Despite your best efforts, a burglar may still penetrate your home. If you return to find that your house has been robbed:
- Don't stay – always think of your safety first
- Never confront a burglar or block the exit route
- Go immediately to a neighbor's home or nearby location and phone the police
Creating defensible space is vital to improving your home’s chances of surviving a wildfire. Defensible space is the buffer between your home (or other buildings on your property) and the trees, shrubs, grass, or wildland areas around it. This area is necessary to impede or stop the spread of wildfire, and it helps protect your home from fire—either from radiant heat or direct contact with flames. It's also important for the protection of the firefighters helping to defend your home and property. Defensible space is made up of two zones totaling 100 feet around your home.Zone 1
Zone 1 encompasses the area 30 feet out from your home or other structures (sheds, decks, etc.)
- Remove dead plants, grasses, and weeds.
- Remove all dead/dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof, and gutters.
- Trim trees often to keep branches at least 10 feet from any other trees.
- Remove any branches that hang over your roof. Keep dead branches at least 10 feet away from your chimney.
- Move wood piles into Zone 2.
- Remove any flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
- Remove plants and other vegetation and items that could catch fire from under and around decks.
- Create a buffer between trees/shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as outdoor furniture, firewood piles, play sets, etc.
Zone 2 encompasses the area 100 feet out from your home or other structures (sheds, decks, etc.)
- Keep grass mowed down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
- Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees.
- Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs, and trees.
- Remove fallen debris from the ground such as leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches.
Read through the following PDF for further information:CalFire Ready Brochure