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Living With Fire Tip #4: Don’t Crack Up

Posted 5/19/2008

When a wildfire is approaching, the most vulnerable parts of the exterior of your house are the windows.

"If an intense fire is burning near your windows, the heat can cause the glass to crack and pieces of window to fall out," says Ed Smith, natural resource specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. If this happens, Smith says that blowing firebrands, pieces of burning materials, can enter your home and ignite it from the inside. "Large windows and single-paned windows are particularly susceptible," Smith explains.

To reduce the hazard posed by windows during wildfires, Smith advises homeowners to:

  • Use windows made with multi-paned glass and tempered glass.
  • Remove potential wildfire fuel, such as big shrubs or woodpiles, from in front of large windows.
  • Get precut plywood panels that fit your windows, and use them to cover your windows if a wildfire approaches.

To learn more about protecting your home from the threat of wildfire, visit website or contact Smith at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 782-9960 or email. Living With Fire is an interagency program coordinated by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

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