Homes, Our Largest Investments
Besides great damage, fire is costly, and apart from loss of major property, can result in real physical harm or injury.
We are seeing more intense weather with each passing year. More concentrated rain, more dryness and drought, more swings of extreme are unfortunately becoming much more frequent, if not expected to increase as we all hear about in the news daily now.
Three things drive life–physicality, mobility, and shelter. Thus health, safety, and property are the major ingredients of any lifestyle. It’s how we occur in the world.
For a brief moment, let’s take each of these one by one:
Wellness. That one is easy–we furnish ourselves with food, maintain our health and bodies, and depending on conditions, secure our environment by keeping warm or staying cool, clean or dry, or level and safe. Preservation is the greatest value.
Transport. As life is today this pretty much involves cars, and so driving is a second way that we occur in the world. Cars certainly require care, and typically in an enclosure, next to them are commonly the most flammable materials in a household, posing real risk. This is a fact of industrial life.
Dwellings. Our most major investment is typically in our homes and in Central Oregon, fire, heat, and dust can play havoc on this third domain, our homes, not to mention the potential effect on our family or pets, and major property and cars.
Cinderseal–A Firewise, Urban Wildfire Prevention Approach
By combining a carefully conceived approach in dry climates, comprised of zone setbacks with flame resistant materials, Firewise has given us an excellent map for the prevention and containment of fire around homes.
Firewise is about preventing fires from incinerating our homes, by a twofold process. First by:
- Systematically removing charrable material in the perimeters of our homes.
And second by:
- Removing the means of combustion from our roofs, eaves, doors, and windows, and wall base.
Research in Australia has proven that this approach can significantly reduce major points of combustion, and that is by the twofold sealing of garage doors and gaps around the house.
Think about a garage, where charred embers can get in under doors, where many chemicals are stored. And since garages are not habitable space and thus warmer or cooler, they make a place prone to tempting to infiltration of rodents, mites, and insects.
Cleverseal Pan America’s Cinderseal fits the guidelines and recommendation of Ready.gov (associated with FEMA, which is an agency of Homeland Security) for “Protecting Property and Family BEFORE Wildfires” which specifies:
‘Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling, or treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking or trim with fire-retardant chemicals evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).’
Lastly, many communities are starting to adopt the NFPA’s Firewise standards, and to give one example, for nearby Portland, Wildfire Hazard Areas–Residential Structures and Landscaping, page 2 says:
“Check for adequate weather stripping. A good seal can prevent hot gases or burning embers from entering your home”.
This fills the void” (no pun intended) called for on their website regarding Urban Wildfire prevention measures.
‘About the Firewise Communities Program:
Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.
‘The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.
‘To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.
‘About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
‘NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.