According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 71.8 million properties are at risk every year due to wildfires. But did you know that just a few simple, preventative steps can make a HUGE difference and reduce fire hazards throughout the wildfire season?
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 6th, and the NFPA encourages people to come together on that day to complete those projects that can help make their homes and neighborhoods safer. Things like:
- Removing fuel sources from the five-foot perimeter around the home – known as the “home ignition zone”;
- Simple, low-cost home improvement projects such as clearing dead leaves, debris, and pine needles from roofs and gutters;
- Keeping lawns and native grasses mowed to a height of four inches;
- Removing anything stored underneath decks or porches that could burn.
Jen talked to Michelle Steinberg, Director, Wildfire Division, National Fire Protection Association about Preparedness Day, tips and recommendations for reducing fire hazards throughout the wildfire season. Check out that interview below.