cleaning checklist offers reminders to keep homes fire safe
has once again become no stranger to the City of Gallup and the surrounding
area bringing with it the risk of brush fires.
The Gallup Fire Department would like to remind customers what they can do around the home
to stay fire safe.
“Spring is the perfect time for a
refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round to help
protect your home from outside fires. Limiting the amount of flammable
vegetation, choosing fire-resistant building materials and construction
techniques, along with periodic exterior maintenance around the home can go a
long way in protecting your home and family.
Important spring cleaning home fire safety tips:
branches that overhang the home, porch and deck and prune branches of large
trees up to (depending on their height) 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Remove
plants containing resins, oils and waxes and ensure mulches within 5 feet
around the house are non-combustible: options like crushed stone and gravel.
Maintain vegetation annually.
Ensure you r home has a legible and clearly
marked address posted and visible from the street.
flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and
debris from under decks/porches and between deck board joints.
replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows Screen or box-in
areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible
materials from accumulating.
Move any flammable
materials away from wall exteriors – mulch, flammable plants, leaves and
needles, firewood piles – anything that can burn. Remove anything stored
underneath decks or porches.
Remove dead plants and
Dispose of heavy
accumulations of ground litter around home and storage buildings.
Keep lawns and
native grasses mowed to a height of four inches.
fuels (vegetation under trees) so a surface fire cannot reach the crowns.
Prune trees up to six to ten feet from the ground; for shorter trees do not
exceed 1/3 of the overall tree height.