Fire. It is one of the greatest threats to your family and home. Not only do you need to be quickly alerted — you need to quickly respond as well. Fire has the potential to wipe out everything in its path in just minutes. It can smolder undetected for hours, then suddenly explode in fiery destruction. You need to take every possible precaution to minimize its risks. Listed below are some helpful tips to keep your family and home safe from fire.
- When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
- Clean your gutters regularly. Dry leaves and evergreen needles in rain gutters can easily catch fire.
- Trim back any tree limbs that are within 10 feet of your chimney and dead limbs overhanging your home to prevent them from catching fire.
- To prevent sparks and embers from wildfires from entering and igniting your home, place screens with openings of ½” or smaller over all attic and foundation vents.
- To prevent sparks from escaping and igniting vegetation near your house, cap your chimney with a ½” mesh spark arrested.
- Store firewood and other combustibles away from your home, and keep the lid on your trash can.
- To make sure firefighters can find your house, post your address prominently.
- Maintain your landscape to eliminate dead vegetation that could catch fire and use fire-resistant plants.