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Five ways to reduce wildfire risk

TEXAS, March 22, 2013--According to the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, drought conditions are expected to linger or intensify in Texas presenting a heightened threat of wildfire.

The IBHS has outlined five ways home and business owners can reduce their wildfire risks. The best part, you don’t need a lot of money to do it. Find out what you can do to prepare below, while additional wildfire resources are available at DisterSafety.org.


1.      Clean Roof

Not only does a clean roof look nice, but it can also reduce your wildfire risks. Embers can travel more than a mile from an actual fire, which can ignite combustible debris on your roof. Be sure to pay attention to areas where the roof meets a vertical surface, such as at a dormer. Also, be safe and never work on your roof if you are uncomfortable.

2.      Clean Gutters

Have you cleaned your gutters lately? If not, they could be increasing your risk of wildfire damage. Gutters with combustible debris can be easily ignited by wildfire embers.

3.      Clean Deck

Much like the roof and gutters, a deck full of combustible materials increases the risk of wildfire damage. Remember that patio furniture and lawn ornaments can also be combustible, so store them inside when not using the deck. In addition, removing combustible materials from under the deck is critical. If you do store combustible materials under your deck, enclosing the underside of the deck can be an option.

4.      Carefully Position Yard Structures

Not only should combustible yard structures be placed away from your home, the area around them should also be maintained using noncombustible materials.

5.      Relocate Propane and LP Tanks

Relocate propane tanks at least 30 feet from the home. If this is not possible, create a 10-foot noncombustible zone around the tank.

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