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Learn How to Protect Your Home from Wildfire

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September 25, 2008

Although more than 1,700 homes were lost in last year’s devastating fires, another 17,000 homes were saved due to the combined efforts of firefighters and residents who had taken preventative safety measures on their properties.

The public can learn how to make these important changes around their homes at a Wildfire Preparedness Community Fair this weekend.

The fair is organized by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services in partnership with Home Depot and local fire agencies. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Home Depot, 4255 Genesee Ave., near Balboa Avenue in Clairemont.

Brush management inspectors and fire code specialists from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and CAL Fire will talk to participants about how to protect their properties.

“Events like this are important because it allows fire agencies the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with citizens about things they can do to protect themselves and their homes from wildfires,” said San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman.

“As we have seen, wildfires know no boundaries and that’s why no matter where we live in the city or county we all need to become educated about fire prevention measures and what to do if disaster strikes again.”

CAL Fire Unit Chief Howard Windsor added, “CAL Fire encourages all home owners to maintain defensible space around their homes and have an evacuation plan prior to an incident occurring.”

Residents can also learn about fire-resistant plants and trees, as well as proper spacing, trimming and maintenance of landscaping. Home Depot will provide landscape and product experts.

In addition, people at the event are urged to register their cell phone numbers with AlertSanDiego, the County’s emergency notification system. Registering a cell phone number allows residents to receive emergency messages during a disaster even when they are away from home.

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