How to Minimize Fire Risk with Smart Design

architectural design choices that could help to minimize fire risk with smart design

by Kurt Krueger

Kurt Krueger Architects

Flame Resistant Design

Starting in December 2017 and continuing into 2018, the largest fire in modern California history spread through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties – destroying more than a thousand structures located on 281,000+ acres. The threat of wildfires is scary.

Concern for your family, friends, and neighbors. Concern for pets and wildlife. Concern for your home and your material possessions and all of the memories and irreplaceable items can be overwhelming.

I wanted to write this blog post to pass along information for people about architectural design choices that could help to minimize fire risk.

I’m not saying that homes in the direct path of a wildfire would be spared with these kinds of measures, but there are instances when preventive measures can make a difference. Though fire is scary and unpredictable, there are considerations and steps you can take that, depending on the circumstances, can lower the chances of fire damage.

Here are three things to consider for how to minimize fire risk:

1. The Site
One of the most helpful steps to minimize the risk of fire damage is to find a “fire resistant” site. A sites fire resistant rating is based on the topography and terrain like vegetation (or lack thereof), as well as where it is situated and access to water. Sites that are largely dry, desertscapes with drier plants and not near a stream or riverbed are generally flagged as higher risk.

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