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Fire Season Safety Tips

 Creating a Defensible Space this Fire Season

A defensible space breaks up the continuous path of plants that could carry wildfire to your home. And it gives firefighters a safe zone from which to fight a wildfire. It’s worth your effort. If you should have any questions, please contact our Fire Prevention division at (510) 981-5585. Below is a list of items that you can do to make your home fire safe this season.  

  • Remove all flammable vegetation including dead branches and debris around all structures.  
  • Trim trees so branches are six feet from the ground and 10 feet from your chimney. Remove branches overhanging your roof.  
  • Ensure your rain gutters and roofs are clear of combustible dead vegetation.  
  • Remove any dead trees.  
  • Cut weeds and dead grasses six inches or shorter.  
  • Ask your local nursery about landscaping with beautiful, fire-resistant plants.  
  • Maintain defensible space by cleaning up plant litter and watering properly.  
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