|PROACTIVE MEASURES CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES AND HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME|
April 4, 2013 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – As Wildfire Awareness Week kicks off Monday, Texas A&M Forest Service is reminding residents of simple precautions they can take to prevent dangerous blazes.
About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are attributed to preventable causes such as debris burning, outdoor campfires and welding. A little common sense – such as making sure your debris burn site is away from structures and overhanging branches – can prevent a wildfire from igniting. Other tips include:
Residents also can take precautions to increase their home’s chances of survival if a wildfire ignites, said Bruce Woods, Mitigation and Prevention department head for Texas A&M Forest Service.
“What you plant, where you place your plants and how you maintain the landscaping can help protect your home, and simple improvements can significantly decrease a home’s ignitability,” Woods said.
Some tips include:
Visit texasfirewise.org for information on fire-resistant construction materials, Firewise landscaping and vegetation management.