As I mentioned last week, I thought it would be great to share with all of you, NFPA's "Top Seven Benefits to Becoming Firewise." Given the intensity of this season's fire activity, there's no better time than now to start working on ways to reduce your neighborhood's wildfire risk.
Full disclosure, these are not benefits that we, the Firewise program administrators told people to say,rather, they come straight out of the mouths of people like you - members of recognized Firewise communities who want to share their success and belief for the program. As I whole heartedly believe, what better way to learn about Firewise and wildfire safety than from others like youself who have gone through the process and can tell us what they've learned. So, without further hesitation, here’s the second benefit on our list:
Learning About Wildfire
As people go through the Firewise process, they learn about wildfire risks in the community and the simple things they can do to reduce them. As we've always talked about, Firewise doesn't have to be a complicated process nor does it have to cost a lot of money. In all honesty, it's the simple things that really do help to make a difference. Along with these, residents also connect with experts – local fire fighters, state forestry professionals, and national researchers – to continue to learn about fire and find resources to accomplish (their) Firewise actions. Residents, by working with experts and with each other, will soon see that they can play a great role in helping reduce their risk for wildfire damage and injuries.
So, take a moment and do some research. Check out our Firewise website and talk to your neighbors. Connect with those wildfire experts in your area who can work with you and help educate you on Firewise principles and creating a fire adapted community.Our list of Firewise state liaisons is a great place to start. Stay tuned next week for our next Firewise benefit!