You Can Make Your Home Less Vulnerable To Wildfire! Presentation at Topanga Library June 8th 6:30 pm
Post date: May 04, 2016 5:39:0 PM
You Can Make Your Home Less Vulnerable To Wildfire!
The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Wednesday June 8th at 6:30 pm
The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that embers cause the ignition of at least 50% of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames. Once homes ignite they create intense heat and more embers that then ignite other nearby homes. This turns what would be a fast-moving wildfire into an urban fire – an inferno, putting neighborhoods at risk, as well as making it dangerous for vital first-responders to enter the area.
By taking action long before a wildfire threatens, homeowners can make their homes safer by looking from the "house out" and addressing vulnerabilities. In this hour-long presentation North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council Co-Presidents Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate explain what the ember threat is and how the Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program works by using trained volunteers to visit homes and make specific recommendations to homeowners.
Members of the Evaluation team will be present to answer questions and share what they have learned in the over 80 Topanga homes evaluated so far.
With the current drought and wildfire season arriving months earlier than normal, its all the more important for Topangans to take proactive steps that will make their home, neighborhoods, and the entire community safer.
We hope to see you there!
(Please RSVP for the June 8th presentation at firstname.lastname@example.org )
June 9th 2016
Thanks for everyone that attended! We'll do another one this fall. In the mean time for more information, the safer homes part 2 video is a good place to start. If you are interested you can request a Home Ignition Zone Evaluation as well. We also have more information about home hardening and the threat from embers on this page