April 2022 newsletter
10 LOW COST WAYS TO HARDEN YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE!
I know we have covered a lot of these items previously. But here it is in one list, way easier to keep track of.
1) When it’s time to replace your roof, choose fire-resistant Class A roof material.
2) Block any spaces between your roof covering and sheathing (bird stops).
3) Install non-combustible, corrosion resistant metal raingutter covers.
4) Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with noncombustible corrosion-resistant metal mesh screen (spark arrestor)
5) Cover all vent openings with 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch noncombustible corrosion resistant metal mesh screens. Do not use fiberglass or plastic mesh as they can melt or burn.
6) Caulk and plug gaps greater than 1/16-inch around exposed rafters to prevent ember intrusion.
7) Caulk exterior siding dry rot, gaps, cracks or plug gaps greater than 1/16-inch in siding and replace any damaged boards.
8) Install weather stripping to gaps greater than 1/16-inch in garage doors to prevent ember intrusion. UL Standard 10C.
9) When it’s time to replace your windows, replace them with multi-paned windows at least one pane of tempered glass
10) When it’s time to replace your siding or deck, use approved compliant noncombustible materials.
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