Take action to improve the survivability of your home before a wildfire occurs. Pre-fire activities include proper vegetation management and the use of fire resistant building materials. The following tips will increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire.
Clear pine needles, leaves, and debris from roof and deck.
Consider recycling yard debris and branches instead of burning them.
Evaluate your shake roof for treatment or replacement.
Have an emergency checklist in the event of a fire, and monitor local media sources for up-to-date information and evacuation procedures.
Have a minimum 30 foot non-combustible area around your home.
Include fire resistant vegetation in landscaping.
Keep grass and weeds cut.
Keep wood piles and left-over building materials at least 30 feet from the house.
Make sure that street signs and your home address are visible from the road.
Thin or remove overcrowded or weakened trees from property and prune low-hanging branches.