Keeping your home safe and preventing grass fires.
It's summer in Texas and that means high temperatures and little rain. grass and brush is dry and could easily catch fire. Here's what you can do around the house to make sure that a fire doesn't break out close to home.
- Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times. Move flammables, such as lawn furniture and toys, during wildfire activity.
- Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables at all times.
- Remove flammable mulch and vegetation within 5 feet of the home and replace with nonflammable material.
- Remove tree or shrub branches that overhang within 10 feet of your house, roof or chimney.
- Keep lawns watered and mowed, or if water-conserving, make sure debris is removed within 30 feet of home.
- Trim tree limbs 10 feet above the ground (these are called ladder fuels).
- Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens over vents and under decks to prevent ember intrusion.
Even with preventive measures taken fires can still occur, but these tips can greatly reduce your risk.Always have smoke detectors and a fire safety plan for you, your family and your pets. Get out safely, and call for help. Once the fire has been put out SERVPRO of East Fort Worth would be happy to help with the water extraction and fire restoration of your property.