Fire Safety Checklist


  • Clean your roof surfaces/gutters regularly to avoid accumulation of leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other flammable materials.
  • Remove dead or overhanging branches within 10ft.
  • Clean all dead leaves from roof and gutters.
  • Ensure roof meets fire resistant classification of "Class C" or better.
  • Cover chimney outlet with a non-flammable screen.
  • Clean your chimney for soot or creosote at least twice a year.
  • Have a garden hose of sufficient length for roof access (75ft.).


  • Keep lawn chairs/canvas furniture and picnic tables a safe distance from structures (30ft.).
  • Install spark arrests on small engines/equipment.
  • Do not dump lawn/brush clipping in canyons.


All roads leading to your property should:

  • Be at least 16 feet wide.
  • Not be located in areas with grades in excess of 12%.
  • Names of roads should be clearly indicated at all intersections.
  • Have addresses posted at driveway entrance(s).
  • Dead-end roads that end in a cul-de-sac should have minimum turnaround radius of 60 feet.
  • Have at least two entrance and exit routes from your neighborhood.

Use Fire Resistant Building Materials

  • Good: Non-combustible construction materials such as tile/slate, brick/stone, aluminum, sheet iron.
  • Bad: Highly combustible materials such as wood siding, cedar shake.

Defensible Space

  • Maintain a fuel break at least 30 feet wide around all structures.
  • Stack woodpiles 30 feet from structures, fences and other combustible materials.
  • Remove stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves and other debris.
  • Clear vegetation/flammable materials from beneath deck area.
  • Enclose underside of elevated decks with fire resistant materials.


  • Shrubs/trees should be at least 15 feet apart.
  • Remove branches from trees to a height of 15 feet from the ground.
  • Keep trees/vegetation at least 10 feet away from chimney/stove pipes.
  • Plant fire resistant plants such as aspen or other deciduous species.
  • Remove dead and dying vegetation.
  • Plant native trees at least 10 feet apart.

Fire Escape Plan

  • Plan an evacuation route.
  • Designate an emergency meeting place outside your home.
  • Immediately evacuate the area when ordered by police or fire personnel.