Protecting Your Church from Wildfires
According to National Geographic, an astonishing 100,000 wildfires occur every year. Four out of five of these fires are started by humans. Fortunately, there are many simple safety precautions that you can take to help reduce the chances that a wildfire will occur. Here are several pointers for protecting your church from wildfires:
If a group wishes to create a bonfire or campfire, adhere to the following guidelines recommended by the American Red Cross:
- Only start a fire in an appropriate fire pit.
- Clear the area of vegetation and create a stone ring before starting a fire.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Douse a fire with water and smother it with dirt before leaving it.
- Never start a fire on a windy day.
- Ensure smokers dispose of matches and cigarette butts in a closed container or water.
- Don't park a hot vehicle in dry grass.
- Don't spill gas or oil on grass or vegetation.
It is also important to take steps to protect your building, staff, and property from the effects of a wildfire. The National Fire Protection Association advises the following:
- Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks to prevent them from acting as embers.
- Keeping flammable materials away from the building.
- Pruning trees so that the lowest branches are six to 10 feet above the ground.
- Clearing debris, leaves, and lawn clippings promptly.
- Replacing or repairing missing or loose roofing tiles to prevent ember penetration.
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