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Posted on: March 16, 2018

How can You Defend your Home from a Wildfire?

What is Defensible Space?
A 30-foot cleared area greatly reduces the chance of the home catching fire in the event of a wildland fire. In addition, shrubbery, grass and trees can be trimmed back or removed to hinder the advance of a fire. Crews create "defensible space" around homes so that, in the event of a wildfire, flames will be less likely to come into contact with buildings and other protected structures.

FireWise Tips:
1. Keep a clearing of at least 30 feet around your house for firefighting equipment.
2. Space the trees you plant carefully.
3. Remove "ladder fuels". They link the grasses and the treetops.
4. Create "fuel break" (driveways, gravel walkways, or lawns).
5. Maintain your irrigation system regularly.
6. Prune tree limbs so the lowest is between 6' - 10' from the ground.
7. Remove leaf clutter from your roof and yard.
8. Mow regularly.
9. Remove dead or overhanging branches.
10. Store firewood away from your house.
11. Refuel garden equipment carefully.
12. Maintain garden equipment regularly.
13. If you smoke, use your ashtray.
14. Store and use flammable liquids properly.
15. Dispose of cuttings and debris promptly, according to local regulations.
16. Observe local regulations regarding vegetative clearances and fire safety equipment requirements.
17. Check your hose to be sure it is in good repair.
18. Don't keep combustible materials under decks or elevated porches.
19. Make trellises of non-flammable metal.
20. Have at least two ground-level doors as safety exits.
21. Keep at least two means of escape (either a door/window) in each room.
22. Mark your driveway and access roads clearly.
23. Keep ample turnaround space near your house for fire equipment.
24. Prevent sparks from entering your house by covering vents with wire mesh no larger than 1/8".
25. When possible, use construction materials that are fire-resistant or non-combustible.

Where Can I Get More Information?
Visit www.firewise.org 


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