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Checklist: Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Wildfires are a very frightening and deadly natural disaster, which spread with rapid speed and can destroy everything in their path. Homeowners can take precautionary measures to protect their homes from wildfires by using the following list of tips:

Have roofs and gutters cleared of debris yearly.

Have chimneys inspected and cleaned twice a year.

Choose fire resistant materials when building.

Build a firebreak around your house. (Contact your local fire department for firebreak guidelines.)

Plant fire resistant trees and shrubs. (Contact a landscape designer or firm.)

Have a tree trimming service remove all branches that are below 15 feet high.

Clear away dead and dry vegetation yearly.

Keep a ladder and a garden hose handy that will reach the roof of your house.

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