Are eaves and overhangs enclosed?
Like porches and balconies, eaves trap the heat rising within the exterior siding. Enclose all eaves to reduce the hazard.
Are house vents covered with wire mesh?
Any attic vent, soffit vent, louver or other openings can allow embers and flaming debris to enter a home and ignite it. Cover all openings with 1/4 inch or smaller corrosion-resistant wire mesh. If you’re designing louvers, place them in the vertical wall rather than the soffit of the overhang.
Is the roof made of non- combustible materials?
The roof is especially vulnerable in a wildfire. Embers and flaming debris can travel great distances, land on your roof and start a new fire.
Avoid flammable roofing materials such as wood, shake, and shingle. Materials that are more fire resistant include single ply membranes, fiberglass shingles, slate, metal, clay, and concrete tile. Clear gutters of leaves and debris.
Are chimneys and stovepipes covered with spark arrestors?
Chimneys create a hazard when embers escape through the top. To prevent this, install spark arrestors on all chimneys, stovepipes, and vents for fuel-burning heaters. Use spark arrestors made of 12-gauge welded or woven wire mesh screen with openings 1/2 inch across. Ask your fire department for exact specifications.
If you’re building a chimney, use non-combustible materials and make sure the top of the chimney is at least two feet higher than any obstruction within 10 feet of the chimney.
Is the house siding fire resistant?
Use fire-resistant materials in the siding of your homes, such as stucco, metal, brick, cement shingles, concrete, and rock. You can treat wood siding with UL-approved fire retardant chemicals, but the treatment and protection are not permanent.
Windows allow radiated heat to pass through and ignite combustible materials inside. The larger the pane of glass, the more vulnerable it is to fire.
Dual- or triple-pane thermal glass and fire resistant shutters or drapes help reduce the wildfire risk. You can also install non- combustible awnings to shield windows and use shatter-resistant glazing such as tempered or wire glass.
(This checklist is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency)