As fires continue to rage throughout our state and some of our Ben Lomond volunteers assist in the fight, we want to offer locals five quick outdoor safety tips to help prevent a fire disaster in our community.
1. Clear Trees & Brush
Your property should be maintained as a “reducedfuel zone.” This means that the area at least 100 feet out surrounding your house must be kept clear of dry vegetation, dead trees and shrubs, and low-hanging branches. And it’s not just us saying this – California law requires a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space. Dry trees create fuel for wildfires, so keep a clear zone that may redirect a wildfire around your home. Examine your yard monthly and clear debris, trim branches, and clear your roof, gutters, and wooden decks of dry vegetation. Always remember that the clearer and more open an area is, the better chance we have to protect your property.