If you live in a place that is hot and dry during the summer like California, Texas, or Colorado, you’re probably familiar with the wildfires that seem to run rampant during the warmer seasons. Wildfires can cause immense damage and ultimately can cause the destruction of your home and property. There is nothing worse than falling victim to a wildfire and knowing that all your personal belongings (from family photos to sentimental treasures to home deeds, marriage certificates, and birth certificates) could go up in smoke at any time. I’ve personally known some people whose homes were engulfed by flames during the wildfires in Southern California a few years ago, and I will say that there is little that causes as much strife as losing one’s home.
There are a couple of precautions that you can take to give your home a better chance if you find yourself in wildfire season. These are just a few ideas and I’m sure all of you out there have many more—please pipe up if you have any good ideas and we’ll add them to the below list
1) Keep Dry Brush Clear from your Home’s Perimeter.
2) Keep your lawn and plants watered or make sure that they are kept short during the warmer seasons
3) Landscape around your home with fire-resistant materials and plans
4) Keep any trees near your home well-trimmed and watered.
5) Clean all drainage pipes and rain gutters free of dried leaves and pine needles
6) If you see a fire, make sure to call 911 immediately. A small fire can become a much larger fire within minutes.
Do you have any other tips that we can add to the list? It’s so important to maintain your home in a way that makes it protected from fires and the hazards that come from fires. Be safe this summer! If you want more information about fire safety in and outside of your home, make sure to check out Allied Fire and Security. We have customer service reps standing by to answer any and all of your questions.