Protecting Your Property Against Wildfire Damage
California is no strange to wildfires with the state reaching a record number of fires in previous years. When temperatures reach upwards of 2000° as they did in the Oakland fire of 1991, everything the flames touches burns and there’s little you can do to stop it. Although we hate to think about the worst that can happen, there are steps we can take to make properties less resistant to fires. Take a look at these steps to take today to protect your property.
Create a defensible space
- Introduce more native vegetation to your yard
- Space trees at least 10 feet apart
- Remove dead or dying trees and shrubs
- Remove branches that hang above your roof and chimney
- Clear your roof and gutters of debris
- Mow your lawn regularly and dispose of cuttings and debris promptly
Upgrade your property with non-flammable materials
- Use only non-combustible roofing materials
- Use fire-resistant carpeting
- Apply non-combustible screening to all vent or eaves openings
- Cover exterior walls with fire-resistant materials like stucco, stone or brick
- Make sure your address is visible from the street
Ensure that your insurance policy adequately protects you against wildfire damage. When you’re ready to secure a quality homeowners insurance policy, talk to the friendly experts at Jack Stone Insurance Agency. We serve Antioch, Brentwood, and surrounding cities in California. Contact us today to get started!