Firewise Around The Home

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Firewise Around The Home - Quiz

Test your knowledge with these ten questions about Firewise practices around your home!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the safety benefits to keeping your lawn well-hydrated and maintained? 

    • A.

      Reduces a fire’s intensity

    • B.

      Creates less fuel for a wildfire

    • C.

      Makes it easy to mow

    • D.

      A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. A and B
    Explanation
    Keeping your lawn well-hydrated and maintained reduces the intensity of a fire and creates less fuel for a wildfire. This is because a well-hydrated lawn has less dry vegetation that can easily catch fire and spread. Additionally, a well-maintained lawn makes it easier to mow, ensuring that the grass remains short and less likely to ignite. Therefore, the safety benefits of keeping your lawn well-hydrated and maintained include reducing the risk and intensity of fires.

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  • 2. 

    What material is best used to enclose under-eave and soffit vents to prevent embers from entering the home? 

    • A.

      Metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch

    • B.

      Metal plate

    • C.

      Metal wire mesh no larger than 1/4 inch

    • D.

      Aluminum foil sheets

    Correct Answer
    A. Metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch
    Explanation
    A metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch is the best material to enclose under-eave and soffit vents to prevent embers from entering the home. This size of mesh is small enough to effectively block embers while still allowing for proper ventilation. Metal plate and aluminum foil sheets would not provide sufficient protection against embers, and a metal wire mesh larger than 1/8 inch would allow smaller embers to pass through.

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  • 3. 

    What flammable material should be moved 30 feet away from your home?

    • A.

      Firewood stacks

    • B.

      Propane tanks

    • C.

      Overgrown shrubs

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the mentioned options (firewood stacks, propane tanks, and overgrown shrubs) should be moved 30 feet away from your home because they are flammable materials that can pose a fire hazard. Firewood stacks can easily catch fire and spread to your home, propane tanks can explode if exposed to heat or fire, and overgrown shrubs can act as fuel for a fire. Moving these materials away from your home reduces the risk of fire and helps to keep your property and family safe.

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  • 4. 

    Why is it important to prune tree branches 6 to 10 feet from the ground?

    • A.

      Less leaves and debris fall on the ground

    • B.

      Prevents wildfire from spreading to tree tops

    • C.

      Prevents the tree from burning down

    • D.

      Keeps tree limbs from falling on a house

    Correct Answer
    B. Prevents wildfire from spreading to tree tops
    Explanation
    Pruning tree branches 6 to 10 feet from the ground is important because it helps prevent wildfires from spreading to the tree tops. By removing lower branches, the fire is less likely to climb up the tree and spread to the higher branches, reducing the risk of the fire becoming more severe and harder to control. This practice is a preventive measure to protect the tree and surrounding areas from the potential devastation of wildfires.

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  • 5. 

    What Firewise safety tip helps protect your home from wildland fire?

    • A.

      Creating an emergency evacuation plan

    • B.

      Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks

    • C.

      Storing lawn furniture away during red-flag warnings

    • D.

      B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. B and C
    Explanation
    Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks helps protect your home from wildland fire by reducing potential fuel sources that can ignite and spread the fire. Storing lawn furniture away during red-flag warnings is also important as it prevents the furniture from catching fire and potentially spreading the fire to your home. By implementing both of these safety tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of your home being damaged or destroyed by a wildland fire.

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  • 6. 

    Ember or spark penetration to the home can happen through what means?

    • A.

      Window screen

    • B.

      Missing or loose shingles/roof tiles

    • C.

      Open garage doors

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Ember or spark penetration to the home can occur through various means such as window screens, missing or loose shingles/roof tiles, and open garage doors. These openings provide pathways for embers or sparks to enter the home, increasing the risk of fire. Therefore, all of the options mentioned above are potential ways for ember or spark penetration to happen.

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  • 7. 

    What plants are recommended for Firewise landscaping?  

    • A.

      Seasonal, flowering plants

    • B.

      Waxy, short-leaved plants

    • C.

      Low-growing, low flammability plants

    • D.

      Tall weeds

    Correct Answer
    C. Low-growing, low flammability plants
    Explanation
    Low-growing, low flammability plants are recommended for Firewise landscaping because they are less likely to catch fire and spread flames. These types of plants have a lower fuel load and are less likely to produce embers that can ignite nearby structures. By choosing low-growing, low flammability plants, homeowners can create a defensible space around their property that helps reduce the risk of fire spreading and damaging their home.

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  • 8. 

    What area near the house should be clear of debris and other flammable materials?

    • A.

      Garage

    • B.

      Under decks and porches

    • C.

      Pool

    • D.

      Driveway

    Correct Answer
    B. Under decks and porches
    Explanation
    Under decks and porches should be clear of debris and other flammable materials because these areas are often enclosed and can easily catch fire. Debris and flammable materials can provide fuel for a fire to spread quickly, endangering the house and its occupants. Keeping these areas clear reduces the risk of a fire starting and helps to ensure the safety of the property.

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  • 9. 

    What kind of roofing material is considered “Class A” for the best fire resistance? 

    • A.

      Asphalt shingle

    • B.

      Concrete tile

    • C.

      Metal

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above roofing materials (asphalt shingle, concrete tile, and metal) are considered "Class A" for the best fire resistance. This means that they have the highest level of fire resistance and are able to withstand severe fire exposure.

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  • 10. 

    What types of fuel breaks work well around a home’s perimeter?

    • A.

      Gravel walkway

    • B.

      Driveway

    • C.

      Stone wall

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above options (gravel walkway, driveway, and stone wall) work well as fuel breaks around a home's perimeter. These features create a physical barrier that can help prevent the spread of fire by reducing the amount of flammable vegetation near the house. Gravel walkways and driveways can act as a firebreak by providing a non-flammable surface, while stone walls can serve as a barrier to fire. Having all of these fuel breaks in place can significantly enhance the fire safety of a home.

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