Like ‘hawks, homeowners need to focus on defense to stave off wildfires

8 steps to reduce wildfire threats
Click on this Firewise Home to test your knowledge of defensible space.

As the world-champion Seattle Seahawks have proven, defense is often the best offense.

Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett were as good as it gets when it came to keeping a certain Wisconsin-based pro football team out of the end zone in the NFC Championship game last weekend.

But the ferocious Legion of Boom can’t defend your house from a wildfire. Clearing defensible space around your home helps improve the chance of keeping a wildfire away from your house.

As more and more people live in and around forests, grasslands, shrub lands, and other natural areas, the fire-related challenges of managing wildlands are on the increase. Defensible space not only helps protect your home from flames but also gives firefighters a safer location to defend your home from wildfire. Homeowners are responsible for creating defensible space around their homes.

Wildfires that threaten communities are growing more intense, and studies show that wildfire season is getting longer in western states. With wildfires becoming bigger and more frequent, they’re also more costly to suppress. That’s why it’s important each one of us takes care to protect ourselves and our community from wildfire.

Did you know that embers from a wildfire can travel more than a mile? Something to keep in mind if wildfires move toward your area.

Learn what you can do now to reduce your wildfire risks. Here are 12 steps to help you defend your home from wildfire. Also, you can watch this 2-minute video from Cal Fire on creating defensible space.

Keep in mind what’s around your home, and be prepared for any wildfire that could come through. Go to http://www.firewise.org/ to learn steps to protect your home and property from wildfire.

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