Summer means warm sunshine and balmy breezes, and the chance to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle we’ve missed all winter. But summer also brings with it the threat of devastating, fast-moving wildfires — a threat that only worsens as the season moves along.

Wildfires can strike anywhere, with very little warning, so it’s extremely important that you take the proper steps to minimize fire risks outside of your home. And this is truly a win-win, because at the same time, you’ll also be improving your home’s curb appeal and its resale value.

Fire breaks are crucial

Fires need fuel in order to continue burning, so if you deprive the fire of what it needs to keep going, you can save your home. That’s why a fire break around your house is so important.

Before you start thinking "clear-cut," a fire break simply means creating an area of non- or low-combustible materials around the house. Those materials include hardscaping such as concrete, asphalt, paving stones and gravel; and low, moisture-retaining landscaping materials such as lawn, moist ground-cover plantings, and low shrubbery.

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