A house fire has the potential to be the most devastating moment in anyone’s life. These disasters can occur in the blink of an eye. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a residential fire occurs every 88 seconds. If you live in an area like California, where wildfires are prevalent, you are at an even higher risk than most for disaster to strike.
Thankfully, there are many precautions that homeowners can take to avoid fires starting in their homes. With a bit of diligence and fire hazard education, you can drastically reduce your risk of a house fire and keep your family and your home protected. But what happens if the fire comes from outside the home?
Wildfires are not something that you can prevent by taking in-home precautions like clearing your dryer’s lint trap or limiting the number of appliances you leave plugged in. One of the only tangible ways to ensure that your home is as protected as it can be from these unpredictable catastrophic events is to install a precast concrete fence around the perimeter of your property.
If you’re interested in protecting your home from wildfires, read on to learn why precast concrete may be the solution for you.
Preventing the Spread of the Fire
When a wildfire strikes, the first thing to burn on a property is often the fencing. As it spreads across the fence line, the conflagration can eventually reach your home, potentially destroying your possessions and causing financial devastation, serious injury, or death.
During a wildfire, a wooden fence might as well be kindling. It’s the perfect material to make any fire more powerful and destructive. The only way that you can hope to prevent a catastrophe in such a scenario is to opt for a fencing material that can resist heat and flames rather than combusting and contributing to the spread. That material is precast concrete.
Containing the Fire
The fact that precast concrete is non-combustible means that it won’t just avoid spreading the fire to your home; it will help contain the fire so it may not even spread to your property. This also means that if you and your family happened to be trapped in your home when a wildfire strikes, your precast concrete fence could buy you the time you need to plan your escape.
High Heat Resistance
Precast concrete can resist high temperatures without compromising its structural integrity, meaning it won’t crack, crumble, or collapse when exposed to flame. You’ll likely be happy that your fence saved your home — and potentially you and your family’s lives — in the event of a wildfire, but you will also be relieved that there’s no need to replace it afterward, either.
Interested in a Fire-Resistant Precast Concrete Fence?
Fire safety in California is of the utmost importance. If you’re looking for a way to protect your home and your family from the catastrophic effects of a wildfire, contact American Precast Concrete today! We’ll even give you a free consultation for your project.