Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibility, and because there are so many things to keep track of, it can be easy to overlook some safety hazards that aren't obvious, but are quite dangerous. One of these hazards is a wildfire.
Wildfire threat is a reality to over 70,000 communities across the United States. A new public service campaign, Fire Adapted Communities, created by the United States Forest Service, the Ad Council and the National Fire Protection Association seeks to proactively encourage, educate and empower communities to adapt and survive wildfires.
Embers from a wildfire can travel up to a mile away from its source, often resulting in ignition of homes and property. It is critical that homeowners have the knowledge and resources needed to protect their homes and families in the community.
There are ways to protect yourself and your home. The new campaign website, FireAdapted.org has many resources to educate residents on how to prepare for wildfires and protect their community, including tips and answers to frequently asked questions.
Here are a few tips that homeowners can follow to help prevent the spread of wildfire on their property:
• Prepare an emergency kit and family communication plan
• Be firewise. Create 100 feet of defensible space around your home.
• Clean your roof and gutters regularly
For more information on the Fire Adapted Communities campaign visit FireAdapted.org.