Protect Against Wildfires
Fireworks. Careless campers. Or even sparks from a car engine. All of these can easily ignite wildfires, particularly when land is dry like in many areas of California and Nevada, which are currently experiencing drought–like conditions. Last year alone, more than 5,600 wildfires raged in California, engulfing more than 90,000 acres of land and hundreds of homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) reports.
Wildfires can be a real threat, but there are steps that homeowners can take to help protect their property and residences before a fire begins.
In the Yard
Prune the trees. Rake the leaves. Mow the grass. It sounds like a list of typical Saturday chores. But it’s also a critical head start toward protecting your home from wildfires. Keep the area around your home free of combustible materials.
Install a sprinkler system.
Keep tree branches trimmed and away from touching your home.
Run equipment responsibly. While it’s important to maintain your yard (and keep potential fire hazards at bay), know that lawn mowers, weed eaters, tractors, chainsaws and other yard equipment can launch sparks that can jumpstart a fire. Take caution when operating these types of equipment, and prevent fires.
In your Home
Use fire-retardant materials in construction whenever possible.
Make sure water supplies are clearly identified and available.
Stockpile three days worth of water in case of an emergency.
Create a kit to grab and go in case you need to leave quickly. Include medications, prescriptions and important insurance information.
In advance, identify at least two exit routes away from your home.
Have a plan. If a wildfire does occur, have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure you and your family know where to go and where to meet if separated. Don’t forget pets, plus food and water for them.
For more information, follow this handy Homeowners Checklist.
No home is immune from wildfire risk.
On average, 140,000 wildfires occur across the U.S. each year. It’s also true that your home’s chances of survival increase when you prepare in advance. Find more great tips at CAL FIRE’s wildfire prevention website.
Stay safe in the home you’re in. But if you’re looking for a new home, our New Home Specialists would love to assist you.