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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fire Safe Structures

There are three main factors that create a fire safe structure: location of the structure, building materials and design features, and management of nearby vegetation.


The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds homeowners that the survival of your home from a wildfire with its existing design and location is directly linked to how well you maintain near-home vegetation.

During wildfires, most home ignitions are caused by flying embers from burning vegetation.

  • The roof should have a Class A fire rating. A complex roof with many angles can accumulate debris. Keep your roof and gutters clean of debris.
  • Fires can ignite in the attic due to flying embers. Use attic vents designed to resist the intrusion of embers and flames.
  • Install dual-pane windows with tempered glass.
  • Box in or eliminate exposed eaves for additional protection.
  • Don’t store combustible materials next to your house or under your deck.
  • New homes should be built away from ridge tops, canyons and saddles.
  • Post your address and maintain your entry roadway to allow firefighting equipment access.

For more information on building and maintaining a fire safe structure, please visit www.sbcfire.com Ready! Set! Go! Program.

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