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Access to a home/business and defensible space are two critical parts to emergency response that the property owner is responsible for. In this article, we will share things you can do to help us, help you.

Fire trucks are the widest legal width possible to store and transport water, tools, and other things needed to fight a fire. The turn from the roadway to a driveway is sometimes hindered by bushes, big rocks, pillars, posts, and other decorative items that prohibit a smooth turn. If this is encountered, the driver must decide to back up and try a wider turn, look to see if there is other access to the property, or damage the truck and/or object blocking the drive to proceed. These decisions take crucial time away from an emergency. If your area doesn’t have hydrants, we may need to bring tankers (water haulers) in and out of the same drive.

A visible address number is another critical piece of the equation. Time spent looking at neighbor’s address’, doing some quick math, then backing up is time wasted. If you would like to order a green address sign, click here.

Defensible space requires time and effort, but the payoff is a property that will be savable especially in a wildfire situation. Obviously, conditions and size of the fire will dictate the success or failure of firefighting efforts. Lighting strikes, flying embers from contained fires, and other elements can cause a fire to spread in our more heavily vegetated areas. The above image shows some ways to help yourself, especially limiting the shrubbery adjacent to your home. For more information, click here to see the U.S. Department of Forestry recommendations.

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