JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Watch this home go up in flames and learn how to prevent flying embers from scorching your house.
The home that burned up was in a South Carolina’s testing facility designed to compare how a home built with one half wildfire resistant materials compared to the other side constructed with common materials.
The results underscore the importance in keeping flammable materials like pine needles or dead leaves, twigs, bushes or plants more than five feet from the home.
The part of the house expected to see ignition was the non-wildfire-resistant side composed with dead vegetation and flammable construction materials.
As fire season picks up it is important to create defensible space around your home.
The Insurance Institute For Business & Home Safety conducted the test to show homeowners the consequences of not taking reasonable, affordable steps to reduce their risk of property damage and loss.
The leading cause of homes igniting during wildfires is caused by wind-borne embers.
Some can blow more than a mile away from a wildfire setting dead vegetation next to your house or on your house ablaze.