|[May 27, 2014]
Severe Drought Conditions Lead to Early Start of Summer Wildfire Season across Western U.S.
NOVATO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Fireman's Fund's Risk Services Team encourages homeowners to take action
to prepare and protect their property due to hot temperatures and severe
drought conditions throughout much of the Western U.S. reported by the National
Interagency Fire Center.
Earlier this month California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a
proclamation urging Californians to get prepared for wildfires,
declaring May 4-10, 2014 as 'Wildfire Awareness Week' in the state.
Brown's proclamation stated that the California Department of Forestry
and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has already responded to a 120 percent
increase in wildfires this year caused by drought conditions. He told
ABC's "This Week" that the state has 5,000 firefighters and has
appropriated $600 million to battling blazes, but that may not be enough
in the future.
Fireman's Fund is in alignment with the fire service philosophy of
prevention and mitigation as the best approach in lowering risks from
wildfires. Risk services consultants, who live and work in the wildland
urban interface where wildfires typically strike, are trained to
recognize wildfire risks and offer solutions to make a home and family
better prepared. They perform on-site wildfire risk assessments of
policyholders' homes and educate, bring insight and offer advice to take
With this annual threat of wildfire season posing serious dangers to
lives and property, it is important to think now about fire prevention
and safety," said Kathleen Stalter, risk services wildfire specialist,
Fireman's Fund. "There are several important measures people can take to
make sure their homes and families are protected."
Stalter provides these tips to protect homes from wildfire dangers like
flying embers - known to be as destructive to homes as the flames.
Embers can attack a home far from the actul spot of the wildfire.
Family Safety: designate one emergency meeting place outside
the home, and one outside your neighborhood, where family can safely
meet in an emergency.
Create defensible space around your home and property using
fire resistant landscaping materials.
Remove debris that accumulates in gutters and at roof-to-wall
intersections such as dormers and chimneys.
Use fire-resistant building materials for your home and near-by
Install ember/flame resistant vents and close all windows and
doors in the event of a wildfire. Windblown embers can enter a
home through vents and ignite the home from within. All vent openings
should be protected by 1/8 inch metal mesh or baffle style covers to
prevent ember intrusion.
Roof: The roof is a landing strip for windblown embers. Remove
any overhanging tree and vine branches. Clean all leaves and other
vegetative debris from your roof and rain gutters.
Windows: dual-paned windows with an exterior pane of tempered
glass reduce the chance of breakage in a fire.
Decks/Balconies: enclose the underside with fire-resistant
materials to prevent embers from blowing underneath. Keep deck clear
of combustible items.
Yard: stack woodpiles at least 30 feet away from all
structures, and clear away combustible vegetation within 10 feet of
woodpiles. Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles,
leaves and other debris from yard.
More info is located on Fireman's Fund's Risk Advisor website: http://disasteradvisor.ffido.com/content/wildfire-preparedness-your-home-family
About Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
in 1863, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company recently celebrated its 150th
anniversary as a premier property and casualty insurance company
providing personal and commercial insurance products backed by
industry-leading claims and risk management solutions. Fireman's Fund is
a leader in high net worth, entertainment, and green insurance. Since
2004, the company has donated more than $31 million in grants to local
fire departments across the U.S. as part of its commitment to safer
communities. Fireman's Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the
world's largest providers of property and casualty insurance, ranked
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