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Master Gardener Journal  

Defensible Space & Firewise Annual Checklist

  • Trees and shrubs are properly thinned and pruned within the defensible space. Slash from the thinning is disposed of.
  • Roof and gutters are clear of leaves, needles, and other debris.
  • Branches overhanging the roof and chimney are removed.
  • Chimney screens are in place and in good condition.
  • Grass and weeds are mowed to a low height.
  • An outdoor water supply is available, complete with a hose and nozzle that can reach all parts of the house.
  • Fire extinguishers are checked and in working condition.
  • The driveway is wide enough. The clearance of trees and branches is adequate for fire and emergency equipment. (Check with your local fire department).
  • Road signs and your name and house number are posted and easily visible.
  • There is an easily accessible tool storage area with rakes, hoes, axes and shovels for use in case of fire.
  • You have practiced family fire drills and your fire evacuation plan.
  • Your escape routes, meeting points and other details are known and understood by all family members.
  • Attic, roof, eaves and foundation vents are screened and in good condition. Stilt foundations and decks are enclosed, screened or walled up.
  • Trash and debris accumulations are removed from the defensible space.

Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Last Updated January 25, 2003
Author: Lucy K. Bradley, Extension Agent Urban Horticulture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
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