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Let’s PLAN for a year of living less dangerously from wildfire! Find valuable planning resources and information below.

Be aware of the risk from embers
Blowing embers from a wildfire can travel miles from their ignition source. Learn from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) about how you can protect your decks, patios and porches and roofs/eaves/gables from smoldering embers.

This video show highlights from wildfire/ember testing of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety's Research Center.

Create an insurance home inventory
State Farm encourages residents to build a home inventory, keep it in a safe place and ensure you have the right level of insurance to recover quickly if damage or loss occurs. State Farm’s home inventory checklist makes the work easy. 

Watch this hour-long Firewise preparedness workshop. Learn the importance of being prepared long before a fire happens and how to accomplish it. 

Work with your neighbors
The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program provides a series of steps so you and your neighbors can act now ahead of a wildfire threat. A great first step is to talk with your neighbors (PDF, 152 KB)
Create defensible space in the Home Ignition Zone
The primary goal for defensible space landscaping is fuel reduction — limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation. The home itself and everything around it up to 100 – 200 feet is known as the home ignition zone.

Gary Marshall, an instructor for NFPA's "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" training, talks about the role of the homeowner in making sure their property is protected from wildfire.

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Make a difference in your community
Learn what other communities have successfully done. Challenge friends, family, a faith-based group or youth organization to create a project and accomplish something great together! Talk with your neighbors and learn how your community can participate in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 2.
Featured Product
Firewise Guide to Landscape and Construction Brochure
The Firewise® Guide to Landscape and Construction Brochure offers important tips that could provide a safer home from wildfire.
Item #: FWC20508

How to Have a Firewise Home Brochure
This Brochure illustrates how to create a Firewise® home with helpful landscape and construction tips.
Item #: FWC22612

Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions DVD
Learn how the combustion process affects forest fires and why some homes survive and others are destroyed during a wildfire.
Item #: FWC21501D