Tips for taming wildfire damage

(Oct. 12, 2012) – Oct. 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week. Homeowners and business owners who live in areas that can be affected by wildfires should follow these tips from American Family Insurance to prepare for the chance of wildfires and possibly limit property destruction.

Choose the right roof

Burning debris can be carried by the wind and fall on roofs. Consider using fire-resistant materials such as slate, tile or metal roofing when building a new home or replacing existing roofs on a home or business. Also, since leaves, pine needles and branches can easily ignite, keep them off roofs and out of gutters.

Pay careful attention to 'defensible space'

Defensible space is the area around a structure where proactive protection steps can be taken. Defensible space is divided into areas by number of feet from the structure:

15 feet

75 to 125 feet

125 feet to property line

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