Safety Tips During Thanksgiving Holiday Season II
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Over the past 50 years, more and more Floridians have moved out of our cities to build homes and businesses in outlying fringe areas known as the wildland/urban interface (WUI). In fact, almost one-third of our population now lives in interface areas where structures intermingle with forests and wild lands. Residents here, however, usually don’t realize they may live too “close to nature” and they may, in fact, be living on the edge of a wildfire disaster.
On average, Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires in the nation. During dry years, Florida experiences severe wildfires — wildfires that destroy homes, disrupt people’s lives and impact our economy.
The simple truth is that few fire departments have adequate resources to protect every home in the wildland/urban interface.
Homeowners must become partners in fire protection. But there is also an important role for architects who design homes, builders, insurance agents, elected officials, planners, and educators — everyone who helps shape our communities.
We all have a part in making our communities safer from wildfire.
Find out how you and your neighbors can take action now to protect your community from wildfire.
The Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) includes areas where homes and forests meet or mix together. Homes in these locations need special consideration.
Understand the factors that can make a neighborhood either less or more vulnerable to a wildfire with the Hazard & Wildfire Risk Assessment Score sheet.
Learn about the two most vulnerable parts of a home, the “home ignition zone” for wildfires and defensible space.
How homes can be designed, built and maintained to withstand a wildfire.
“Defensible space” increases the likelihood that a home will survive a wildfire even in the absence of firefighters. Learn how to utilize these landscaping techniques.
Your community or neighborhood can help with local wildfire prevention and reduce losses from wildfire by participating in this national program.
A 20-year-old wood-frame home in a high wildfire hazard area was modified and made Firewise by creating a “defensible space” for wildfire protection without losing the “woodsy” look and feel. Treatments performed for this project are identified.
Take action now to reduce accumulated vegetation (wildland “fuel”), before wildfires occur. Find out how you and your neighbors can take action now to protect your community from wildfire.
Wildfires have struck every county in Florida in recent years. Wildfire Risk Reduction in Florida: Home, Neighborhood, and Community Best Practices .
To learn more about how to lower the wildfire risk and help prevent wildfires, the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist present Firewise Workshops and other information and the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for your county may be contacted by referring to THIS LINK.
~Let’s Help One Another~
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