Living where wildfires can occur puts our homes at risk, but it is possible to live safely and resiliently with wildfire. The choices we make about our homes and properties – out to 100 metres from the foundation – can greatly reduce vulnerability to wildfire.
Factsheet: Windows & Doors
Flames and radiant heat can break the glass in a window and allow fire to enter the interior of a home. Gaps at the top, bottom and edges of exterior doors (front door, garage door, etc.) can allow embers to enter and ignite combustible materials within the home and garage.
Some types of siding materials, such as vinyl, can melt when exposed to high
temperatures, allowing the fire to reach the underlying wall components and penetrate the interior of the building.
The roof is the most vulnerable component of your home. Sparks and burning embers from a wildfire can travel long distances and quickly ignite flammable roofing material and/or combustible debris on the roof.
Factsheet: Gutters, Eaves & Vents
The gutters on your home provide a place for combustible debris to accumulate, and open eaves create an entry point for sparks and embers. Combustible debris can accumulate at the vents and openings on your home and be ignited by embers during a wildfire.
Combustible wood fences and boardwalks create a direct line to your home and can contribute to the spread of wildfire.