Fire is one of the biggest threats to log cabins — especially in remote areas. It’s incredibly important to fireproof mountain cabins and any other structures located in the woods.
Though you can never eliminate the risk of a cabin fire entirely, there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out and spreading on your property. By addressing the outdoor areas, indoor living spaces, and the structural components of the house itself, it is possible to make your cabin much more fire-resistant.
Let’s take a look at some of the most practical ways to fireproof a cabin, starting on the outside of the property and moving in toward the structure itself.
Tree Removal and Maintenance
Trees, shrubs, and leaves can serve as the perfect tinder in the right conditions. Staying on top of lawn maintenance is a great way to fireproof the cabin. Dead trees and broken tree limbs should be removed immediately, as they can dry out and become prime kindling for fires.
Dead and dense vegetation should be cleared at least 30 feet from the cabin perimeter. In addition, trimming low-hanging tree branches is another great fire safety habit. Experts recommend clearing low tree limbs up to 10 feet high on larger trees. Leaf removal is also very important to stay on top of. Keep gutters clear of fallen leaves, and don’t let leaf piles accumulate close to the cabin.
Store Flammable Items Safely
All flammable materials should be stored properly. This includes fuel, generators, machinery, and any other chemicals used on the property. Certain liquids and cleaning products can also contain chemicals that lead to spontaneous combustion or have high flammability. Storing these items safely can help improve the fire safety of the cabin.
Keep Fire Pits Clean and Clear
Anytime a fire is built on the property, it should be properly enclosed at a safe distance from the cabin. Fire pits should have a wide girth of space between the pit and surrounding vegetation to keep the fire from spreading. Firewood should be kept at a healthy distance away from the cabin rather than right next to the structure. Fires should never be left unattended and they should always be put out properly.
Have Multiple Water Sources on Property
When building a fireproof mountain cabin, it’s always a good idea to have more than one source of water located on the property. Keeping a long garden hose nearby is a great idea, too, but having a secondary water source can help add the extra resources needed to stop a fire from spreading. In addition, keep multiple fire extinguishers stashed in different parts of the cabin and in storage sheds to boost fire safety in an emergency.
Stay Connected with the Local Fire Department
Most cabin properties are relatively removed from city services, and some properties may even need to rely on volunteer fire brigades. Staying in touch with the local fire department is absolutely essential when trying to create a fireproof cabin. Keep their information on hand, including contact numbers, and be sure you can provide the GPS coordinates of your property if it’s located deep in the woods.
Remodel with Fire Resistant Materials
Another smart approach to creating a fireproof cabin is to reduce the use of flammable building materials and opt for building with fire resistant materials instead. This goes for every aspect of the mountain cabin, including roofing, siding, living spaces, furniture, and appliances. The fewer flammable objects in and around the structure, the closer you are to creating a fireproof cabin.
Wood and vinyl siding can go up in flames when exposed to a growing fire — even if they’ve been treated with chemicals to reduce their flammability. Swap out these flammable materials anywhere and everywhere you can, whether you’re building a cabin from the ground up or remodeling an existing mountain cabin. Building with materials that are fire-resistant in the first place can give homeowners a jumpstart on protecting their cabin in the long run.
Fire-Resistant Log Siding
Steel siding is one example of a building material that offers superior protection against the spread of fire. Crafted to resemble real wood, steel log siding has all the beauty of an authentic cabin structure. There are even log-style steel products and steel panels with natural wood grain patterns. Plus, steel siding can be found in a gorgeous range of colors that are consistent with natural wood, like cedar and ash. It has a Class A Fire Rating, so wood-look steel siding can be an excellent step toward building a fireproof cabin in the woods.
TruLog is a leading provider of fire-resistant siding for cabins. Contact TruLog today to explore their great selection of fire-resistant siding products that are ideal for outfitting fireproof cabins.