How to Protect My Home From Wildfires

Defensible space, home hardening, vegetation management, and emergency preparedness are essential to improving your chances of survival from a wildfire.

  • Defensible space
  • Home hardening
  • Evacuation plan
  • Emergency kit

The key to protecting your property from the threat of wildfires is to create a strong defensible space. Defensible space is the buffer you create between your property and the wildland areas that surrounds it.

UrbnTek can assess your property and identify key risk areas that could expose your property during wildfires. During the consultation, we will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the fire risk. If you want peace of mind, contact UrbnTek!



How To Create Defensible Space

  • Maintain a 5-foot noncombustible zone around your home.
  • Clear dead grasses, weeds, plants, and foliage.
  • Trim dead branches that overhang or touch your roof. Keep branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
  • Clear vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
  • Remove “ladder fuels” (low-level vegetation that would allow the fire to spread from the ground to the tree canopy).
  • Locate woodpiles and fuel tanks at least thirty feet from all buildings and maintain a 10-foot zone free of vegetation around them.

Home Hardening

  • Upgrade vents 1/8 metal mesh, or install vents approved to resist embers and flames.
  • Repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration.
  • Install weather stripping around and under the garage door to prevent embers from blowing in.
  • Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with a noncombustible mesh screen.
  • Create fuel breaks with driveways, walkways/paths, patios, and decks.

Evacuation Plan

  • Evacuate ASAP, alert family members, have two escape routes, and designate an emergency meeting location.
  • Designate an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact in case of separation.
  • Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
  • Close fireplace/flute, windows, doors, and shutoff AC.
  • Move patio furniture, playsets, and gas BBQs away from the house, and bring cushions inside.
  • Turn off propane tanks and gas at the meter.
  • If roads are blocked, or you are trapped: take shelter in a building, car, or an open area; stay far away from vegetation; look for wide roads, parking lots, playing fields, etc.



Emergency Kit

  • 3-day supply of food and water.
  • Sleeping bags, clothing, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, and handheld radio.
  • Medications, spare eyeglasses, keys, and first aid kit.
  • Passports, photo albums, insurance policies, and living trust.
  • Computers, laptops, phones, and chargers.
  • Cash, credit cards, financial documents.
  • Pet food, leashes, medications, and pet supplies.

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