Tips for Preventing and Defending Against Fire
In the event of an emergency, (yours or someone else’s), ALWAYS CALL 911 FIRST.
VEGETATION: Clear trees, dead branches, weeds, tall grasses, (anything flammable) from around your buildings. The recommended clearance is a 50 ft minimum.
FLAMMABLES: Keep all flammables, such as gasoline, paint thinners, etc., at least 50 ft away from buildings.
EMBERS & ASHES: Store fireplace ashes in a tightly lidded metal container. This suffocates hot embers and keeps them from blowing out. Be sure embers are completely cool—24 hour minimum suffocation—before dumping.
CONSTRUCTION: When constructing or renovating, use non-flammable materials such as metal for roofs and stucco for exterior finishes wherever possible. Avoid using flammable construction materials.
ACCESS: Ensure that your property is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. Keep a clear pathway for emergency vehicles. For example, if you go to help someone who is in urgent need, be sure not to block access with your own vehicle.
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