Wildfire activity has increased across Texas. It is important to educate the public on how to prepare for a wildfire event. Whether the fire is human-caused or naturally occurring, residents can take steps now to protect their home from a wildfire in the future. Residents living in the wildland urban interface are particularly vulnerable to wildfires.
PROTECT YOUR HOME
Five ways you can reduce the risk of your home and property becoming fuel for a wildfire.
Clear off pine needles, deaf leaves, and anything that can burn from your rooflines, gutters, decks, porches, patios and along fence lines so that falling embers will have nothing to burn.
Store away furniture cushions, rattan mats, potted plants and other decorations from decks, porches, and patios. These items catch embers and can ignite your home if left outside.
SCREEN AND SEAL
Wind-borne embers can get in to homes easily through vents and other openings and burn the home from the inside out. Walk around your house to see what openings you can screen or temporarily seal up.
Trim back any shrubs or tree branches that come closer than 5 feet to your house and attachments. Trim back any overhanging branches above your house if possible.
Walk around your house and remove anything within 30 feet that could burn, such as wood piles, spare lumber, vehicles and boats - anything that could act as a large fuel source.
How to reduce the risk of your home and property becoming fuel for a wildfire …
HARDEN YOUR HOME
The materials you use to construct your home can determine whether your home will survive a wildfire.
WHERE IS THIS HOME VULNERABLE TO EMBER ATTACK?
Use this Ember Awareness Checklist to determine where your home may be vulnerable to an ember attack.