2021 could be worst year for wildfires
The worst year in California’s long history of fires was 2020. That was a year of unforgettable and awful superlatives. This year might be just as bad.
We have talked about defensible space, tile roofs and many more fire safe procedures. One we have not talked about is consideration of your outdoor furniture and accessories.
Evidence exists that many otherwise ignition-resistant homes have burned because of the homeowner’s choice of outdoor furniture and accessories. When these items are placed near a structure, or on a deck, porch or patio, there is a risk that they will act as “kindling” and ignite your home during a wildfire.
Choose outdoor accessories made from non-combustible or ignition resistant material. A heavy rubber doormat (or decorative metal grate) is a better choice than natural fiber mats. Cast aluminum furniture is better than wicker or hardwood.
Also, did you know that the Burn Institute will provide free smoke detectors for seniors 62 years and older who own their own home in San Diego. Their trained volunteers will install them to California State Fire Code specification.