Around the house
Limit vegetation around the home.
Keep roof and gutters free of leaves and other materials.
Be careful with outdoor burning.
Prune trees six to 10 feet up from the ground.
Maintain your yard and remove dead vegetation.
Prune trees and shrubs yearly.
Trim tree limbs back 15 feet from your chimney.
Move woodpiles 30 feet away from structures.
Don’t put combustible items under decks and eaves.
Use mulches that don’t burn: gravel or crushed rock.
Use fire-retardant features such as pools, pathways, birdbaths, non-wooden seating and statuary.
Use low-growing, high-moisture, drought-resistant plants; use well-irrigated perennials near the home.
On the house
Use Class A asphalt shingles, along with metal, cement and concrete products.
Use wall materials that resist heat: brick, stucco, cement, plaster and concrete masonry.
Use double-paned, tempered glass windows.
Don’t use fences that can burn.
Enclosed eves and soffits keep burning embers from flying into the attic.
Use skylight materials that will not melt in high heat.
Cover the top of the chimney with ¼ -inch metal screening so flying embers cannot enter or exit.
Source: state Department of Natural Resources and Firewise, For more tips visit www.firewise.org