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May 23, 2024

Prepping Your Home for Wildfire Season

With wildfire season around the corner, it’s crucial to get our homes and families prepared. The beautiful mountains of Summit County are incredible, but it does come with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to fire safety. Whether you own a single-family home or live in a condo, there are steps we can all take to ensure we’re ready.

For Homeowners

Clear Defensible Space: One of the most important things you can do is create defensible space around your home. Clear out any dead vegetation, fallen leaves, and other flammable materials. Trim trees and bushes, especially those close to your house.

Clean Gutters and Roofs: Pine needles can accumulate in your gutters and on your roof, creating a fire hazard. Make sure to clean these areas regularly.

Fire-Resistant Landscaping: Consider using fire-resistant plants and materials in your landscaping. Rock, stone, and other non-flammable materials can help create a barrier between your home and potential fires.

For Condo Residents

Know Your Building’s Evacuation Plan: Ensure you’re familiar with your building’s fire evacuation plan. Know where the exits are and have a plan for how you’ll get out in case of an emergency.

Community Efforts: Talk to your HOA or property management about fire safety measures in the building. Advocate for the installation of fire extinguishers in common areas.

General Tips for Everyone

Prepare a Go-Bag: Have a go-bag ready with essentials like water, snacks, important documents, medications, a flashlight, and extra clothes. Keep it in an easy-to-access spot so you can grab it quickly if needed.

Emergency Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts readily available.

Backup Power: Consider a generator for power outages.

Important Documents: Keep copies of important documents in a fireproof safe or digitally backed up.

Local emergency alerts: sign up for local alerts to stay updated on weather conditions and potential fire threats. Apps like CodeRED can provide real-time updates. Sign up for Summit County alerts HERE.

Check Your Insurance: Finally, don’t forget to chat with your insurance expert to ensure your coverage is up to date. The last thing you want is to discover gaps in your insurance when you need it most.

By taking these steps, we can all help protect our homes and families this wildfire season. If you have any questions or need recommendations for landscaping companies, feel free to reach out.

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