Mow regularly and remove leaves and branches


Mow your grass regularly; remove excess ground fuels, such as dead leaves and branches.

Vegetation debris such as bark, leaf and fallen limbs form base fuel loads, which aid the spread of fire. Burning yard debris is the most common cause for a home catching fire. Especially in strong winds, fallen leaves and braches, and long grass fuel the fire (think of the kindling you use to start a camp fire). Burning debris and can be carried into or onto the house, which then becomes enflamed.

All flammable material within 20 metres of your house should be removed, including dead branches, fallen leaves and long grass. If your house is located on a slope, an extended area should be cleared.

Trees and shrubs against or overhanging the house also provide fuel, so cut back overgrown trees and shrubs at the beginning of summer, to reduce the risk of loss to fire.

You'll need a long ladder to reach your roof and manholes. Keep your gutters free from leaves to eliminate an ignition source for embers. If you have time, fill your gutters with water.