Firezat - Fire Shield Deployment Info
Steps and Tips to Deploy Your Fire Shields
Here are some things to keep in mind that will make it easier and safer to protect your home during a bushfire or wildfire event.
There is no one right way to wrap a structure, but there are some easy basics that help get the job done. Make spure you start with a plan. You may feel unsure in the beginning but once you position some material it quickly makes sense.
Break the project into panels or blocks, IE.. The roof, then the front of the house, then the right side, then the back and so on. Assemble the tools you need. Something to prop up the roll to spool off material to cut to size. Staple guns and staples, chicken wire and cutters, tape measure, ladders and step stools, scissors or retractable knife, needle nose pliers for staple removal, sunglasses if deploying during the day, soaker hose if deploying water, and any others you might need. Have your sandbags filled, helpers ready, and start as early as possible to beat the winds. The best time to install is early in the morning or late evening before the winds pickup. Always be careful when working on ladders, roofs, and transporting material in wind near powerlines.
First, measure a panel and cut the Fire Shield to length. Attach the fire shields to the structure so they are firmly held in place. This is usually done with staples. When doing walls start at the bottom and work up so your overlapping seams don’t allow a gap for firebrands. Make sure to use a large Sharpie pen and outline windows and glass doors so you know where under the wrap. This way a ladder won’t be throw against the wrap and break the window. On removal, carefully remove staples with needle nose pliers, mark each panel’s location, lower front, upper front, right side lower etc. Fold or roll the material for reuse on next fire.
Once the structure is wrapped secure it for the wind gusts with chicken wire. Remember the winds will attack the structure for hours so make sure there are no loose flaps that can be pulled off. The chicken wire should be stretched and stapled as needed protecting seams, corners, and eaves. It is inexpensive insurance and reusable.
The first time you wrap a structure it will take longer. Make sure you have 3 or 4 people to help for 4 or 5 hours. It may go faster but the second time you wrap it will take half the time it did the first time. That is about the same amount of time it would take to spray with foam. Once your shields are up your home is protected for days, weeks, or until you take them down. And your home will be cooler because all that heat is reflected away, a big air conditioner without the power bill.