In many parts of the country, wildfires pose a major threat to the lives and property of people. During dry weather, there is great risk, and homeowners should do all they can to minimize the risk of their home catching fire.

If you have fencing around your home, using a metal fence is safer than a wooden one since the latter will serve as fuel for the fire. Regularly clean out branches, leaves and other debris that collects in and around the fence.

Cut back trees and vegetation from around your home to make it more difficult for the fire to travel.

Make sure your roof and gutters don’t have buildup of pine straw or leaves that can ignite. Flying embers can collect in your gutters even before or after the fire gets close to your home.

If you have a deck, do not keep any combustible materials underneath it, and cut down vegetation growing there as well.