Outdoor furniture, accessories, and decorations are at risk of ignition if they are made from combustible materials. Wood or plastic patio furniture, natural fiber doormats, shades, screens, umbrellas, and curtains can all ignite from embers or flame exposure during a wildfire, and evidence exists that many otherwise ignition resistant homes have burned because of the homeowner’s choice of accessories. When these items are placed near a structure, or on a deck, porch, or patio, there is a risk that they will act as “kindling” and ignite your home during a wildfire!
Choose outdoor accessories made from non-combustible or ignition-resistant material. A heavy rubber doormat (or decorative metal grate) is a better choice than natural fiber mats. Cast aluminum furniture is better than wicker or hardwood.
Resource credit: FIRESafe MARIN
- Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations: ANR Publication 8393 15
- Home Landscaping for Fire. University of California Publication 8228. 2007. University of California, Davis.
- www.readyforwildfire.org. Wildfire is Coming: Are You Ready. CAL FIRE. 2012.
- Urban Forestry Associates. Ray Moritz, Urban Forester and Fire Ecologist.
- Protecting Your Home From Wildfire. 2017. Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
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