A. Research shows that the most effective steps to prevent homes from burning involve incorporating fire-safe features on buildings (e.g., roofing materials and vent screens). Remember that many times a home with defensible space will burn if attic and foundation screens allow embers to get inside. Make sure your vents have 1/8 screening material or “Vulcan Vents”. Be sure there are no dry leaves on your roof or in uncovered gutters. Also, be sure that no flammable material is stored near the house. Wood piles should be 30’ away or covered with a California certified fire-retardant tarp. Wood fences should not touch the house. Defensible Space Advisors will also give you tips on home hardening when they advise about defensible space.