2017 had an unprecedented number of fires in California. The increased amount of rain last winter created an increase in brush growth. The brush created an increase in kindling during the dry season that helped the fires burn. Thankfully, LA had a drier winter this winter which gives fire less fuel to burn. There are many things that homeowners should do in the event that a fire comes to your home.
Embers from fires can travel over a mile from the origin of the fire and cause serious damage. It is more likely that an ember caught your house on fire than the actual flames hitting your home. These ember can blow into air vents, hide under decks, eaves, or roof corners. By installing ember resistant vents, class A roofing and external sprinklers, you can greatly reduce the chance that your house will go up in flames.
Just in Case
It is suggested that all homeowners do the following in the event that a fire occurs.
Take pictures of the inside of your house
Have a written inventory
Keep receipts of high value items
Get fire insurance
Keep fire extinguishers
Make sure your smoke alarms work
Empty lint traps
Fire Proof Case
In the event of a fire, it is important to keep your important documents safe. Here are some of the items that should be secured in one:
Property and Insurance
- original deeds to property and vehicles
- rare jewels or family jewelry
- receipts for expensive items
- birth certificates
- marriage certificate
- social security cards
- copy of health information
- college degrees
- important account information, insurance policies, ect.