Fire season got off to big and early start last month. A combination of dry vegetation, Santa Ana winds, and high temperatures ignited wildfires throughout in San Diego in May, which burned thousands of acres in Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Camp Pendleton. Unfortunately, over a dozen homes also succumbed to the flames.
I know that most of us are used to worrying about fires in October and November, but we need to start taking precautions now. One of the smartest things you can do to protect your home against fire is to cut back any brush of vegetation that comes near your house. When we get big Santa Ana winds, they can blow fire from vegetation to a home and from there to other homes in the neighborhood.
Your wooden deck, wooden patio, wooden fence, wooden gazebo, or any other wooden structures could be particularly vulnerable. Cut back any weeds, dried bushes, or other shrubs that are near these structures. Make sure the plants in your yard, especially hedges, are well watered. Cut down any branches that hang near or over your home or structures. Mow your lawn regularly to cut down on high grasses, and check your gutters for dried leaves, branches, and debris.
This could also be a good time to take a look at your wooden deck. Is the wood old and dried out? Could it make your home more vulnerable to fire? If you’re not sure, then contact Best-Rate Repair immediately, and we can send out a technician to look at your deck. We can discuss fire retardant treatments for your deck or even rebuilding the deck using composite materials that will not burn as readily.
The point is, don’t risk your deck or your home this extended fire season. Our thoughts go out to all the San Diego residents who had to evacuate last month and those who lost their homes. We thank all the firefighters who put their lives on the line time and time again to keep our city and our citizens safe.