In many parts of the United States, wildfire risk begins early spring and continues into the fall. If you live in a wildfire-prone area, it’s crucial to be prepared for fire activity. Every year, wildfires destroy thousands of homes; however, there are steps you can take to help slow or interrupt the path of fire near your property.
Consider the following guidelines for improving wildfire safety at your house:
Build smart. Choose fire-resistant roofing materials (e.g., slate, metal or clay) and safe materials for your house siding, like ciber cement. Repair or replace these materials when necessary.
Remove clutter. Regularly clear your roof, gutters and surrounding property of anything that could fuel a wildfire (e.g.,leaves, dead vegetation or fallen branches).
Store safely. Keep fuel sources and firewood stored at least 50 feet from your house.
Have an emergency water supply. Clearly label emergency water supply sources on your property to help first responders locate them if there’s a fire. Acceptable sources may include; pools, ponds, storage tanks and fire hydrants.
Landscape carefully. Plant drought- and wind-resistant vegetation native to the area and slow-growing. Keep plants safely spaced away from your home and away from other plants to stop flames from spreading quickly.
Secure adequate insurance. Take inventory of your personal belongings and their value. Review your homeowners insurance policy with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be adequately compensated if a wildfire damages your home or possessions. Adjust your coverage accordingly.
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