How You Can Prepare for Wildfires in California

California has seen a sharp rise in the number and intensity of wildfires in recent years. And while the state and federal governments have instituted new mitigation measures, there are still things that you can do to help limit the possible ignition, damage, and threat that wildfires pose to you, your family, and property.

Create Space

The first step is to create space around your home that is free of flammable materials. This means flammable vegetation, especially tall grass and other materials. Remember that tall trees next to your home are not necessarily bad, but the leaves, bark, and other materials that fall to the ground may easily ignite a fire.

The more space you create, the lower the chances that your home will be damaged by a wildfire.

Fire-Resistant Materials

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, harden your home to limit the damage that the fire, smoke, and heat may cause. 

Roofs, porches, decks, and siding need to be made from fire-resistant materials. You can also place metal mesh on vents and windows to prevent the embers from wildfire from entering your home.

Fire Resistant Plants

Cutting the grass to keep it short and watering it regularly will help. Even if the grass catches on fire, it will only burn for a short time if properly cut. Below are other plants you can place around your home for added protection.

  • Yucca
  • Lavender
  • Columbia Lily
  • Lilac
  • Agave

Fire Prevention

When out in areas that are prone to wildfires, do not take action that may cause a fire to start. Tossing a lit cigarette out the car window is still one of the common and preventable means of starting wildfires. If you must start a campfire in the woods, be sure to ring it with stones and fully put it out before leaving.

Know Where to Go

Even the best preventative measures will not stop a wildfire. If your home is threatened, have a plan of action to get you and your family out. This means having an emergency bag complete with food and clothing to last 48 to 72 hours and having a destination if you must evacuate. 

To properly prepare for wildfires in California, you need to know how to limit their damage, how to prevent them from starting, and know where to go in case they do strike. The better you are prepared, the safer it will be.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental includes the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.