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Hayward Lumber holds an event to show people how to build and improve homes to become more fire resistant

SANTA MARIA, Calif.- The event shows contractors how they can design buildings to become more resistant to fire.

Hayward Lumber showed contractors ways to protect homes from fire as the drought worsens and we head into the driest months of the year.

“Not everybody understands the issue of the fire and issues of wildfire. And so it's called wildland urban interface. What that means is we're building houses closer to places of risk," said Mark Laliberte, the Chief Development Officer of Hayward Lumber.

Hayward Lumber says homeowners can make improvements to their home. This can make a huge difference in a fire.

"We did a demonstration on glass and how important that is that many houses still have single glazing in this in California. Two layers of glass doubles the insulation value and also resists the potential for fire to move through back into the house," said Mark Laliberte.

Santa Maria fire says even with improvements to a home homeowners should also pay attention to the outside.

All of these building elements are our great but you need to maintain your vegetation. So if you're pulling your vegetation back from your structures, removing the dead and dry materials your structure has a much better chance to survive a fire coming in from the outside than it would if you let the vegetation grow against your house or over your roof," said Santa Maria Fire Marshall Jim Austin.

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