Homes ignite in one of three ways: embers/firebrands, radiant heat exposure or direct flame contact. An example of an ember ignition is when wind-blown embers accumulate on combustible materials such as a wood shake roof. An untreated wood shake or shingle roof covering is the greatest threat to a home.
- Roofs should be Class A fire-rated, such as tile or asphalt composition shingles. If you are unsure about your roof’s rating, call a professional roofer to make an accurate determination. Most contractors will provide free inspections and quotes.
- Remove debris on the roof and in the gutters at least several times a year and make it a part of your summer fire season preparedness measures.
- Remove tree branches that overhang your roof, including any within 10-feet of your chimneys.
- Periodically inspect exposed areas under eaves and soffits to ensure construction materials are in good condition.
- Cover vents and any other open areas with noncombustible, corrosion-resistant 1/8-inch metal mesh screens.
- Inspect and maintain your roof on a regular basis. Replace it when necessary.