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Steps to Protect Your Home from Wildfire
Things you can do to help protect your home from wildfire:
just a little time
- Move your firewood pile out of your home’s defensible
- Perform a FIREWISE assessment of your home.
- Clean your
roof and gutters of leaves and pine needles (best done
- Clear the view of your house number
so it can be easily seen from the street.
- Put a hose (at least 100’ long)
on a rack and attach it
to an outside faucet.
- Trim all tree branches that overhang
- Trim all tree branches from within 20’ of all chimneys.
trees along the driveway to make it 12’ wide.
- Prune branches over hang ing the driveway to have 14’
- Maintain a green lawn
for 30’ around your
- If new homes are still
being built in your area,
talk to the developer and
local zoning officials
about building standards.
- Plan and discuss an escape plan with your family. Have
a practice drill. Include your pets.
- Get involved with your community’s disaster mitigation
- Check your fire extinguishers. Are they still charged?
Are they easy to get to in an emergency? Does everyone
in the family know where they are and how to use them?
- Clear dead wood and dense flammable vegetation
from your home’s defensible space.
- Remove conifer shrubs from your home’s defensible
space especially if your home is in a high-risk area.
- Review your homeowner’s insurance policy for
adequate coverage. Consult your insurance agent
about costs of re build ing and repairs in your area.
- Talk to your children about not starting fires or playing
- If you have a burn barrel that you
use for burning trash, STOP!
- Compost leaves in the fall, don’t
burn them. Always follow local
- Always have a shovel on
hand and hook up the
garden hose BEFORE you
start the fire.
- Never burn if the smoke and
flames are blowing towards
your home (or your neighbor’s