Wildfires: How You Can Help Prevent Them and Protect Your Property

April 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM | Posted in Home, Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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One of the hot topics in the media today is the destruction of land and homes across the United States caused by Wildfires. In Massachusetts, wildfires rarely burn in the tree canopy, but rather burn the dead leaves, debris, and smaller plants along the ground.

Homeowners can help prevent wildfires by following a few safety measures when burning debris:

  • Always obtain a required permit
  • Be aware of the weather conditions
  • Have a firebreak at least 10 feet wide in all directions and clear of all flammable material
  • Burn between the hours of 4pm and midnight on days that are not windy
  • Have water and adequate tools available in case the fire were to escape

Homeowners can also protect their property from being damaged or destroyed in the event of a wildfire by creating a 30 foot “defensible space” around the house. This includes storing woodpiles and all flammable materials away from building structures and keeping the area free of accumulated leaves, twigs, and other debris. Maintaining a healthy green, mowed lawn can also be one of the best fire breaks.

With a little planning and a weekend of work, you can potentially save you and your family from a devastating loss.

For more safety tips on preventing wildfires, visit: http://www.smokeybear.com/wildfires.asp


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