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Archive for Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fire-safety tips protect homeowners

September 7, 2008

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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.

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