Mercury Insurance and Wildfire Expert Douglas Kent Advise Californians on Fireproofing Their Homes
Mercury Insurance offers homeowners a downloadable “Be Wildfire Ready” guide, which contains detailed mitigation steps with projects to tackle around the home and property.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 8, 2021) – A severe wildfire season is predicted for 2021 – and fires have already burned 18 square miles more in California than they had burned this time last year – so preparing homes and properties to help protect against their damage is imperative. However, this can be an overwhelming undertaking if you don’t know where to start.
Wildfire land management expert Douglas Kent, author of “Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape,” helps ease the anxiety by providing Californians with an organized set of tasks for how to fireproof their homes from wildfires. Additionally, Mercury Insurance offers homeowners a downloadable “Be Wildfire Ready” guide, which contains detailed mitigation steps with projects to tackle around the home and property.
Tips to Fireproof Your Home
Kent recommends prioritizing these tasks to fireproof your home from wildfires:
1. Maintain a fire-shielded home
This means, the roof, siding and windows should be built and maintained to endure the onslaught of firebrands – the embers carried well-ahead of a fire.
2. Remove anything flammable from the first five feet closes to your home
This task is not time-consuming but does require regular maintenance throughout the year.
3. Landscape the 30 feet surrounding your home
Proper landscaping can help protect your home from fires by enduring firebrands and intense heat, as well as continue to provide the recreation, storage and privacy you already expect from your yard.
About Mercury Insurance
Mercury Insurance (MCY) is a multiple-line insurance organization predominantly offering personal automobile, homeowners and commercial insurance through a network of independent agents in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. Since 1962, Mercury has specialized in offering quality insurance at affordable prices. For more information visit or and follow the company on .
Last updated: April 17, 2023