When wildfire season is upon us, it is important to take all the necessary precautionary measures to keep your home safe. You may not be able to stop a wildfire from occurring in your area, but you can take measures to keep your home and your family much safer. Wildfires rage out of control and you never know when one might hit your region. Be prepared for it as best you can.
Here is how to keep your home safe from wildfire:
Shrubbery- If you live in an area that is prone to wildfire, the first thing to remember is to keep the shrubbery away from the home. You don’t want a lot of growth right against you house because that gives wildfire more fuel to burn. If you must have shrubbery close to you home, keep it well weeded and get all dead plants out of the flowerbed as soon as possible. Keeping shrubbery from your home is one of the best ways to keep wildfire from attacking it.
Dead Leaves and Grass- After mowing the grass, clean up the loose grass so that you don’t add fuel for the fire. You should also clean up leaves that have fallen on the ground. Leaving the fall mess because you don’t feel like bothering with it can cause your home to burn down in the summer wildfire months within a matter of minutes.
Tall Trees Surrounding the Home- Make sure to trim tall trees that are surrounding your home. Keep them from touching or hanging over your roof or against the home in any manner. The less you have around your home, the better chance your home will have of surviving a wildfire invasion.
Toys/Junk/Trash- Keep your yard clean of trash, junk and toys. That is common sense when it comes to high risk wildfire areas. Again, the less you have laying about the yard, the more chance your home and your family have of survival. Make sure your kids clean up their toys when they are done with them. Don’t leave trash piled up around the home and check the yard for any old junk that might be lying around.
In Case- If a wildfire happens in your area and you want to save your home, think twice about it. This can be extremely dangerous. Wildfire is known to twist and change on a seconds notice and begin to burn more out of control than you could imagine. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way to save your house. It isn’t a noble thing to do, it is deadly. Even those who have been extensively trained in dealing with wildfires can get trapped with no escape route. You should never try to battle a wildfire when you are not trained to do so. Get out when you are told it’s time to get out. It is better to sit at the bottom of a mountain wondering what is going on with your home to be inside your home when it goes up in smoke instantly.
Do everything you can to keep your home safe from wildfire by taking preventative measures at all times. Do everything you can to stay out of the line of fire when wildfire heads towards your home. Although the thought of losing a home can be devastating, losing your life is worse.