California has always been an attractive state to own a home because of its warm climate and sunny beaches. While we do enjoy mostly mild weather year-round, we in Southern California are still often plagued with yearly wildfires.
So far this year we’ve had extremely low amounts of rainfall; consequently, experts are predicting a longer and more hazardous fire season. Orange County residents need to know what steps you can take to protect your home from a wildfire.
Get your spring cleaning done and keep in mind these 10 easy steps to protect your Orange County home:
- Make sure your house has fire prevention tools installed in all rooms. Adding smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and possibly a water sprinkler system will increase your chances of getting to safety as well as putting out any fires before they get out of control.
- Have the proper professionals inspect your home’s electrical wiring, natural gas, and plumbing on a regular basis. Annual visits can prevent neglect or wear from bringing down your house. Literally.
- Clear out aging mattresses, furniture, papers, linens, and boxes from your attic and basement. All these items are fuel for a fire waiting to be ignited. Donating, selling, or giving away your old items also means less clutter around the house and a clearer escape path in the event of an emergency. Why not hold a garage sale? You could earn a few extra bucks and treat yourself to a dinner out!
- Clear garages and tool sheds of unwanted chemicals, rags, and oil. Combustible components should be relocated to a fireproof storage area and any oil-stained rags, pans, or garage floor should be thoroughly cleaned.
- Check your grass and vegetation for dead spots. The dry brush can instantly catch fire and attract the flames to your house. Remove dead plants so it is more likely to resist any incoming source of heat.
- Along the same lines, keep your gutters, roof, and chimney clear of build-up and debris. The absence of a fuel source lowers the chances of a floating ember igniting your home from next door.
- If you have eaves, balconies, or above-ground decks attached to your home, be sure to enclose them with fire-resistant materials. Just like the roof, you want to prevent floating embers from igniting your home.
- Double-check your house address at the beginning of your driveway to see if it needs any touch-ups. You can also post your address on your house to ensure that the emergency vehicles can easily read it from the road.
- Remove any trees, branches, or shrubbery within 10 feet of your home. By doing so, you create a natural break against any incoming fires.
- If you have an emergency water source near your house, make sure the path to it is clear and easily accessible for emergency operators. This includes fire hydrants and personal wells. The firefighters will use your swimming pool water only if absolutely necessary.
These are just a few of the many solutions for protecting your house from fire. If you have any questions about removing these fire hazards from your Orange County home or would like to inquire about fire-proof construction materials, installations, or additions, please feel free to contact us online or by phone. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured contractors as well as a professional fire, water, and mold restoration/remediation company, so we can offer you a more comprehensive service than our competitors.
We can help you BEFORE disaster strikes, not just after.