Fire season generally occurs during the warm, dry months of summer. During this time it becomes increasingly important for property owners to take steps to ‘harden’ their properties, or otherwise brace them for potential exposure to fire. Continue along below as we discuss many ways in which you can harden your home and better protect it from being damaged in a fire.

  • Roof

Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your home when it comes to fire. It’s important to understand that not all roofing materials are created equal and the most fire resistant types of roofs include those made of metal, tiles, or composition shingles.

  • Vents

A simple way to critically protect your home from fire damage is to cover all of the interior and exterior vents with noncombustible and corrosion resistant screens. By properly screening your home’s vents not only will you be protecting it from dangerous embers, but pests too!

  • Siding

Ensuring the siding on your home is fire resistant is crucial for keeping fire at bay. Stucco, metal, and cement are all protective, fire resistant, and attractive siding materials that might be perfect for your home.

  • Fences

Consider replacing your wooden fence with non-combustible materials. Also, separate wood fences from your home with a 3′-5′ section of metal fence where they attach to the house.

  • Windows

Windows provide a great opportunity to stop flames in their tracks. Ensure that your home is equipped with dual paned windows, with one pane being made of tempered glass.

  • Decks

While replacing your wood deck with noncombustible materials may not be practical, there are still ways you can make your outside space more resistant to fire. The easiest way is to regularly clear out organic and combustible debris from underneath your deck.

Final Thoughts

As fires continue to destroy billions of dollars worth of property annually, it’s never been more important to proactively protect and prepare your home and family from fire. The House Doctors Handyman of Hardin County can help prepare your home this fire season by updating your roof, siding, fences, deck and more!