It's "wildfire" in the United States. "Bushfire" in Australia. Whatever the name, these quick-spreading fires are destructive—and fire season is getting longer.
Here are steps you can take in advance to help protect your facilities that may be in the path of fire.
- Keep gutters free of debris.
- Cover vents with wire mesh to keep burning embers out.
- Remove all combustible yard storage.
- Develop a written contingency plan with the public fire service.
- Fully train and equip your emergency response team (ERT) to deal with wildfire/bushfire emergency.
- Replace any combustible roof shingles with noncombustible materials.
- Create a clearance zone around buildings and structures. The clearance zone should be a minimum of 100 ft. (30 m) from a grassland exposure and 330 ft. (100 m) from a woodland or forest exposure.
- Protect windows and frames with permanently fitted one-hour fire rated shutters.
- Consider protecting any combustible exterior walls with outside sprinklers.
- Provide an adequate and reliable water supply to meet automatic sprinkler and hose stream demands.
For further details:
- Download FM Global's Understanding the Hazard: Wildfire/Bushfire Exposure
- Download FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet: 9-19 Wildland Fire