For many of us, our homes are our most valuable investments. In the summer, it's especially important to protect our homes from natural disaster. In the Reno area, that means fire prevention. While the high temperatures are going to remain for the immediate future, now is a great time to make plans to protect your family, home and possessions from fire.
1. Regularly check your smoke detectors. Make sure the batteries are working and you have smoke detectors in all living areas and near bedrooms. If you have children, make sure they know what the alarm sounds like and practice what you would do in case of a fire.
2. Swap candles for safer options. Infused bamboo, essential oil diffusers, and even fresh flowers are far safer options to scent the air and prevent an accidental fire.
3. Donate excess stuff. A home crammed with clothing, furniture and unused household items can make even a small fire spread more quickly. Spend a weekend deciding what will be donated, thrown out or given away.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher accessible. Keep a small fire extinguisher near the kitchen in case of kitchen fires.
1. Grill away from trees and shrubs. Sparks from a barbecue grill or fire pit can easily ignite nearby shrubbery and trees. Be aware of the direction of the wind as well.
2. Fireproof patio furniture. If your patio furniture is near your grill or fire pit, a fireproof chemical can be applied to the seat cushions to prevent them from catching fire.
3. Create a 5 foot fire-free barrier around your home. Use non-flammable landscaping materials and plants with high moisture content around the immediate perimeter of your home.
4. Remove dead vegetation from your yard. Ideally, firewood piles should be a minimum of 30 feet from your home.
5. Prune trees up at least 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
6. Keep your roof and gutters clear of debris.
7. Keep a fire extinguisher near the area where you grill or in the garage.
For more tips to protect your home from fire, see the full list from Firewise.