Protecting residential properties against wildfires is vital every day of the year. Yet, that is especially the case during the Los Angeles wildfire season, when it becomes even more crucial. Despite the conditions in Los Angeles, a lot of residents aren’t aware what impact a wildfire could have on them, their family, and their homes. In addition, the number of homeowners who have properly and timely prepared for evacuation is not big.
Though wildfire prevention and preparation involve a lot of activities, there are some key aspects. One of them is creating defensible space. The importance of creating it, particularly through tree removal and brush clearing, cannot be overstated.
1. Creating Defensible Space
Let’s first see the definition of defensible space: It’s the first 200 feet around your home which creates a buffer that’s intended to stop or slow the spread of flames, decrease exposure to radiating heat, limit as many flammable materials which could contribute to spreading the fire. It’s really important for fire-fighters to have this space in an event of a fire so that they can come in and protect your structure in a safe manner.
2. Tree Removal Service
It goes without saying that trees near residential and commercial properties pose a huge risk during a wildfire. Despite this, a lot of people, from the standpoint of wildfire preparation and prevention, try to remove trees on their own.
Since it’s obvious that it requires professional training, equipment, and even supervision, among other things, it’s not a surprise then that there have been numerous recorded accidents in which people hurt themselves or damaged their property while trying to do so. Why take the risk? The best and safest option for you is to hire a professional. Obviously, you want the highest level of preparation and prevention possible when hiring tree removal service.
3. Brush Clearing Service
The same goes for brush clearing. Though when compared to tree removal, this may sound like an easier task for an individual to take on, that’s the wrong way to look at things here as well. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), smaller brush fires have been accidentally started by residents engaged in brush clearance. Not to mention the fact that like tree removal, brush clearance, too, requires an approach and things that only a professional can bring to the table.
The fact that Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance in 2017 (it is still effective) to increase brush clearance and fire safety requirements in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ) is a testament to the serious approach such activities require.Perhaps the most significant ones concern, but are not limited to, the use of metal cutting blades, not allowing brush clearance on red flag days, when fire weather conditions are at their peak, and having an approved fire extinguisher within 10 feet of any grass or brush clearance operation, for quickly extinguishing a small fire before it burns out of control.
The ordinance is available here.
So, you probably see now why the best decision you can make is to hire professionals to do brush clearing for you.
LAFD’s Wildfire Prevention Campaign
Creating defensible space is also a big part of the LAFD’s Ready! Set! Go! wildfire prevention campaign. It also offers critical information on other issues, such as retrofitting the home with fire-resistant materials, and preparing residents to safely evacuate well ahead of a wildfire.
The campaign consists of three parts:
Ready: This part focuses on, as discussed, defensible space, the Fuel Modification Plan Review Program, which affects new structures and developments built in fire hazard severity zones, and touring a wildfire-ready home.
Set: This part is about creating your own Wildfire Action Plan, assembling your emergency supply kit, and pre-evacuation preparation steps.
Go: The third and final part deals with taking action immediately when wildfire strikes, what to do if you become trapped, returning home after a wildfire, and the importance of the six P’s (People and pets; Papers, phone numbers, and important documents; Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses; Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia; Personal computers (information on hard drive and disks); and “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash).
For more information, access the campaign brochure here.
Get Ready for the Wildfire Season – Hire Green Leaf Zone Now!
Even if you’ve taken just a glance at the brochure, you will see the significance of creating defensible space to wildfire prevention and preparation. As we already discussed above, tree removal and brush clearing is not something you would want to do on your own. That rings particularly true during the wildfire season, when it could at the very least create a huge risk not only to you, your home, and your family, but also to your neighbors and surrounding area.
So, why expose yourself and others to unnecessary risks when the answer is simple. Your best course of action is to hire Green Leaf Zone, The #1 tree removal and brush clearing service in Los Angeles. If you want to get the best service and truly protect yourself, that’s the way to go. With 35 years of experience and a certified team, you will feel safe and prepared, knowing you’ve made the right choice.
For more info, contact Green Leaf Zone at (818) 452-3470 or email them at [email protected].
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