FirewiseVirginia

Fire Hazard Test

Is your home safe from wildfire?

If a wildfire threatened your home, would your home survive? Take this test and learn how vulnerable your home is. Select the buttons that correspond to your condition and select "submit" at the bottom. Your hazard rating and some recommendations will appear in a new window. Use this test to evaluate the fire hazard of your home. Play with the settings to determine which aspects affect the outcome the greatest. In some cases an image is provided to illustrate a good or bad condition. Other images represent a balance between good and bad.

SITE HAZARDS

Surrounding Trees

Hardwoods (leafed trees)
No trees within 30'
10 trees within 30'
10-20 trees within 30'
20+ trees within 30'

Conifers
Conifers (needled)

No trees within 30'
10 trees within 30'
10-20 trees within 30'
20+ trees within 30'

Mixed Wood
Mixed Wood

No trees within 30'
10 trees within 30'
10-20 trees within 30'
20+ trees within 30'

Ladder Fuels
Underbrush and low branches present?
Yes No

Type of Groundcover- Good  Type of Groundcover- Bad
Type of Ground Cover
(majority of type of coverage within 30')

Sand, Gravel, etc (Non-combustible)
Grasses up to 6" tall
Grasses 6" - 12"
Grasses greater than 12"
Mosses
Shrubs with leaves
Shrubs with needles

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Firewood or Fuel Storage
(e.g. propane/oil tanks)

None
0 to 3' from structure
3' to 30' from structure
30'+ from structure

Brushpile
Brush Piles

None
0 to 3' from structure
3' to 30' from structure
30'+ from structure

Gas Cans, Paint, etc.
Gas Cans, Paint, etc

None
0 to 3' from structure
3' to 30' from structure
30'+ from structure

Opening Burning
Open Burning Practiced?

Yes  No

No Burn Barrel/Incinerator
or not to Standard?

Yes  No

Outbuildings within 20' of Structure? - Good  Outbuildings within 20' of Structure? - Bad
Outbuildings within 20'
of Structure?

Yes  No

Total Site Hazard =

STRUCTURAL HAZARDS

Roofing Materials - Good  Roofing Materials - Bad
Roofing Materials
Metal, tile, or fiberglass
Asphalt shingles/rolled roofing
Wood (Cedar shingles)

Good Foundation
Foundation
Enclosed (Fireproof, i.e., concrete, metal)
Enclosed with wood sheeting
Open

Brick walls  Bad Exterior wall materials
Exterior Wall Materials

Brick/Stone/Metal
Vinyl/Wood

Decks and Overhangs - Good  Decks and Overhangs - Bad  Decks and Overhangs - Bad
Decks and Overhangs?
Yes
No

Total Structural Hazard =


HAZARD REDUCTION 

Site Hazard Reduction Activities - Good
Site Hazard Reduction Activities

Trees pruned up to 6'
Lot cleared of brush within 30'
Grass kept watered and short
Leaves/needles raked
3' of gravel or non-flammable material adjacent to structure

Roof - Good Roof - Bad
Structure Hazard Reduction Activities
Regularly cleaned roof
Non-flammable skirting on decks
Clear of flammable material against structure

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Other Hazard Reduction Activities

Useable water supply nearby
Fire fighting equipment - hose, ladder, shovel
Communication system (phone, radio)
Knowledge of fire reporting number
Burn barrel/incinerator to standard
Outbuildings hazard-free

Total Hazard Reduction =



Last modified: Tuesday, 25-Nov-2014 12:16:23 EST