Foam Gutter Guard Material: BEWARE – Not Wildfire Safe!

FIRESafe MARIN strongly discourages the use of foam insert gutter guard materials, even if the manufacturer makes claims related to fire-resistance.  In our informal testing, these materials were highly combustible, ignite easily, and spread fire rapidly.  We’ve contacted the California State Fire Marshal and Consumer Product Safety Commission to ask for assistance in removing these products which are being aggressively marketed to homeowners in the WUI.

In this video, a small amount of leafy debris was applied to DAMP foam gutter guard, sold at Home Depot with “Fire Resistant” in the product’s name! Although the leafy material barely sustained flame, the foam material ignited readily and sustained combustion, exhibiting 12-16″ flames and emitting acrid black smoke.