BREAKING NEWS: Agency has tips for wildfire safeguards
• For more information on wildfire prevention visitwww.flash.orgorwww.protect-your-home.org
With the wildfires already affecting parts of California and the threat rising across the state, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers wildfire prevention tips for residents. You can protect your home and prepare your family for wildfires. Wildfires move fast and embers can be blown more than a mile from the flames so it is critical to take action to make your home wildfire-resilient:
Prepare your family• Have a
fire disaster planincluding at least two, pre-determined evacuation routes, a NOAA Weather Radio and
disaster kitfor your family.
• Follow any and all
Protect your home• Make sure your street number is legible and clearly marked for emergency responders.
• Identify an emergency water supply within 1,000 feet of your home through one of the following:
-Community water/hydrant system, and/or
-Drafting site on a lake
-Cooperative emergency storage tank with neighbors
• Remove fuels that can lead flames to your home or that can become ignited from windblown embers, including:
-Dead grass, leaves, etc. (fine fuels) and dead twigs, branches, etc. (coarse fuels) within 30 feet of buildings.
-Dry leaf/pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways
-Dead and dry litter at the base of plants
-Tree branches (ladder fuels) within 6-10 feet of the ground
-Firewood within 30 feet of buildings
-Continuous beds of combustible vegetation (on the ground or in tree tops) that can bring large flames within 100 feet of your home.
• Move any storage sheds including lawn mowers, grills, gas cans and tanks away from your home.
• Clean your gutters, eaves and roof to make sure they are clear of debris.
• Before a threat, landscape with fire resistant, native plant species that retain moisture and resist ignition. Plant species that retain moisture and resist ignition including native, fire-resistant vegetation (check with local forestry agency).
• Keep fire prone trees and shrubs away from your home and far enough apart, so they won’t ignite one another.
• Install metal screening that blocks embers from entering your buildings, including:
-Noncombustible 1/8 inch on attic/crawl space vents, and around low decks
-Noncombustible (metal, etc.) skirting around mobile homes.
• If under a wildfire threat, only remove dead leaves or vegetation when local garbage collection services will have time to pick up the debris. Do not burn vegetation without following local requirements.
— Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting
www.flash.orgor calling (877) 221- SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the
FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH