Fire Safe your Place to Increase your Fire Safety and Home’s Survivability

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From the National Fire Protection Association and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: San Diego’s fire season is year-round. We are experiencing one of the driest periods in state history. It’s important that every resident prepare their home and their family for the possibility of a major fire. To increase your fire safety and home’s survivability, make simple low-cost changes to your home and landscape starting today.

Action Items to Improve Your Home’s Survivability:

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles.
  • REPLACE missing shingles or tiles.
  • COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home:

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.

For more fire safety information, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/fire/safety

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