Is a log home more susceptible to fire damage than a conventionally framed house? Seeing the exposed logs might lead some to make that quick assumption and statistics have even tried to prove that more log homes perish in fires than stick built homes. It may not surprise you to know that the most influential factor in log home fires is not the logs themselves but their physical location. Forest fires, wildfires and brush fires are a threat to all dwellings , but a log home is far more likely to be located within their reach.
So how can you best protect your custom log or timber home from fire without moving it into the city? Utilize fire-safe landscaping methods around your property. We have collected a few tips and techniques from the US Fire Administration here:
- Remove flammable vegetation such as dead trees and shrubs, dry leaves and brush.
- Plant fire-resistant plants and keep them healthy.
- Thin the number of trees and brush within 30 feet of your home.
- Eliminate small trees and bushes from growing under trees (making it easier for fire to jump up)
- Place shrubs at least 20 feet from structures.
- Add stone walls, patios, or even swimming pools to prevent fire from spreading.
- Keep your landscape watered and healthy.
- Stack firewood at least 30 feet from your house.
It’s not hard to find a story about a home saved from a wildfire because they used some or all of these techniques. If you would like more information please visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/rural/landscape.shtm