Home Fire Prevention and Safety

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DEFENSIBLE SPACE CHECKLIST:

  • Clean roof surfaces and gutters of pine needles, leaves, branches, etc., regularly to avoid accumulation of flammable materials.
  • Remove portions of any tree extending within 10 feet of the flue opening of any stove or chimney.
  • Maintain a screen constructed of non-flammable material over the flue opening of every chimney or stovepipe. Mesh openings of the screen should not exceed 1/2 inch.
  • Remove branches from trees to height of 15 feet.
  • Dispose of stove or fireplace ashes and charcoal briquettes only after soaking them in a metal pail of water.
  • Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
  • Propane tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire.
  • Keep area clear of flammable vegetation.
  • All combustibles such as firewood, picnic tables, boats, etc. should be kept away from structures.
  • Garden hose should be connected to outlet.
  • Addressing should be indicated at all intersections and on structures.
  • All roads and driveways should be at least 16 feet in width.
  • Have fire tools handy such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake, and a bucket for water.
  • Each home should have at least two different entrance and exit routes.

REPORT WOODS ARSON (318) 443-2558

Home Fire Prevention Links

National Interagency Fire Center - Protecting your home from wildland fire checklist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Consumer Products Safety Comission, and the U.S. Fire Administration - Home fire safety for kids

National Fire Protection Agency - Checklist designed to help homeowners determine areas of a home that need to be checked for fire safety concerns.

Texas Forest Service - Fire Safety Tips