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Low Risk Log Cabin: How To Protect Your Log Cabin From Fire

There is nothing quite as luxurious as having a vacation home. Just knowing you can get away from the city and from work and take a vacation to your second home is a beautiful thing.  A statuesque log cabin inside of a suburban vacation area is the perfect place to go and relax. One item of importance that may keep you from relaxing is thinking about your home’s ability to catch fire. If you want to mitigate your risks while living in a log cabin in a wildfire-prone area, here are some tips on fire protection.

Keep the yard raked and the gutter clear

One of the smallest yet most dangerous ways that a log cabin becomes prone to catching fire more easily is by having leaves and wood all around the cabin, along with having leaves and branches in the gutters. When you are at the home, be sure to keep too many leaves and other debris from accumulating around the home structure. When you are gone, have maintenance clean the yard and gutters on a bi-weekly basis.

Build a metal roof

Most log cabins will have a fireplace. Though this is the perfect way to heat the home and relax, this is also one of the ways that the structure can catch fire. Hire a construction firm to replace the roof of your log cabin with metal materials. The metal can be made in different colors and can blend in perfectly with your long cabin’s wood shade. Metal roofs will also not catch fire, making running the home’s fireplace less likely to cause the embers that escape the chimney to cause any blazes.

Pave a proper road path

Even if your log home is more rural, you want to make sure that you pave a road and a proper driveway. Clearing out this path of trees means that you and your family can easily get out if a fire starts at your home or in the woods nearby. It also means that the fire department will be able to pull up to your home and fight the fire properly, rather than having to navigate a rural area to help put out any fire. Hire a contractor to make a proper driveway and create access to the main road.

Live near a body of water

Even if you make sure your home is built with fire protection in mind, there is a possibility that a wildfire or a fire at a nearby cabin can set off a chain of events. To help the firefighters and to protect your home, live near a body of water. If no fire hydrants are readily available, you can create a man-made pond near your home. Fire departments are conscious of water availability and can draw from lakes, ponds, and other water bodies nearby. Having water near your house can save your log cabin.

For more ideas on fire protection, contact a company like The Safety Team Inc.