Brush / Grass / Tree Fire Safety
On average, 976 brush, grass, or forest fires were reported per day in the United States.
Keep weeds and grass cut.
Provide enough water to keep plants healthy and green. Keep irrigation systems in good working order.
Remove dead and piled up vegetation, and dispose of it properly.
Properly dispose of trash and debris.
Stack any and all that is being put away for storage away from structures, fences, or any other combustible materials.
Create at least 30 foot safe zone around your home that is free of anything that may ignite and spread to the structure.
Keep the roof clear. Sweep gutters and eaves, and wash the roof on a regular basis to get rid of dry needles and leaves.
Trim dead wood off trees that are located close to the residence.
Avoid parking cars, trucks or recreational vehicles on dry grass or brush. Exhaust systems on vehicles can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees; it only takes about 500 degrees to start a brush fire in hotter weather.
Maintain a 10-foot area that is free of brush and shrubbery around grills and propane tanks.
ALWAYS dispose of cigarettes carefully. Do not ever drop cigarettes or matches that are not fully extinguished.
Make sure to keep a shovel, bucket of water, fire extinguisher, or other fire suppression tools on hand in case of emergency.