WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY WITH CATHY PRUDHOMME
After the most destructive fire season on record last year, get tips on reducing damage to your home – and to your community – from wildfires
With close to 10 million acres burned last year, wildfires continue to be a significant threat to lives and property in almost every state. Saturday, May 5th is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and research shows risks can be reduced when residents take just a little time to prepare. We’re joined by Cathy Prudhomme, Manager of Firewise USA of the National Fire Protection Association.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a great opportunity for homeowners to review and plan for
projects that need to be done within their property’s home ignition zones:
· Immediate Zone (0 to 5’ around the home): Start with your home first! The roof and gutters need to be cleared of dead leaves, debris and pine needles.
· Intermediate Zone (5 to 30’ around the home): Create fuel breaks with hardscaping features like driveways, walkways/paths and patios.
· Extended Zone (30-100 feet around the home): Remove vegetation adjacent to storage sheds or other outbuildings within this extended area. Also,spread the word and encourage neighbors to get involved!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: nfpa.org
Related links: NFPA