Preventing wildfires around the house

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Five Things You Can Do Around Your House to
Reduce the Chance of Ignition.

1. Sweep your walkways, patios and decks regularly to remove leaves, needles and other combustible materials that may gather against your house.  Remove vegetative debris (leaves, pine needles, twigs) from your gutters and roof.
2. Remove combustible materials from under your deck.  If you have no other storage option, install non-combustible siding around deck perimeter.  Be sure to adequately ventilate the area to minimize chance of rot from water.  See Protecting Decks, Patios and Porches at disastersafety.org.
When it is time to replace deck boards or rebuild your porch choose a product that meets the California Building Code as recommended in the State Fire Marshall’s listing of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Products.
3. Caulk any openings along the top or bottom of wall siding or around windows where gaps could allow embers to enter your home.
4.   Store your deck furniture, children’s toys and other combustible items inside if a wildfire threatens.  Embers coming in contact with flammable materials is the major reason why homes are destroyed during wildfires.  For an ember aware checklist see Be Ember Aware!