Earth911 Quiz #64: Wildfire Preparation Challenge
With the Summer comes wildfires in many parts of the U.S. and around the world. In this Earth911 Quiz, you’ll test your knowledge of causes of wildfire, how to landscape and build to prevent fire spreading to your home, and what to have ready if you need to evacuate.
Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.
What items should be part your wildfire preparation plan?
Since 1983, the National Interagency Fire Center has recorded more than 72,000 wildfires in the U.S. What are the key items to have on hand to respond to smoke and fire in your area?
What is the right-sized “defensible space” around a home for wildfire protection?
Making your property ready to resist fire is an important investment if you live in the forest or dry western United States, where whole towns have burned in recent years. What is the right size for a defense perimeter around your home?
Can responsible forestry practices prevent wildfire?
President Trump has claimed “raking the forest” would prevent wildfires. Does responsible forestry reduce the severity and frequency of wildfire?
What is highest air-particulate level that is save for breathing?
When wildfires break out they produce an immense plume of ash and smoke that can be dangerous for people with respiratory illnesses, as well as the rest of the population for hundreds of miles. What is the highest particulate level, in parts per million (ppm), considered safe for breathing without a mask?
What roofing fire rating is recommended for homes in wildfire regions?
When shopping for roofing, be sure to check the fire-resistance rating of the materials. What is the minimum rating level should you purchase to prevent fire?