Insurance News Utah
Hatch Insurance Group
It’s Been a Dry Summer…Be Prepared
And as we head into wildfire season this fall, here are a few tips to help your family stay safe and keep your home protected.
A surprising fact:
While wildfire strikes more frequently in the West, and each year hundreds of homes are destroyed as more people choose to live closer to nature.
You can reduce the chance of losing to wildfire
No building is fireproof, but there are steps you can take to better the chances when wildfire strikes.
- Define your defensible space—a 30-foot, non-combustible zone around your home.
- Choose fire-resistant plants and trees.
- Remove or prune low hanging tree branches.
- Cut grass and weeds regularly and keep your roof and yard clean, especially from dry yard debris.
- Stack wood piles or other burnable materials at least 30 feet from your home or other buildings on your property.
- Keep signs and addresses visible so firefighters can easily locate your property.
- Rate your roof—is it fire resistant?
- Recycle yard debris and branches instead of burning.
When a wildfire strikes, protect yourself and your family
If a wildfire starts in your area, monitor local news reports for evacuation procedures. Prepare by turning off gas valves and pilot lights, closing all windows and doors and packing your car for quick departure, if there is time and it is safe to do so. Return to a burned area only when local authorities have instructed you to do so.