Wildfire Prevention

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Now is the perfect time of year to get ahead of wildfire danger, especially if you live by undeveloped or rural areas. While it has rained a fair amount this year, it will get hot and dry again and the risk of grass fires WILL rise! Here are 10 Easy Steps to improve your home’s “defensible space,” and more detail can be found here:

  1. Prune dead and low-hanging tree limbs 6 to 10 feet from the ground around house.
  2. Keep roof and gutters free from leaves and needles.
  3. Store all gas, oil and other chemicals away from the house. This includes propane tanks on BBQ pits.
  4. Relocate your woodpile and any leftover building materials at least 30’ from house.  NOTE:  It is best to not locate the woodpile directly uphill or downhill of any structures.
  5. If you or your guests smoke, use deep, wide ashtrays on the flat ground or a sturdy table. Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing in water or sand is the best way! Never throw them in mulch or landscaping.
  6. Enclose spaces under porches, decks, foundations and overhangs, and roof/attic vent openings with 1/8” metal screening.
  7. Ensure that your property’s signs, address and access are well marked, and they are visible both night and day. Reflective numbering/lettering that is 3” or larger is recommended.
  8. Connect garden hoses on all sides of your house.
  9. Place tools (such as ladders, shovels, rakes and hoes) for easy access to fire fighters.
  10. Check driveway for adequate clearance for emergency vehicles (both height and width)

And lastly, in anticipation of a possible wildfire in your area, everyone in your household should become familiar with Ready, Set, Go!