Tip sheet, How to Protect a Home from Colorado Wildfires

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People who live in the foothills, grasslands or mountains of Colorado are at risk of Wildfire. Chris Bidwell of Northwind Carpentry, LLC in Golden, Colorado provides tip sheet on construction techniques and materials to make homes fire safe.

Many people don't realize that they face serious wildfire danger. People who live in the foothills, grasslands or mountains of Colorado are at risk. Chris Bidwell of Northwind Carpentry, LLC provides construction expertise to make homes fire safe and fire wise by following the guidelines provided by the Colorado State Forest Service (“CSFS”).

CSFS is the lead state agency for forestry and wildfire expertise and recommends the following guidelines for building materials to protect homes from wildfire.

•Use Class A or B roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, slate or clay tile, or metal; wooden shake-shingle roofing.

•Fire-resistive or noncombustible construction materials are essential for siding and walls. Use a minimum of Class III flame/spread-rated siding material; stone, brick and stucco are best.

•Limit the length of roof eaves so that they do not extend beyond exterior walls. If the eaves are longer, enclose them with fire-resistive materials.

•Foundations may come in contact with a spreading wildfire before other areas of the structure. Enclose foundations with concrete block, cement walls or other fire-resistive materials.

•Minimize the size and number of windows on the downhill side of the house or the side most likely to be exposed to wildfire. Both size and materials used are crucial in windows and sliding-glass doors. Multi-paned glass or tempered glass is recommended.

•Cover exterior attic, soffit and under-floor vents with metal wire mesh (openings no larger than one-eighth of an inch) to prevent sparks from entering structures through vents. Install eave and soffit vents closer to the roof line than to the walls.

•Do not locate decks at the top of a hill; fires generally spread uphill. Enclose the undersides of balconies and decks with fire-resistive materials so that burning embers cannot accumulate.

•Cover chimneys and stove pipes with a nonflammable screen (mesh openings no larger than one-half inch).

Company Profile
Northwind Carpentry, LLC is owned by Chris Bidwell. Mr. Bidwell has over 25 years of experience as a general contractor. Cities served by Northwind Carpentry, LLC are: Arvada, Broomfield, Boulder, Central City, Denver, Evergreen, Golden, Idaho Springs, Lakewood and Littleton. Chris can be reached at 303-746-4128. For more information go to http://www.GoldenCarpenter.com.

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