Fire in California
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Fire in California

Home Wildfire Assessment


Roof

  1. Is your roof covering something other than Class-A fire rated?
  2. Does your roof have any unstopped openings at the edge or ridge (e.g., open tiles)?
  3. Is your roof, or a portion of your roof, in poor condition?
  4. Is there vegetation or other debris in your roof valleys?
  5. Does your roof have a complex design that might allow debris, and possibly embers, to collect?
  6. Does your roof have open eaves (i.e., exposed rafter tails) with gaps greater than 1/8-inch between the blocking and rafters?
  7. Does your roof have open eaves with vent holes in the between-rafter blocking?
  8. Does your roof have boxed-in (soffited) eaves with vents in the soffit?
  9. Does your roof have boxed-in eaves with combustible soffit material?
  10. Is your chimney open in gun screened?
  11. Is there debris in your roof gutters?
  12. Is there any vegetation near the roof or the roof edge?

Windows

  1. Does your home have any single pane windows?
  2. Are your windows or window frames in poor condition?
  3. Are there any man-made fuels within 3-feet of your windows?
  4. Is there any combustible vegetation within 6-feet of your windows?

 Decking

  1. Does your home have a deck or exterior staircase with open-frame construction?
  2. Is it difficult to access/maintain the area under your deck?
  3. Are there any man-made fuels under or within 3-feet of your deck?
  4. Is there any vegetation under or within 3-feet of your deck?

 Garage

  1. Does your home have an attached garage or one close (within 30-feet) to your home?
  2. Does your garage have a vehicle access door?
  3. Are there any gaps under or around your garage doors?

 Siding

  1. Is your siding combustible?
  2. Are there any gaps in the building envelope?
  3. Is there a combustible fence or gate attached to your home?
  4. Are there any man-made fuels located within 6-feet of your siding?
  5. Is there any vegetation within 6-feet of your siding?
  6. Does your home have unscreened vents or screened vents with a mesh size greater than 1/4-inch (e.g., crawl space, room containing gas water heater)?

 Suppression

  1. Is your address marking less than 3 inches tall or otherwise unreadable?
  2. Is your driveway less than 12 feet wide or otherwise obstructed?

 Insurance

  1. Does your insurance cover 150% of the value of your home to rebuild accounting for code upgrades, inflation, and inflated post-fire buildings costs?
  2. Does your insurance cover the cost of evacuation or temporary living expenses?
  3. Does your insurance cover the cost of lost belongings?
  4. Have you recorded all of your belongings through photographs or videos?
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