If the recent chilly nights have you thinking about starting your firewood pile, take heed of these suggestions from the California Fire Safe Council and other organizations:
¢ Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from any structure.
¢ Locate LPG tanks at least 30 feet from any structure; maintain 10 feet of clear space around tanks.
¢ Keep the following tools ready and handy: a round point shovel with a long handle, a rake with a long handle, a ladder tall enough to reach the roof, one or more 5-pound fire extinguishers, at least one bucket, a garbage can full of water with a bailing bucket.
¢ Make sure your number is clearly visible from the road. Use 4- to 6-inch reflective numbers to mark your address.
¢ Locate all fire hydrants in your neighborhood.
¢ Never prune near power lines. Call your local utility company first.
¢ Maintain all plants by regular watering and by removing dead branches, leaves and needles.