1. Prune back vegetation and trees from your house
Why: Remove any flammable paths or fuel ladders to your house
2. Clean all gutters and roofs
Why: Hot airborne embers like to gather and smolder in gutters and roof corners, building into small fires if there is any flammable material
3. Keep lawns and vegetation healthy and green
Why: Green vegetation is less flammable than dead or dry vegetation
Consider landscaping with fire-resistant plants: http://www.wacdpmc.org/images/Fire-Resistant-Plants.pdf
4. Remove flammable fuels with-in 30 feet of your house (dead branches, firewood piles, leaves, debris, and lawn mowers and fuel cans)
Why: Reduces the possibility of a flying ember becoming a fire
5. Make sure your address number and local street signs are in place and visible
Why: Allows emergency personnel to find your house
6. Have hoses, shovels, rakes, and water pumps located in one place and ready to use to put out any unplanned fires
7. Update and go over your Emergency Plan with everyone in your household
Why: The best thing you can have in an emergency is a plan. Know who is doing what, how to communicate with each other, and evacuate if the time comes.
For more information, call Kristin Marshall at 425-335-5634 ext. 116 or Leif Fixen at 425-335-5634 ext. 110 for a free property consultation and fire hazard evaluation.