Plant selection can reduce fire danger
in Northern and Southern California have threatened hundreds of homes recently,
sending an early alert to all homeowners in brushfire-prone areas that it is
never too early to protect their property from fire exposure.
clearing a defensible space around the home is critical for brush fire survival,
homeowners can create a second layer of protection by planting a fire-safe
victims of the Laguna and Harmony Grove fires discovered, landscaping can make
or break a home's ability to withstand a brush fire," said Candysse Miller,
executive director of the Insurance Information Network of California.
both of those fires, homeowners who combined defensible space with
fire-resistant landscaping saw their homes survive, while neighbors' homes
addition to maintaining a 30-foot brush fire safe zone around the home,
homeowners should look at the plants and trees used in their gardens. Junipers
and Eucalyptus, popular landscape trees, are extremely flammable. However jade
plants, rose geraniums, ice plants and white rockrose can withstand high
temperatures for prolonged periods without igniting.
can make or break a home's chances of surviving a brush fire," Miller said.
also recommends the following tips to prepare for a perilous fire season:
Space trees and shrubs at least 10 feet apart.
Remove branches from within 10 feet of chimneys and several feet from roofs.
Cover chimney with non-flammable screen of 1/2-inch or smaller mesh.
Remove dead vegetation, leaves and other debris from roofs and gutters.
Do not stack wood or papers around the house.
If you have a swimming pool, be prepared to use it as a fire-fighting tool by
purchasing a pool pump.
can obtain fire preparedness tips by logging on to www.iinc.org.