Fire resistance must be built in

More fire resistant materials will be required by law for new construction in California, including homes, beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

Changes to the California Building Standards Code will effect construction materials used to build homes, state government buildings, schools, hospitals and other occupancies regulated by the state.

“These new codes will not make your home fire proof,” said Steve Quarles, a University of California Cooperative Extension wood product advisor. “They are designed to improve the chances of your home surviving a wildfire.”

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