Although many people typically associate wildfires with states like California, the fact is that wherever there is a forest, there is likely a risk of wildfire. What can homeowners who live in a wooded area do to protect themselves from that risk? Consider a few ideas.

First, equip yourself with knowledge. Local authorities likely have a lot of available information about local fire laws and building codes to help you to ensure that your home is as fire-resistant as possible. Just as important is receiving custom recommendations for fire safety from a professional home inspector.

Second, take practical steps to avoid the risk. One of the most simple steps you can take is to remove any sources of wildfire fuel on your property. That doesn’t necessarily mean having no trees at all, but it may be helpful to remove limbs that hang less than 15 feet from the ground, or having a “safety zone” around your house with less flammable species of vegetation.

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