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Maintain Five Feet of Defensible Space Around Your Home in Preparation for Wildfire Season

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, February marks the start of the nation’s wildfire season. Families and businesses need to take steps to prepare their property and finances, which includes maintaining five feet of defensible space around your home or business, reviewing your insurance coverage, and making a home inventory.

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), maintaining the five-foot zone closest to your home or business, also called the noncombustible zone, reduces the chance that your home or business will catch fire in the event a wildfire threatens your property. IBHS recommends installing hard surfaces or using noncombustible mulch, keeping grass and plants well-watered to prevent vegetation from drying out, regularly removing dead plant material, removing plants adjacent to siding or foundation vents as well as under or next to windows and under-eave vents or in interior corners, and being sure not to store combustible materials under the deck.

The two most important financial preparation steps that can be taken include reviewing, and if needed, updating your insurance coverage and making a home inventory. Call your insurance agent or company today to review your policy and ensure you have enough insurance coverage to recover if your home is destroyed or damaged by wildfire. Homeowners can also easily make a home inventory by using their cell phone to take photos and videos of the interior and exterior of the home.

The threat of wildfire will increase very soon and APCIA’s Wildfire Headquarters offers vital information help those at risk for wildfire get prepared. Follow @TeamAPCIA on Twitter using #wildfireprep.