Every year, countless wildfires take lives and leave people homeless. Before we can actually be safe from wildfires, we need to better educate ourselves on the various causes and safety measures. Awareness will help us establish wildfire prevention in the future.Checkout read full article for more info.
What causes wildfires?
Wildfires are a natural phenomenon of the environment – nature’s way of eliminating dead vegetation. Although the weather plays an important part, seventy-five percent of wildfires are caused by people being careless. Many people might guess that smoking and lightning are the most common causes of wildfires; however, both are in the minority. Most wildfires are caused by people burning debris, vehicle exhaust, sparks from trains and heavy equipment, camping, smoking, arson and lightning..
Causes of wildfires will vary depending on where you live, the season, the climate, the vegetation, the topography, and the weather. To better understand the causal factors is a step towards prevention.
Homeowners living in rural areas should consider using fire-resistant materials in their homes. The roof is a home’s largest surface area potentially exposed to airborne sparks called firebrands, which pose the greatest threat. Should a wildfire near your home, the roof of your house should be kept continuously wet to prevent firebrands from causing damage or harm.
The most fire-resistant roofing materials include metal, tile and fiberglass. Asphalt shingles and tarpaper roofs also have some fire resistant properties; however, because they are made of oil-based products, a significant level of heat can cause them to ignite. As you can probably guess, wood offers the least protection; a small spark can set fire to dry, sun-baked wooden shingles.
Although the roof is the most likely target of a wildfire, walls and windows can also play a determining role in the spread of fire. Walls should be built with fire-resistant materials such as stone, brick or metal. Wood and vinyl offer the least protection. Windows allow radiant heat to pass through them and can, at times, set fire to curtains. Large windows break more easily than small ones as they radiate more heat. Multi-pane windows give better protection from radiant heat than single-pane ones.