Are you underestimating the risk of wildfire damage to your home? Many people might think, “Probably not, since I don’t live near a forest,” or simply, “I hope not!” However, recent events suggest that wildfire damage is more common than we realize. And with summer coming on strong, it’s time to think about preparations and fire mitigation.

A risk assessment model by the fire experts at the nonprofit group, First Street Foundation, reveals a surprising statistic: two-thirds of properties in California face a risk of fire damage over the next 30 years. While this doesn’t mean that two-thirds of homes will burn down, it does highlight the extent of the risk facing many properties.

The risk isn’t limited to California alone. Jeremy Porter, chief research officer at First Street Foundation, notes, “What we saw across the entire country was essentially a doubling of risk, so places that have risk are going to see that risk double over the next 30 years but part of that doubling is also the extent of the wildfire catchment areas — those are going to grow.”

Climate patterns, especially in the Western U.S., are contributing to this increased risk. With more heat and drought expected, areas like California, already prone to wildfires, face heightened danger. While we can’t control the weather, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our homes.

Comprehensive homeowners or renters insurance is crucial, but it’s only the beginning. Follow local ordinances, use caution with campfires and fireworks, and pay attention to weather conditions. Installing a sprinkler system and keeping a fire extinguisher handy are practical precautions, as is having a safety and escape plan in place for your family.

In the unfortunate event of a fire, prioritize your lives over belongings. But once safe, seek guidance from professionals. Follow our blogs for more information on mitigating fire risks and keeping your home safe.

Understanding the risks and taking proactive measures can go a long way in safeguarding your home and loved ones from the threat of wildfires. But remember, if the worst does happen, we’re here to help you clean up fire damage or smoke damage. Call us promptly when you need help, and we’ll get started right away.