We can never tell when fire accidents can happen. With the aid of fire equipment, you can always be ready when this happens. Prevention is better than having to restore, so here are some tips on how to avoid a disaster or protect yours garden from fire.
The wildfires that have ravaged parts of California this year are making us all more aware of this real or potential threat. You’re at higher risk if you live close to wildlands, or in an area with low rainfall where dry vegetation can spread flames in an instant.
What can you do to keep your family, property, and home safe from fire damage? The type of plants in your garden, the design of your landscape, and how you maintain it can all make a big difference. For solutions, we consulted with Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Manager at the National Fire Protection Association. According to Steinberg, “There are easy techniques people can use with their landscaping and gardens to resist fire and protect their homes.”
Here are 10 tips for designing a fire-smart landscape:
1. Prune trees so the branches don’t touch or overhang the house.
“Even if you have a good roof and siding, you could have an issue if you’ve got a lot of flammable vegetation up against the house,” says Steinberg. Ideally, trees should be placed at least 10 feet away from structures, and you should remove “ladder fuels” by pruning the branches up at least six feet to reduce the chance of the trees catching fire from flames traveling along the ground.