What Homeowners can Do to Protect their Homes from Wildfires
This information is provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from Firewise.org

Click on the Firewise Communities logo to visit the firewise.org website for more information.
There is a wealth of information for homeowners, firefighters, community leaders and others on this website that includes free literature,
online training, virtual workshops and other tutorials to help homeowners and communities to BE FIREWISE!

Firewise Communities USA/Recognition Program

Visit firewise.org to learn how your neighborhood, homeowner association or local community can become a Firewise Community and get recognition for your wildfire prevention efforts.

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Virtual Firewise Workshops!
(available at firewise.org)

Join wildland fire stakeholders throughout the nation and attend a series of interactive virtual
workshops featuring subject matter experts.This format provides a rare opportunity to
learn from leading researchers and  practitioners. Participants can attend the live session
 directly from their kitchen table or home office, or download the recorded version
– the choice is yours! Brew some coffee and invite your neighbors  to join
you in learning how to reduce the wildfire risk in  your community!

2015 Workshop Series:

August virtual workshop to explore wildland “Urban Legends” available on Firewise.org

Join the Firewise Program at 1:00pm ET on Thursday, August 6, as wildfire and home safety myths and beliefs
are put to the test.

Wildfire expert Pat Durland will determine truth or hooey to questions we all have, drawing upon his long career as a smokejumper, wildland firefighter, policy maker, insurance consultant, and wildland fire planner and educator. Can you protect your home with pool water, gels, foam?  Will exterior heat ignite interior curtains? Do native plants have a lower fire risk?  Is a stucco roof good protection from embers?

Do you have a question or theory you’ve heard of and always wanted to “Ask an Expert” about its validity? Submit yours to LDeaton@nfpa.org and they will be put to the test! Registration is now open

2014 Workshop Series on the Firewise.org website


Sample of online courses available at firewise.org for homeowners, civic leaders and firefighters

Homeowner Course: Landscaping
The Firewise Landscaping course is designed for people living in wildland areas who make decisions about landscaping their homes. The course considers the issues of appropriate landscape designs, specific planting and pruning alternatives, and appropriate planting materials for interface/intermix fire environments. It has three parts: an Overview, Design/Installation and Maintenance. It also includes a virtual Firewise landscaping model you can use to visualize design alternatives. The course takes approximately three hours to complete.

Homeowners/Civic Leaders/Firefighters Course: Community Assessment
Conducting a Community Assessment in the Wildland/Urban Interface: Beginning the Firewise Process is a course for fire and forestry professionals and others who want to help residents of areas at risk from wildfire to make their homes safer. Taking this course provides you with a thorough understanding of how homes ignite during wildfires, how simple actions can greatly reduce home ignitions, and how community behavior change can create Firewise homes and communities. This course is broken into eight lessons; each takes 30 and 45 minutes to complete.

Firefighters Course: Safety
Firefighter Safety in the Wildland/Urban Interface addresses problems faced by structural and wildland firefighters when fighting fires, especially those threatening structures in the wildland/urban interface. An important goal is to expand your knowledge of firefighter safety and survival issues. The course has three parts: Understanding Fire Behavior in the WUI, Structure Protection Strategies in the WUI and Firefighter Safety in the WUI. The entire course takes approximately four hours to complete.