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Make Your Home Fire Safe
Millions of Californians live in residential developments that border fire-prone wildlands. Each year, hundreds of homes in these suburban and rural areas are lost to wildfire outbreaks.
To increase the chance of your home surviving a wildfire, following these fire-safe practices:
Maintain a "defensible" space around your home by clearing all flammable vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around the structure.
Clear dead leaves and branches to leave widely spaced ornamental shrubbery and trees.
Clean all needles and leaves from the roof, eaves and rain gutters.
Trim tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney and trim all dead limbs hanging over your house or garage.
Cover your chimney outlet or flue with a spark-arresting, half-inch mesh screen.
Make sure your address is clearly visible for easy identification in an emergency.
Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from buildings, fences and other combustible materials.
Clear all vegetation and other flammable materials from beneath your deck.
Enclose undersides of elevated decks with fire resistant materials.
Find information on how to
landscape with fire safety in mind
, including a list of fire-retardant plants and checklist.
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