Highland Twp. Volunteer Fire Department   27723 Watson Rd Defiance (Ayersville), Ohio 43512

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Rural Fire Safety and Prevention


A move from an urban center to a suburb or rural area requires you to rethink fire safety. First, you must be aware of special fire hazards near wooded areas. Second, geographic location may create longer response times for fire and rescue services.


If you live in the rural-urban interface, the point where homes meet combustible vegetation, you must increase your role to protect lives and property in your community beyond the city limits.

Fire Facts about Rural Living


    * Once a fire starts outdoors in a rural area, it is often hard to control. Wildland firefighters are trained to protect natural resources, not homes and buildings.

    * Many homes are located far from fire stations. The result is longer emergency response times. Within a matter of minutes, an entire home may be destroyed by fire.

    * Limited water supply in rural areas can make fire suppression difficult.

    * Homes may be secluded and surrounded by woods, dense brush and combustible vegetation that fuel fires.


Tips for Making Your Property Fire Resistant


    * Keep lawns trimmed, leaves raked, and the roof and rain-gutters free from debris such as dead limbs and leaves.

    * Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.

    * Store flammable materials, liquids and solvents in metal containers outside the home at least 30 feet away from structures and wooden fences.

    * Create defensible space by thinning trees and brush within 30 feet around your home.

    * Landscape your property with fire resistant plants and vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly.

    * Post home address signs that are clearly visible from the road.

    * Provide emergency vehicle access with properly constructed driveways and roadways, at least 12 feet wide with adequate turnaround space.

    * Make sure water sources, such as hydrants and ponds, are accessible to the fire department.

    * Burning yard waste is a fire hazard. Check with your local fire agency on a non-emergency number for fire permit requirements and restricted burning times.



    *  Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.


    * Replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring.

    * Test all smoke alarms in your house once a month.


    * Do not place a smoke alarm too close to a kitchen appliance or fireplace, as this may result in nuisance alarms.


    * Avoid locating alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or ceiling fans.


    * Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Smoke alarms don't last forever.


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