If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve undoubtedly seen the devastating effects that a wildfire can bring on a community. For homeowners who live in a wooded area, protecting themselves from the threat of wildfires is a serious responsibility.

There are plenty of practical measures a homeowner can take to handle this responsibility. For example, staying informed by state and local authorities regarding fire laws and building codes is very important, as well as scheduling a professional home inspection for customized recommendations about how to protect themselves from wildfires. Additionally, FEMA recommends a 30-foot “safety zone” around the house, with an additional safety zone at least 100 feet around the house, both with decreased vegetation, or with less flammable species. Finally, keeping combustible materials away from the house is very important. Gas grills and propane tanks, generators, and other similar items can be very dangerous in the event of a fire.

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