New Gable Vents Help Protect Structures From Devastating Wildfires & Wind-Driven Rain

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Press Release:

Yorba Linda, California- A new company, Embers Out LLC., located in Yorba Linda, California is pleased to announce its product launch of fire and water damage prevention gable vents proven to help safeguard residential and commercial properties from wildfires and extreme wind-driven rain conditions. The new Embers Out Elite Vent protects structures from fire embers, wind-driven-rain, dust and debris, bees, wasps and other animals from entering the attic space through the vent, all while meeting the standards for Net Free Ventilation Area (NFVA).


In July of 2014 the ASTM Fire Standards Committee approved new, very strict standards for ember and direct flame impingement testing of exterior vents, “ASTM E2886/E2886M-14 Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Ability of Exterior Vents to Resist the Entry of Embers and Direct Flame Impingement”. To date, the Elite Vent is the only vent to pass these stringent testing standards. The Embers Out Elite Vent experienced no flame impingement and blocked 100% of embers from penetrating through the vent.


Wildfires occur suddenly and without warning and when they hit a residential area they devastate a community and cause thousands, or even millions of dollars in damage. During a wildfire structures are at greatest risk due to ember attacks, not direct flames. Hot embers from a wildfire can travel for long distances and penetrate a home’s typical gable vent starting a fire in the attic and burning the structure from the inside out. Homes are also vulnerable to harmful water damage caused by rain entering an attic which can cause mold, mildew and structural rotting. The effects of water damage poses health risks and is very expensive to the homeowner and insurance company to repair. The Elite Vent can help stop both of these costly and potentially deadly scenarios from occurring.


The patent-pending design was created by George Sherry, a retired principal engineer and scientist with 45 years’ experience in the mechanical design field. George created the vent concept in 1989 after rain entered his attic causing flooding and water damage in his home. Upon inspecting the source of the damage, he discovered an inherent design flaw in the existing vents and modified them to withstand wind-driven rain and flying embers. In 2008, there was a devastating fire in the canyon behind Mr. Sherry’s home, now named the “Freeway Complex Fire”. All the homes surrounding Mr. Sherry’s home burned to the ground while his did not. Fireman from the Yorba Linda Fire Department were convinced the modified vents protected it from the ember attacks that destroyed the other homes in the neighborhood.


Embers Out Elite Vents are currently available for purchase and come in multiple sizes in two designs for both existing structures or new construction. Each vent is proudly made in the United States and constructed of paintable aluminum. It is nontoxic, lightweight yet strong, nonmagnetic and resistant to rust and corrosion. The vent does not rely on a chemical reaction or moving parts and is superior to all mesh-style vents for home protection.


Homeowners and construction professionals may get more information by visiting the company website at