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Remove combustible materials in the 0-5ft zone around the home and implement non-combustible replacements
Apply water or fire gel to this zone to render any combustible materials non-combustible during the wildfire encounter
Implementing a Non-Combustible Zone (NCZ) around your home removes the path flames can take to your house and prevents embers from igniting fuel next to the house, greatly reducing the risk of ignition from both direct flame and radiant heat.
Make sure your roof is Class-A rated
Protect the roof edge with Class-A compliant gutter guards
Building codes in fire-prone areas typically require Class-A roofing material such as asphalt composite shingles, metal, or clay. This makes the roof a strong part of the home, however, unmaintained gutters pose a significant risk by collecting debris at the roof edge where embers are likely to collect as well.
Repair any unintended gaps in the siding or trim
Replace any inadequate vents with fire rated upgrades
Once we prevent embers from igniting fuel next to the house and ensure that the roof can resist ignition when embers land on the house, the remaining concern is keeping embers out of the house. Gaps and unintended holes in the siding as well as old or inadequate vents present opportunities for embers to enter especially hot and dry places like the attic.
Demonstrations from the IBHS show that the main cause of home ignition is from ember showers rather than direct flames.
"Embers cause up to 90% of home & business ignitions during wildfire events."
-Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Our systems address this critical protection zone where embers accumulate and cause various ignition points on and around the home.