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Be Firewise for Wildfire Safety

November 22, 2010

Firewise Communities is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that “encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.” The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

Here’s a recent entry on the Firewise Communities Blog.  They have a re-blog button, so I re-post in whole:
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MC900437054[1] I love lists, don’t you? Here’s a short and sweet set (based on our best science and research, of course) to take home and use.

  1. Homes that don’t ignite don’t burn. Start with your home and work your way out to make it more fire-resistant.
  2. Pay attention to the little things. Embers on roofs, gutters, decks, porches can burn homes down. Clear debris from these areas.
  3. If it’s attached to the house, it’s part of the house. Clear debris from fences and decks; replace with nonflammable options if you can.
  4. Keep flames from touching your home. Make a 3-to-5-foot fuel-free space on all sides of your house and attachments.
  5. Screen test: openings or vents should have nonflammable, small-diameter screening to keep embers from entering and igniting your home.

Michele Steinberg

via nfpa.typepad.com

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