By US Daily Review Staff.
Few homeowners prepare for a wildfire or take steps to reduce wildfire risk unless one is threatening their home. However, the fires raging in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, along with the dry, drought-like conditions across the country should have every homeowner taking steps to reduce wildfire risk.
Allstate recommends homeowners reduce wildfire hazards by taking a few simple steps that can make a big difference if a wildfire threatens your community.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), homeowners should remove potential fuel sources and create a defensible zone around a home which will dramatically reduce wildfire hazards This may help slow flames or help direct the flames away from your home during a wildfire. Allstate and IBHS also recommend homeowners do the following within 30 feet of most houses to reduce wildfire risk:
- Eliminate fuel sources like dry landscaping, woodpiles and decks.
- Prune trees and shrubs.
- Trim taller trees so lowest branch is no less than six feet from the ground.
- Remove dead leaves and branches from the yard.
- Clear branches from around the roof and chimney.
- Mow lawn regularly and dispose cuttings and debris promptly.
- Clear roof, gutters and eaves of debris.
- Maintain your irrigation system.
- Move firewood and storage tanks at least 50 feet away from the home.
- Store flammable liquids properly.