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5 ways to prevent wildfires at your home

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Arizona's drought conditions are expected to linger and intensify this season and the lack of water will increase the possibility of wildfire around the state, according to a report by the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook.

The Institute for Business and Home Safety recommend five ways to reduce the risk of wildfire at your home or business.

1. Clean Roof

They say embers can travel more than a mile from an actual fire, which can ignite combustible debris on your roof. Be sure to pay attention to areas where the roof meets a vertical surface, such as at a dormer. Also, be safe and never work on your roof if you are uncomfortable.

2. Clean Gutters

Gutters with combustible debris can be easily ignited by wildfire embers.

3. Clean Deck

Much like the roof and gutters, a deck full of combustible materials increases the risk of wildfire damage. Remember that patio furniture and lawn ornaments can also be combustible, so store them inside when not using the deck. In addition, removing combustible materials from under the deck is critical. If you do store combustible materials under your deck, enclosing the underside of the deck can be an option.

4. Carefully Position Yard Structures

Not only should combustible yard structures be placed away from your home, the area around them should also be maintained using noncombustible materials.

5. Move Propane and LP Tanks

Relocate propane tanks at least 30 feet from the home. If this is not possible, create a 10-foot noncombustible zone around the tank.

For more information: www.disastersafety.com

Full report from U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook: www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html

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