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The 3 R’s of Defensible Space – Remove, Reduce and Replace

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

The 3 R’s of Defensible Space – Remove, Reduce and Replace

The fire season is upon us and is expected to last well into October. For the moderate-to-high fire hazard zones, which comprise most of the state of theUnited States, steps can be taken to minimize the risk of property loss due to fire.  We suggest creating a fuel modification zone on your property, basically reducing combustible vegetation around your home which provides a “defensible space.”  This will protect your home and provide a safety zone for fire fighters.

The idea is to eliminate a potential path of fuel from a wildfire to your home.  The Fire Safe Council calls this “The 3 R’s of Defensible Space;” Remove / Reduce / Replace.

Removal consists of eliminating dead and dying vegetation grass, shrubs, and trees. Also, we recommend clearing your roof of any pine needles or leaves on a regular basis.

Reduce the density of vegetation by trimming, pruning, mowing, and weeding.  Natural, healthy plants can remain, but should be well maintained.

Replace hazardous vegetation with plants that are less flammable and irrigated landscaping is encouraged.

The 3 R’s should be considered within 50 feet of the home and brush cover should be thinned to cover less than 50% of the ground within 100 feet of the structure.

In the unfortunate event that you or your loved ones do experience a loss and are dealing with an insurance claim, please contactLincoln, Long, and Roman Forensic Architecture and Engineering for a free consultation to ensure the proposed settlement is in your favor. Regardless, we ALWAYS recommend seeking representation for policy holders when dealing with such claims.

Prior to experiencing a loss, we also recommend calling your insurance agent with regards to “code upgrade limits’ on your policy, as we have found in most cases that homeowner policy’s normally allow only 10% of the maximum limits for code upgrade.

Based on recent case studies, in order to rebuild your home to be in compliance with all building codes that limit should be closer to 50%.  Raising these limits DOES NOT change your premium BY MUCH!!  Check it out!!