Wildfire Prepared Home™ Free Online Home Assessment

Ready to take the Wildfire Prepared Home™ free online assessment?

Let’s go over a few things before you get started.  

While this assessment is free, you will have to pay a $125 fee when you officially apply for a designation. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure you have first reviewed the Homeowner Guide and taken all the steps necessary for your home to meet all of the requirements of this program. Based on your answers to this assessment, we’ll let you know if we think you’re ready to apply for a designation.  

 


 

Wildfire Prepared Home  

This section reviews the requirements to qualify for a Wildfire Prepared Home™ designation.

For any questions that do not apply to your home, select Yes. For example, if you are asked a question about decks and you do not have a deck, you will select Yes.

WFPH Homeowner Assessment

WFPH Homeowner Assessment

1. Is Your Home Located in California?

2. Is your home a single-family home with three stories or less?

3. Is your roof made of Class A fire-resistant rated materials such as asphalt shingles; concrete, brick, or masonry tiles with bird stops; or metal shingles or sheets?

4. Have you cleaned your roof to remove debris?

5. Are your gutters and downspouts made of metal?

6. Have you cleaned your gutters and downspout to remove debris?

7. Are your exterior vents (usually found at your attic, under your eaves/soffits, or along your crawl space) ember- and fire-resistant or covered with 1/8-inch or finer metal mesh?

8. Is your dryer vent free from mesh and equipped with a louver or flap?

9. On the outside walls of your home, is the lowest 6 inches (extending from the ground up) made of concrete, brick, or stone?

10. Is your deck and/or covered porch clear of debris?

11. Is your deck and/or covered porch free from all trees and shrubs and with no more than 10 plants in noncombustible planters?

12. Does your deck and/or covered porch have only noncombustible or ignition-resistant items on top such as cast aluminum furniture?

13. Is your deck and/or covered porch free from all vegetation underneath (this includes all plants, grass, weeds, etc.)? Note: Noncombustible materials like concrete, gravel or dirt are permitted.

14. Have you ensured there is nothing stored beneath your deck and/or covered porch?

15. Does your deck or covered porch have 5 feet of defensible space (as part of the 5-foot Home Ignition Zone required for the home)?

16. Does your deck or porch meet one of the following conditions? — Enclosed underneath with 1/8-inch or finer noncombustible, metal mesh, and with any materials installed over the mesh also noncombustible. — Fully enclosed with a noncombustible wall covering/cladding.

17. If you have a pergola on your deck, is it made of metal?

18. Does your additional structure have a porous cover (not a solid cover; e.g., noncombustible slats that cover no more than 10% total of the surface area where a solid roof cover would be)?

19. Is your additional structure free from all vegetation and without curtains/drapes/screens?

20. Does your detached deck meet all the requirements for attached decks?

21. Is the ground cover in your HIZ noncombustible (hardscape or bare soil) and free of debris?

22. Is your HIZ free from all vegetation (including all plants, grass, weeds, etc.) and overhanging tree branches?

23. Is your HIZ free from all combustible items such as furniture, firewood, and trash cans?

24. Have you ensured no boats, RVs, or other vehicles are parked in your HIZ?

25. Have you removed fallen pine needles, leaves, etc., that may have accumulated in your yard?

26. Have you maintained your trees, shrubs, bushes, plants, and grass?

27. Have you removed all dead vegetation?

28. Is the fencing within the first 5 feet of the home, including the part that attaches to your home, made of a noncombustible material such as metal?

29. For unattached accessory structures and/or outbuildings that are within 30 feet of your home and that have a footprint greater than or equal to 15 square feet each: Do you have 3 or fewer total of these structures?

30. For unattached accessory structures and/or outbuildings that are within 30 feet of your home and that have a footprint greater than or equal to 15 square feet each: Do all structures meet all the same requirements as your home, including those for roof, vents, fences, and defensible space?

31. For unattached accessory structures and/or outbuildings that are within 30 feet of your home and that have a footprint greater than or equal to 15 square feet each: Does each structure have its own 5 feet of defensible space (called the Home Ignition Zone or HIZ) that does not overlap the 5-foot HIZ required for the home, decks, or other structures within 30 feet of the home?

32. Do ADUs attached to your primary home meet all the same Wildfire Prepared Home requirements as the primary home?

33. Are your metal gutters also covered with a gutter guard to prevent debris buildup?

34. Are your eaves and soffits enclosed or protected on the exposed underside by one of the following? — Noncombustible or ignition-resistant materials — 2-inch lumber

35. Are your dryer vents made of metal?

36. Is your wall covering/cladding made of a noncombustible or ignition-resistant material such as metal siding, fiber-cement siding, masonry veneer or stucco?

37. Are your shutters made of noncombustible materials?

38. Do all exterior windows, skylights, and glazed openings within doors meet one of the following requirements? — Multipaned glass with a tempered outer pane — Glass blocks (windows only)

39. Do all exterior doors have noncombustible surface or cladding OR have noncombustible storm doors installed as the outermost exterior door?

40. Have you enclosed any open space under first-floor bay windows with a noncombustible wall section?

41. Is your deck—including metal posts, joists, railings, and walking surfaces—constructed with noncombustible materials such as metal?

42. Have you eliminated back-to-back fencing, meaning there is at least 3 feet of space between separate fences?

43. Are all unattached accessory structures and outbuildings that are each greater than or equal to 15 square feet (such as sheds, gazebos, ADUs, dog houses, etc.) located at least 30 feet from your home?

44. Do ADUs attached to your primary home meet the same Wildfire Prepared Home Plus requirements as the primary home?

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