Wildfire-Proof Home Makeover

Wildfire seasons have caused ever-increasing damage in recent years, which may be attributed to rising temperatures. Also adding to the risk, more and more people are moving into formerly rural, fire-prone areas and getting in harm’s way.

In an article on the Health News Digest website, the National Fire Protection Agency is urging homeowners in wildfire regions to implement a few simple safety measures in preparation for this summer’s expected hot, dry climate. The article gives advice such as pruning large trees “so that the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet high,” planting low-growing, carefully placed shrubs and trees so the area can be more easily maintained, and cleaning gutters and eaves.

“Also, when possible, choose Firewise construction materials for homes, decks, porches and fences,” says the article. The NFPA created the Firewise Program through an agreement with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters, after a severe fire season in 1985.

To read the Health News Digest article click here: