Don’t Get Burned, Prepare for Fire Season
Wild fires are nothing new to Southern California residents. With drought conditions at their worst coupled with warm summer weather, the fire season in the areas surrounding San Diego has been one of the hottest yet.
Last year, fire officials responded to more than 1,000 wildfires and with this year’s low snow pack and drought, we’ve already seen the number of wildfires in the state soar.
Fires have cropped up around the Tustin area as well as Ontario and in San Bernardino County.
Do you know how to protect your home in the event of a wildfire? And, if your home does happen to suffer fire damage, do you know what steps to take to ensure proper fire damage restoration?
Here are some tips to consider when fire damage is a risk near where you live.
Outside The Home
There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your home is protected against spreading wildfires. Start out by addressing your landscaping. Experts recommend creating what is known as a “defensible space” around your home. That means removing extra vegetation in the form of branches and leaves that could serve as added fuel if a fire were to show up.
Residents are recommended to clear all flammable materials within 10-feet of the outer edge of the property. In addition, it’s advised that residents have a water supply readily available in the event of a possible wildfire.
Disposing of excess vegetation can be done through a green waste facility, curbside pickup or a chipping service.
Inside the Home
In the instance that a fire affects the inside of your home, safety is paramount. Leaving the cleanup efforts to professionals is imperative. If your home has been affected by wildfire or a house fire and the fire department was called, be sure that it has been deemed safe to re-enter before assessing any damage.
Even after a fire has burned out, the toxins leftover from the burn can pose health risks to both you and your family.
In the event of a fire, both the home and your belongings will need to be assessed for damage before the restoration process can begin. In the case of extreme fire damage it could be possible to have to board windows to secure the home.
Professionals with experience in fire restoration should be called. They will have special tools like eco-friendly organic deodorizing materials, which can salvage items that would otherwise have to be replaced.
Prepare both the outside and inside of your home from possible fire danger and now the steps to take if a fire damages your home.
You local handyman can also help with landscaping projects to ensure your home has a proper defensible space.