Before the Fire
What to do BEFORE a Wildfire:
• Create defensible space to separate your home from flammable vegetation
and materials (minimum 30 ft)
•Adhere to all local fire and building codes and weed abatement ordinances.
•Prune all lower branches 8 feet from the ground.
•Keep all trees and shrub limbs trimmed so they do not come into contact with
electrical wires or overhang your chimney (Do not trim around power lines yourself, call a professional).
•Keep trees adjacent to buildings free of dead or dying branches.
•Stack firewood away from your home and other buildings (Keep clearance around your piles).
•Keep roof surfaces clear of pine needles, leaves and debris at all times.
•Clean chimneys and check and maintain spark arresters twice a year.
•Keep rain gutters clear of debris at all times.
•Use approved fire-resistant materials when building, renovating or retrofitting structures.
•Be sure your house numbers show clearly from the street, both day and night.
•Store combustible or flammable materials in approved containers.
•Store all important papers in a fireproof container or keep copies at another location.
•Make evacuation plans with family members. Include several options for an outside meeting place and contact person. Practice regularly.
•Keep battery-operated radios and flashlights with additional fresh batteries on hand.
•Ensure all your smoke alarms are in working order.
•Display your homes address on a Blue Reflective address sign.
•Keep lawns and fields mowed and watered.