by Keppie Keplinger, Public Information Officer, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue
With the weather getting warmer, it’s likely you will be spending more time outside. This will be a good time to take a close look at your property to make it wildfire safe. Your local fire department is providing these guidelines:
- Keep your home clear of any outlying debris. Dispose of combustible materials, clearing away anything that could cause a housefire. In addition, keep low-hanging foliage trimmed and a safe distance from the outer reaches of your home.
- Clear roofs and gutters of dead leaves and fir needles.
- Move any flammable materials—including mulch, flammable plants, leaves, and firewood piles away from exterior walls. Remove anything stored under decks or porches.
- Clear vegetation from under large stationary propane tanks.
- Create fuel breaks with driveways, walkways or paths, patios, and decks.
- Remove vegetation under trees.
- Plan tree placement to ensure the mature canopy is no closer than ten feet to the edge of the structure.
- Remove dead plant and tree material.
In addition, be prepared ahead of time to evacuate. Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs. In case you do need to evacuate, plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time. Each person should have a readily accessible emergency kit.
Backpacks work great for storing emergency items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to trans- port. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car.
Visit the Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue web site at www.plfr.org.