​​How to reduce the vulnerability of garages

  • Whether a garage is detached or attached, include it in defensible space planning and maintenance, including the ember-resistant zone.
  • Make sure the space between the garage door and framing is well sealed to minimize the entry of embers into the garage.
  • Garage windows, vents and other construction components should be treated the same as they would be if part of the home.
  • Add a battery back-up to the garage door motor so that the garage can easily be opened or closed if power is out.
  • Close garage doors when wildfire is threatening.

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