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Time to protect your home and property from wildfire

Sunday, April 1, 2018by  PEMCO Insurance

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burning building with firefighter spraying water.It's too soon to tell if this year's fire season will be wild or mild. But whatever Mother Nature has in store, you can give your rural home or vacation getaway a fighting chance when you "firewise" your property:

  1. Keep grass mowed and watered within 30 feet of your home. Consider firebreaks as part of the landscape gravel paths, ponds and driveways.
  2. Prune trees so the lowest branches the foliage, not just where the branches stem from the trunk are at least 15 feet high, and ensure no limbs come within 15 feet of your home. Eliminate "brush to branch" contact.
  3. Mulch with pumice or gravel rather than combustible beauty bark.
  4. Stack firewood at least 30 feet away and uphill from any structure (uphill, since that's the direction fire tends to burn). Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and barbecues.
  5. Ensure tree crowns are spaced at least 20 feet apart. Clear wood debris that can fuel a fire along the forest floor.
  6. Make your property firefighter-friendly with your address visible from the street both day and night. Widen your driveway to at least 12 feet so a fire truck can get through.
  7. Get prepared with a family emergency plan and emergency kit, whether you're facing the threat of a wildfire, earthquake, windstorm or flood.

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