Last year, there was a 15 percent increase in vegetation fires in Richmond over the previous year, with 63 different fires being reported.
This sobering statistic provided by the Richmond Fire Department offers an important reminder that it’s always wise to stay “brushed up” on the latest fire safety procedures to avoid property damage or worse.
Luckily, our friends at the Richmond Fire Department are working diligently to reduce the number of vegetation fires during fire season by providing a helpful brochure filled with preventative tips.
“To reduce this threat, there are a number of well-established protective measures that property owners can implement to reduce the risk around their property,” the Richmond Fire Department Preventative Services Division” said in a statement in the Richmond City Manager’s report. “Now is the time to act!”
In its statement, the Prevention Services Division said it “encourages residents to use this printable brochure as a guideline to assist in making their property fire safe for this summer season.”
Highlights of the brochure’s tips include recommended spacing between grass, shrubs and trees, of trees’ lowest branches from the ground and horizontal spacing between plants and trees to reduce the potential spread of wildfires.
“We’re confident that if community members follow our suggested protective measures—such as tending to dead and dying or thick and tall vegetation—we will be successful in reducing the number of vegetation fires,” said Jim Russey, president of the Richmond Firefighters Local 188 and a For Richmond Steering Committee and Board member.
For Richmond has included the Richmond Fire Department’s vegetation fire safety tips brochure below. For more info, contact the Richmond Fire Department at 510-307-8041 or click here to visit their website.