Fall weather combine with fallen leaves create an increased chance for fire in late October and November in
. Many traditional fall chores can reduce the risk of fire damaging a home. They just take a little time! Virginia
- Clear roof and gutters of leaves, pine needles and any branches.
- Stack firewood at least 30 feet from the house.
- Rake dead leaves and clear dead branches from around the house. On flat ground the cleared area should be at least 30 feet in all directions. If you live on a slope more raking will be needed, especially down hill from the house.
- If you have a gas or propane tank, be sure to rake dead leaves, pine needles and small branches away from it. 30 feet in all directions is a good place to start.
- Try composting this year. For great tips, check out the Virginia Tech website:
- Trim all tree branches if they overhang your house.
- Trim all tree branches from within 20' of all chimneys.
- Put a hose (100' or longer if possible) on a rack and attach it to an outside faucet.
- Clear the view of your house number so it can be easily seen from the street.
- Remove trees along the driveway to make it 12' wide.
- Prune branches overhanging the driveway to have 14' overhead clearance.