Top Ten Tips To Protect Your Summer Cabin From Wildfire
Each year you might go through the typical list to winterize your summer cabin: shut off water, add antifreeze to all drains, and so on…but don’t forget to protect your vacation cabin or cottage from the danger of wildfire while you’re away. When a wildfire spreads, small fuel sources such as leaves and pine needles on roofs, gutters, under decks and vegetation near cabin or cottage structures can contribute to the spread of fire which can easily cause great damage to your summer cabin. By making these tips a part of your regular maintenance routine, you can help prevent damage from wild land fires to your cabin or cottage property and the natural landscape around it.
- 1. Turn off propane or natural gas at the meter or tank.
- 2. To prevent sparks from blowing into the house, close all exterior vents.
- 3. Move combustible furniture away from the deck.
- 4. Clear gutters and roof from leaves and pine needles.
- 5. Remove leaves and vegetation from under stairs and decks.
- 6. Mow the lawn.
- 7. Shut window shutters to keep windows from breaking and allowing fire into the house.
- 8. Cut and trim all bushes, brush or landscaping.
- 9. Leave a note for firefighters to let them know water source is shut off.
- 10. Contact your local Forest Service for additional information.
Spread these tips to your neighbors to prevent the spread of wildfire near your favorite getaway!