How Proper Landscaping Can Protect Our House During Wildfire?
Wildfire is more likely to occur when the winds are high and rainfall is low. There are specific weathers where we need to battle wildfires across the country. This natural disaster has affected many people and they are forced to evacuate their houses. While it is very important to seek a safer place during wildfire, we should do things to prevent our house become charred remains. There are ways we should do to protect our houses.
Many people are able to save their houses by having good landscape design. During dry season, time can be of the essence and we should improve our property to prevent bad occurrences. One priority is to immediately remove dry, dead vegetation around our house and regularly sweep dry leaves.
When setting sprinklers, we should make sure that they have adequate coverage. They should be positioned strategically to cover our property from the creeping fire. They need to work continuously hours after we leave the house, providing continuous protection. It is also a good idea to put sprinklers on our roof to keep it wet. We should put these sprinklers permanently on the roof, because wildfire can generate strong wind that regularly blows small objects off.
Sprinklers should soak the ground and the surface of our house and they should be connected with fireproof hose that can withstand extreme heat. It is also a good idea to install additional input valves to draw water from available water reservoirs, such as swimming pool and lake.
Put some space between our property and the nearby bushes and woods. We may need to cut down a few trees, so the fire won’t reach our roof. It is also a good idea to build a ditch between nearby bushes and our house and we can fill it with water before we evacuate our property.
We should prepare our house, so we can seal it easily just before evacuating. Holes, like attic vents should be covered with metal objects that prevent sparks from entering our house. We may need to drill in the screws to strengthen the cover.
A special tool box should be present to prep our house when wildfire is just a few miles away. We could put water sprinklers near the bushes and hoses to wet the area. It may be necessary to have extra tools, because there could be no time to replace lost or broken tools. We should start landscaping our house, before the dry season arrives.
If we could already smell the early scent of smoke, it is the time to make preparation to evacuate. We should listen for community warnings and monitor news channels to know whether the fire is really moving to our area.
It is essentially important to prepare special bags that contain important things during the evacuation and our car should be ready at all times. We may need to regularly top off the fuel tank when it is half empty. It is quite likely that gas station will be abandoned during wildfire.
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