fire prevention

This is directly off the firewise.org wildeland fire safety tip sheet. Clink the link above to see more, including a downloadable copy of this information if a much prettier format.

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S.,and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. But by working together, residents
can make their own property — and their neighborhood — much safer from wildfire.

Action steps for around your home:

• CLEAR
leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.

• REMOVE
dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.

• SCREEN
or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.

• REMOVE
flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.

• PRUNE
Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.

• KEEP
your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

• DISPOSE
of debris and lawn cuttings quickly to reduce fuel for fire.

• INSPECT
shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.

• COVER
exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.

• ENCLOSE
under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry