As a result of a particularly dry summer, wildfires continue to spread throughout British Columbia. It’s important to remember to stay safe and to take as much preventative action to protect not only your family from wildfires but your home as well. Your home is probably the most expensive single item you will ever purchase in your life. So it’s important to keep it safe and healthy (yes, homes need to be healthy just like people) for years to come.
Many residents throughout BC have been left homeless because of the many wildfires that have spread throughout the province. Not only is drought a huge factor, but human elements as well have been causing these insatiable flames from consuming people’s homes. This is why it’s of the utmost importance for homeowners to take extra precautions, not only for this season, but for future summers to come. There are many things you can do to protect your home.
Keep tree branches trim and away from the roof of your house. Make sure your grass isn’t more than 4” tall and try to only mow your lawn before 10am. Ensure your roof and gutters are clear of debris, including dry leaves, branches, pine needles and other items that can easily catch fire. Remove any flammable vegetation and plants from under or near your backyard deck. For more tips on how to keep your home safe, read our previous blog entry.
But there is more you can do as well. Keep your gutters clean and clear of any type of debris. We know we sound like a broken record, but this is definitely an important reason as this can actually cause your home to catch fire. You see, if your roof and gutters are filled with dry leaves, needles, branches, and cones or seeds, these are all elements that can easily and quickly catch fire and act as fuel for the nearby wildfires. So yes, we sound like a broken record, but in this case, it’s probably warranted.
Obviously it’s recommended you clean your gutters at least twice a year, but during times like these where wildfires are prevalent, we recommend checking in on your gutters more frequently. Especially if you’re in a part of the province that has been prone to many fires or dry spells. If this isn’t something you feel comfortable doing, you can always contact a reputable local company to come inspect and maintain your gutters for you. You can also inquire about installing metal gutter guards to help further create a protective barrier for your home. Metal guards, as compared to traditional vinyl guards, will not catch fire.