Noted technology forecaster Paul Saffo lives in a Bay Area neighborhood designated as a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone—fire-resistant
construction is mandated for all new houses, but existing ones are grandfathered in.
When his generations-old Craftsman needed a new roof anyway, Saffo decided to try to make his home as safe as he could.
Saffo replaced his shake roof with Class A fireproof composition shake. On the walls, he opted for fire-resistant treated shingles. Class A cap sheet underlayment helps protect the framing from flying sparks.
Click ahead for more of his fire-safe home ideas.