With the recent hot weather and likely more to come, below are tips that can help you protect your home from a potential wildfire.
Clear and direct access to your home can be crucial in an emergency situation – it affects how both firefighters and other emergency vehicles can find and access your home.
Additional tips for home protection include:
Be sure your address is visible and no brush or trees are blocking it. Keep in mind that during a fire with brush and smoke, this could make it more difficult to read your address so be sure it is in clear view.
If you have a firewood pile close to your home, it should be moved away at a safe distance. Sparks from a wildfire can easily catch in firewood piles and ignite next to the home creating a fuel source for your house to catch on fire.
Keep your lawn watered and be sure it is mowed to 3 inches or less near any structure. A short nicely watered green lawn will be less likely to entertain flames and fire.
If you have any tree branches hitting power lines ask the power company to come out and assess, if branches are touching lines there is a good chance they will remove them for you for free.
Smoke detectors inside the home are a must, make sure all motorized garden equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws have approved and properly functioning spark arrestors.
Also, ensure you have a clean roof and gutters. Remove debris before summer as well as clearing back any tree branches that are near the home or touching the roof.
At Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance, we want people to be educated on ways to keep homes safe. We hope these simple tips and suggestions help keep your home safe during fire season.