August 6, 2004  


Living on the Edge: Wildland Fire Safety

By Robert Reek

Fire season is here again, and I’d like to remind you of the dangers and share some tips.

Defensible space works! (Photo courtesy of Robert Reek)

SLAC itself and the homes of many of us are in ‘wildland interface areas’—pockets of development surrounded by grassland, scrub and forest. These areas are especially prone to devastating, hard to fight, fires. Every year across the country, fires destroy hundreds of buildings and thousands of acres of land in these areas.

The first step in defending against such fires is for each of us to take simple, basic precautions. Remember, fire safety is our personal responsibility. Fire stops with us!

Protecting SLAC

Here at SLAC we have several preventive measures. Our first line of defense is fire-safe landscaping and weed abatement programs that limit the spread of fire both on-site and to and from surrounding areas. Another precaution is making sure the area around welding activity, which can be very hazardous, is protected from sparks or flame. There are also approved areas where people can smoke as well as special refuse containers for smoking materials.

Protecting Your Home

Those of us who live in or near wildland interface areas can use the following tips:

• Create defensible space

• Choose fire-resistant materials

• Maintain your home and surrounding property

If you have any questions or concerns related to fire safety, contact Robert Reek, SLAC Fire Marshal (Ext. 4509) or SLAC Fire Station 7 (Ext. 2776).

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