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Wildfire Safety Tips To Minimize Your Risk

Sep 07, 2015

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Wildfire Safety Tips To Minimize Your Risk

Put out your fire risk with these wildfire safety tips.

Technically, the summer is ending. In Southern California, though, our fire risk doesn’t show any sign of cooling off. With more hot weather ahead compounding the problem of our years-long drought, we still need to be on our guard against fires as we head into the tail end of wildfire season. You can minimize your risk by using these wildfire safety tips, extinguishing hazards for your family this fall.
  • Cultivate A Perimeter: To ensure a fire has a difficult time reaching your home, create a 100-foot perimeter around your home from which you clear any flammable materials. This means replacing shrubs, trees, and long grasses with fire-resistant plants that grow close to the ground and/or hardscaping.
  • Clean Your Roof: Safely clear your roof, eaves, and gutters of any debris that has gathered, including pine needles and leaves that can easily catch fire.
  • Create Space: Make sure that any wood fencing you have on your property doesn’t touch your house itself.
  • Cover Your Gaps: Put ¼ inch metal screens over all of your home’s vents and other openings to prevent a spark from getting lodge somewhere it could have time to grow to a blaze.
  • Carefully Store: All flammable liquids should be stored according to proper protocols away from your home. Make sure your propane tank is located at least 50 feet away from your home, and that you know how to turn it off in the face of a fire.
These efforts will certainly help protect your home and your family, but all too often fire goes beyond what we can control. If a major blaze sweeps through Los Angeles, Long Beach, or the surrounding California cities, would you be able to have some measure of calm knowing you have the right homeowners insurance to cover the damages? To get the coverage you need for wildfire season, contact Fuller Insurance Agency today.
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