Create a Survivable Space:

Do you have 30 to 100 ft of space surrounding your home that is Lean, Clean and Green?

Lean: Prune shrubs and cut back tree branches, especially within 15 ft of your chimney.

Clean: Remove all dead plant material from around your home; this includes dead leaves, dry vegetation and even stacked firewood. Prune large trees 6 to 10 ft high to prevent ground fires from spreading to tree tops.

Green: Plant fire-resistant vegetation that is healthy and green throughout the year.

Helpful download: Firewise Landscaping Checklist

 

Fire Resistant Construction:

Brick, cement, plaster, stucco and concrete masonry resist heat and flames. Tempered and double pane glass windows can also make a home more resistant to the heat and flames of a wildfire.

Class A asphalt shingles, metal, tile and concrete roofing is also good protection for your home. A fire-resistant sub-roof can add an extra layer of protection.

Attachments to your home such as decks, porches or fences that are not made of a fire resistant material can start on fire and spread to the rest of your home.

Helpful Download: Firewise Construction Checklist 

 

Disaster Plan:

The time to plan for an emergency is before the emergency happens. Take a few minutes to discuss with your family what actions you will take.

 

Emergency Access:

Identify your home and neighborhood with legible and clearly marked street names and numbers so response vehicles can rapidly find the location of the emergency. Include a driveway that is at least 14 ft wide with a vertical clearance of 13 ft 6 in (per 1997 UFC, section 902.2.2.1) to provide access for emergency apparatus.

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20 April 2017
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