Top 10 tips
Top 10 tips that business can follow to minimize the risk of wild fires around their sites and remote offices.
- Have a clear area of at least 100 yards around the business park.
- Keep lawns hydrated and maintained. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
- Landscape with native and less-flammable plants. When landscaping, choose slow-growing, carefully placed shrubs and trees so the area can be more easily maintained.
- Create a ‘fire-free’ area within ten feet of the property, using non-flammable landscaping materials such as rocks, pavers and/or high-moisture content annuals and perennials.
- Have no tall vegetation immediately adjacent to structures.
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting the property.
- Remove dead vegetation from around the property, especially within 50 feet of the premises.
- Remove flammable materials from within 50 feet of the property’s foundation and outbuildings.
- If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground and none overhang the structure.
- Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.