3 Steps to Fire-Proof Your Home
Before Fire Season
Fire danger is still high in the Rogue Valley
Do these few things to mitigate your risk.
Prevent dryer fires...
Start by disconnecting your dryer from the power source. If you have a gas dryer, turn off the gas valve.
Carefully slide the dryer away from the wall so that you can access the vent in the back of the dryer. If you have a gas dryer, take care not to damage the gas line.
Disconnect the duct and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access. If the duct has shorter sections take them apart to vacuum, then reassemble. Be sure all joints in the duct are properly connected and held together with clamps or foil tape. Then return the dryer to its original spot and reconnect the power.
While you’re at it, clean the outdoor vent as well!
Remove flammable bushes that are next to the house
First, call 811 to make sure there’s no hidden utility lines. Then check for birds’ nests - you may have to delay until the chicks are gone.
Consider hiring a chipper if you have a lot of bushes.
When pruning, cut the branches into lengths that will fit into the trash receptacle or chipper. Leave an obvious stump. Dig around the stump to expose it to as great a depth as possible, and cut off any side roots. Cut the stump itself at least six inches below the yard surface. Drill in holes and pack with epsom salts to prevent resprouting. Cover with dirt and a a layer of landscape fabric and rocks.
Replace foundation mulch with rocks
The old mulch can be raked off and the old landscape fabric removed. Install edging around the borders of the space where you wish to lay small rocks. Cover the ground with new landscaping fabric to prevent weeds from growing through the rocks. Spread rocks and admire your hard work!
Let me know in the comments what you’re going to tackle this weekend!