Wildfires can be a serious threat; they can have devastating consequences financially and emotionally. According to the Cal Fire website, Cal Fire firefighters have responded to 2,386 fires in California from January to June 2015, that is 356 more than last year around the same time period.
Your home is one of your most expensive assets and precautions need to be taken to protect your home especially during wildfire season. The precautions listed below are designed to help you prepare your home and lessen the threat of wildfire damage to your property.
Wildfire Safety Precautions
- – Remove all branches overhanging roof and any within 15 feet of chimney.
- – Clean pine needles, leaves and other debris from roofs and gutters regularly.
- – Remove unhealthy vegetation such as dry grass, brush, trees and dead leaves within at least 100 feet from your home.
- – Keep all combustibles such as firewood, wooden picnic tables, stacked lumber or any other materials away from home.
- – Place connected garden hoses at all sides of your home for emergency use.
- – Keep fire tools handy such as ladder, shovel, rake and a few buckets for water.
- – Enclose the underside of balconies and decks with fire resistive or non combustible materials.
- – Ask power company to clear branches from power lines.
- – Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and grills. Place a screen over grill with non flammable material.
Most important of all, be sure you and your family are safe. Please contact HWP Insurance regarding any questions or concerns in regards to your Homeowner’s Insurance:
Carlsbad Office: (760) 795-2002
Temecula Office: (951) 296-6833