With the recent bad brush fire seasons, it is more important than ever to create a landscape around your home that is less vulnerable to fire. This is most important for homes surrounded by vegetation or in remote areas.
Here are a few tips to help protect your home:
• Keep Space - Have a minimum of 25 to 30 ft. of space surrounding your home that is free of flammable materials
• Cut Back - Prune shrubs and cut back tree branches, especially within 15 ft. of your chimney
• Remove Fuel - Remove dead plant materials from around your home including dead leaves, stacked firewood and dry grass
• The Right Plantings - Plant fire-resistant vegetation that is healthy and green throughout the year
• Prune Trees - Prune low tree branches – so the minimum height is 6 to 8 feet from the ground
• Keep it Clear - Keep your roof and gutters free of leaves and pine straw
• Mow - Keep your lawn mowed regularly and dispose of cuttings and debris promptly
• Make Way - Make sure your driveway is at least 14 ft. wide to help accommodate firefighting apparatus
• Your Roof - Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
• Storage - Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.
You may also want to visit the website http://www.firewise.org/ which as a great deal of information on fire prevention and community programs to help prevent fires.