Creating Defensible Space for Wildfires

Defensible space is a zone in which vegetation, debris, and other combustible fuels have been cleared, minimized, or treated with the goal of slowing the spread of fire to and between buildings. Here are tips from the Department of Homeland Security’s website www.Ready.gov.

6 Tips for Creating Defensible Space

  • Choose fire-resistant materials for construction, renovation, repairs, and outdoor furnishings such as benches, tables, and signs or decorations.
  • Set up a water defense using sprinklers and hoses that can reach all areas of the property.
  • Thin shrubs and trees to create space and ensure that the crowns do not overlap.
  • Remove low tree branches to separate branches overhead from grass and shrubs.
  • Eliminate all leaves, debris, and flammable material within 30 feet of buildings and remove combustible debris from roofs and gutters.
  • Perform regular inspections and ongoing maintenance to maintain this defensible space.

NEXT WEEK: Fire prevention tips for customers and tenants.

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