For those of us that live in the San Diego County, we know that most years it is likely we will have a “late-onset summer”. And by that we mean that the heat waves don’t kick in until September and usually last through the start of November. And typically, with heat comes dry weather, increasing the likelihood of fires. For that reason it is important that you make sure that your home is fire prepared. However, no matter how prepared you are it is important to know that a fire can happen to anyone. In the event of a catastrophe, we are here to help pick up the pieces. Offering San Diego’s best fire and smoke restoration services and advice!
When it comes to your home, the first thing to look at is the land surrounding your home. Fires can start in many different areas, and can spread quickly and easily given the right fuel. Fires rely on two types of fuel to keep successfully burning: heavy and fine. Fine fuels are typically lighter and smaller than heavy type fuels, and tend to burn easily and quickly. Lighter fuels tend to be good starters for heavy fuels, so it is good practice to reduce the amount of fine fuels around your home. Here are some examples of fine fuels:
- Things that easily ignite and are light enough to be carried away by wind
- Things that are as thick as a pencil or less
- Dry tree bark that can bring fire to new heights (literally)
- Leaves, twigs, and branches laying on the ground around your property
Heavy fuels are larger, denser items, like firewood, home furniture, and even the home itself.
It is important to be aware of the vegetation surrounding your home. Areas that can pose a risk include spots where the property brushes up against vegetation, or parts of the home that is surrounded by large areas of grass.
Although near the coast, the San Diego County is extremely hilly, and has differing levels of elevation throughout the city and county. Something important to know is that fires tend to burn faster when they are marching uphill. Any types of fuels that are further uphill can be preheated by the oncoming fire making them easier to ignite when the flames arrive. Wind can strongly affect the speed at which fires can spread, as well as the direction in which it will travel. It can also carry embers across roadways and start new fires in completely different areas.
If you are in any way affected by fire damage, we are here to help! We are in the business of restoring homes and businesses that are affected by fire damage (fire restoration services), both inside and outside the buildings. We work with all kinds of different insurance companies and are focused on representing and serving YOU. We view ourselves as your neighbor in the San Diego community, and we want to make sure you are prepared and aware of the resources around you. For more information regarding fire preparedness or restoration services, give us a call at 619-284-4239, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com.