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Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.
Nearly 45 million homes abut or intermingle with wildlands and more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now
at risk. But by working together residents can make their own property – and their neighborhood – much safer
from wildfire.

Plan and Practice Wildfire Safety
· Conduct outdoor burning safely and
legally, being sure to secure the appropriate permits.
· Make sure that fire response vehicles can
reach your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address. Ensure adequate accessibility
by large fire vehicles to your property.
· Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
· Teach children about fire safety. Instill in them that fire is a tool for adults, not a toy. Keep matches and lighters out of their reach.
· Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
· Plan several escape routes away from your home – by car and by foot.
· Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Consider how you could help neighbors – such as elderly or disabled persons – who have special needs. Make plans to take care of children who might be on their own if parents can’t get home.

Protect Your Home
· Create a 30-100 foot safety zone around your home.
· Rake and remove leaves, dead limbs, twigs and rubbish from around and under structures in this zone and clear all flammable vegetation.
· Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
· Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.
· Regularly clean roofs and gutters, and inspect chimneys.
· Remove vines from walls of the home.
· Mow grass regularly.
· Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from the base of the buildings.
· Stack firewood at least 100 feet away and uphill from your home. Clear
combustible material within 20 feet. Use only wood-burning devices evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
· Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool or hydrant.

Escape Safely
· If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
· Wear protective clothing: sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
· Lock your home when you go.
· Tell someone when you leave and where you are going.
· Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

For more information about obtaining a burn permit Click Here or call 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876)

Information provided by The Fire Fatality Task Force, for more information Click Here