In 2020, over 18,000 building structures were burned in wildfires across the country. These fires are often caused by small individual embers and not just engulfed by direct flame contact. As a result, the building materials used can be the difference between protecting a home and losing it to fire. Anush Anand identifies the problem with vinyl products and illustrates the risk homeowners take when relying on vinyl through statistics, reasoning, and a demonstration. He also discusses solutions and proposes potential legislation to have a positive, long-lasting impact on home protection in the future.



Santa Cruz, CA
November 2021

TEDx Video: Say No to Vinyl; Save Your House

Shared my idea worth spreading at the TEDx Countdown event on November 7, 2021. Because wildfires are caused by extreme droughts and weather conditions, my talk will be among other TEDx solutions offered during this international 2-month event.

North Rodeo Gulch FireWise Event

Santa Cruz, CA
September 2021


Gave a 5-minute speech about the dangers of using vinyl and showed photos from the demonstration to educate homeowners in wildfire areas about fire-resistant building materials.







To mimic what often happens with wildfires and ember storms, I started a small fire with matches, wood chips, and mulch.  By using a leaf blower, I simulated an ember storm.



Fresh embers landed and piled up into the two gutters. While the aluminum stayed perfectly intact, the vinyl gutter melted until the side folded down.

About Me

Anush Anand, Homestead High, Class of 22/Senior

Anush Anand is a high shool senior in Sunnyvale, California and enjoys
community service, soccer, and Boy Scouts. He also competes in FBLA and Robotics and works as a youth soccer referee. Anush hopes to dramatically reduce the vinyl used in home protection and plans on continuing to advocate for fire prevention.