Defending Your Home From California Wild Fires
As we all know, summer is the season for wildfires here in California. A time when the plants and shrubs are all dried out and extremely flammable making large fields and wooded areas the perfect breeding grounds for fires. Fires can be started by a simple car backfire, a cigarette butt, lightning and arsonist or more. Here in Orange County we have experienced many wild fires in the last 5 years that have left homes leveled, lived lost and property destroyed. California home insurance that includes fire protection can truly help “re-build” the life of your family and help each person to heal quicker.
Here are a few fire-safe precautions that can be taken to minimize the chances of your home becoming a target for a wildfire. They may sound simple and more like common sense, but how often do you take the time to do the much needed maintenance at your home?
- Create a defensible space around the house
- Replace an old shingle roof with non-flammable roofing materials
- Clear dried brush around the perimeter of your home
- Clear our rain gutters of dried debris
- Cover house vents with mesh wire to prevent embers from entering your home
Be sure you speak to your California home insurance agent and get the proper coverage for your home and family. Take these extra steps to prepare your home and always be sure to have an evacuation plan in place so the entire family knows what to do in time of crisis.
Written by: Christi Gartner