What is defensible space?

If your home is threatened by wildfire


  • Remove all light draperies from the windows.
  • Close all heavy draperies.
  • Turn off the gas outside, at the propane tank or the main valve.
  • Leave on the electricity.
  • Keep an outside light on so firefighters can identify your house.
  • Close all doors but leave the house unlocked.
  • Leave a garden hose hooked up and in plain sight.
  • Put a ladder up to the roof on the side of the house away from the fire.
  • Remove all woodpiles from next to the house a scatter them indiscriminately out in the yard.
  • Move flammable furniture away from the structure.
  • Evacuate your home when asked to do so by firefighters or law enforcement officials.
  • Don’t forget your pets.