buckets/mops for stomping out embers on ground. Rancher/homeowners equipment for fighting small fires around your property. EVERYONE should have in their car a fire extinguisher. If there's a small roadside fire, use it, or hand to someone who knows how to use it. More equipment ideas here: http://www.waterax.com/

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