Is your home prepared for fire season? - Tucson News Now

Is your home prepared for fire season?

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With several wildfires burning across Southern Arizona, the public is reminded to make sure the space around their homes is ready in case a fire sparks nearby.

According to fire experts even small steps to protect homes can go a long way.

Defensible space is one of the biggest factors that could save a home in the event there is ever a fire nearby. 

Authorities say to make sure to keep anything that can burn away from the house as far as possible, one way to do this is to make sure roof and gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Another tip is keeping the lawn mowed, it could seem like a chore for many, but keeping the grass short can prevent fire from spreading quickly. 

Also, according to information from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, it's a good idea to have a water hose that can reach around all parts of the home, while fire extinguishers can come in handy for small fires, both inside and outside the home. However, authorities say people should never risk their lives to save property. 

The Arizona Firewise Program also recommends having family fire drills and evacuation plans to make sure everyone knows where to meet and how to get a hold of each other.

Firefighters have been on high alert early this year, due to dry conditions and they want to make sure the public is prepared as well.

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