With a record number of fires, acres burned and homes destroyed in recent years, here are some proactive steps you can take to protect your family and home.
-Evacuate immediately if ordered by local authorities, and establish an emergency evacuation plan for your family and pets.
-If a wildfire approaches, clear driveway to accommodate large fire equipment. Make sure that no flammable vegetation is within 10 feet on either side of the driveway and that there are no overhanging obstacles within 15 feet. If your property is gated, open the gate so firefighters can access your property.
-Create defensible space around your home to create a fire break. Remove all dead plants, grass, weeds, dry leaves and pine needles from your property, roofs and gutters.
-Trim trees regularly to keep branches at least 15 feet off the ground or 1/3 of the total crown height. , which is smaller. Remove branches that hang over the roof or chimney.
– Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows. Thin and separate shrubs at least twice their height.
-Move any piles of wood at least 30 meters from the house.
-Install fireproof window treatments, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers throughout your home.
-Keep the firefighting tool handy, such as a ladder, shovel, rake, ax, water bucket, and hose long enough to reach your home and other structures.
-Install a backup generator if the electrical power is turned off.
-Store valuable documents in a fireproof safe or safe.
-Make sure your home address is visible from the street.
-Check with your Bolder Insurance Advisor to see if your insurance company offers Wildfire Defense Services
These articles were originally published by Chubb Insurance, A Bolder Insurance Partner
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