DEFENSIBLE SPACE: Creating and maintaining defensible space is one of the most important ways to protect your home from wildfire. Defensible space will improve the chance that an ember resistant house will survive on its own, and greatly improve the odds that firefighters will attempt to defend your home. Defensible space can be a designed landscape of well-maintained plants and hardscape surrounding your home, with fuel management of up to 100 feet as required by state law or by city code. Click on the video above or go to the Oakland Firesafe Council. For Oakland’s brochure click here →
HARDENING YOUR HOME (ember resistant homes): Preparing your home to resist burning embers is the next most important thing you can do. Current building codes are creating more fire-safe homes but all structures are vulnerable to wildfire and many older structures are especially vulnerable. A summary guide for hardening your home is found here. For a complete guide of preparing your home, see Bob Sieben's The Homeowners Guide to Wildfire Protection here→
EVACUATION PREPARATION: The basic facts supporting quick evacuation during fires are simple. Staying behind in a major wildfire is serious business and must not be attempted when the order to evacuate is given. Learn the 6 P's of evacuation preparation here→
SUMMATION: Best summation of what you can do: get Cal Fire's Ready, Set, Go app for your phone.