(BPT) - Wildfires are already impacting communities in the Western and Southwestern United States even ahead of the fall winds that threaten to push them into more populated areas. Wildfires spread in hot, dry and windy conditions, so continuing maintenance and reducing fuels, especially in dense suburban communities particularly at risk, is key. The upcoming Labor Day weekend is the ideal time to improve your home’s wildfire preparedness.
Ninety percent of homes ignited by wildfire will result in a complete loss. Adapting a home to wildfire can be overwhelming, yet we must take action to drive down the devastating impacts of these events. Daniel Gorham is a firefighter and wildfire research engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit whose wildfire research translates into actionable guidance for homeowners. According to Daniel, “We are not helpless against these fires. Now is the time for homeowners, neighborhoods and communities to map the journey to a more resilient home. This is so important, because firefighters simply can't be everywhere and protect every home during an active wildfire.”