Learn How to Create Defensible Space Around Your Home
After reviewing this content, do you know how to create defensible space around your home?
California law requires 100 feet of defensible space around your home (or to the property line). Learn how to create defensible space around your home to stop the spread of wildfires.
California law requires 100 feet of defensible space around homes and structures (or to the property line).*
*Refers to California Law PRC 4291
How to prepare your homes for wildfires
As the thread of wildfires in California continues to grow, it is important that we all take steps to protect our homes and businesses.
Tips for defensible space
Number One. Leave space between planted vegetation. The space can prevent pathways that allow fires to spread.
Number Two. Create “fuel breaks” such as driveways, gravel walkways or lawns.
Number Three. Dispose of tree trimmings and other debris quickly, particularly those less than 4 inches in diameter.
Number Four. Cut grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches, mowing before 10 a.m. and never on hot or windy days. Consider trimming grass with a string trimmer.
Number 5. Remove surface litter, such as leaves, pine needles, twigs, bark, cones and pods.
Number 6. Remove lower tree branches at least six feet from the ground.
Number 7. Keep rain gutters clear by removing dead leaves and pine needles
Number 8. Move flammable materials away from your home, such as wood piles or propane tanks
Number 9. Separate items that can catch fire from trees and shrubs. This includes things like patio furniture or swing sets.
Number 10. Strategically landscape with fire-resistant plants. The right ones can also conserve water and increase your property value.
Number Eleven. Trim branches that hang over your roof.
Number Twelve. Only plan low-growing shrubs or trees near power distribution lines.
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