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WILDFIRE ALERT: IS YOUR HOME PREPARED?

Despite record-breaking rainfall this year, the risk of wildfires persists. To increase your property’s chances of surviving a wildfire, it’s essential to create a defensible space around your property and reinforce your home or business with fire-resistant materials.

  1. Create a defensible space. Minimize your home’s exposure to risk by modifying the vegetation space around it to help resist a wildfire. California requires 100 feet of defensible space around your property.
  2. Increase your home’s defenses.
  3. Consider building your roof or re-roof with materials such as stone, slate, metal, clay tiles or asphalt shingles, which offer the highest resistance to fire.
  4. Cover all vent openings with 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch metal screening, as flying embers can enter your house through vents.
  5. If possible, windows should be double-paned with one pane of tempered glass; it’s recommended to help reduce the chance of breakage in a fire, especially if facing large areas of vegetation.
  6. Keep rain gutters clear or enclose rain gutters to prevent the accumulation of plant debris.
  7. Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with a non-flammable screen. Use metal screen material with openings no smaller than 3/8-inch and no larger than 1/2-inch to prevent embers from escaping and igniting a fire.
  8. Additional things to consider:
  9. Have a fire extinguisher and tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket and hose for fire emergencies.
  10. Store all combustible and flammable liquids away from ignition sources.
  11. Make sure your address is clearly visible from the road.
  12. Consider having multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach all areas of your home and other structures on your property.

For more information on wildfire safety, visit sdge.com/Wildfire-Safety.