This season as we strive to give a gift of value, let us explore giving gifts that will have value beyond the day or short term. What greater long-term value than making improvements to your home and landscape, ensuring that what you hold dear to you will be safe.
If you are making a list this year for your gift giving and checking it twice, some simple Firewise improvements that you can make while preparing your home for the season are:
- Cleaning out gutters while you are hanging up lights.
- Trimming or limbing up bushes and small trees before you string lights.
- Cleaning out under the deck while you are hanging the swag.
- Cutting branches away from the chimney before you burn the yule log. While you are at it, clean the chimney before you use it.
- Taking care to clean that first five feet away from the home, including human treasures such as pieces of construction materials that you know you’ll use someday. The shed is a good place to store those. Check out the Firewise Landscaping and Plants List to help you make better plant choices in this area.
- Share the holiday cheer by volunteering to assist a neighbor who needs and wants help cleaning up.
- Wrap up some sturdy garden tools to use for yard work. You can take a free online course to learn about Firewise Landscaping.
- In your Christmas emails send along links to the Firewise Tool Kit.
- Make sure that Santa knows how to find you. Do you have a clearly posted address sign?
- Finally, share your Firewise knowledge with neighbors and friends by hosting a Firewise Day to ring in the New Year.
Giving the gift of wildfire safety to those that you love can be the best gift of all as we embrace changes that will help us all have a “Year of Living Less Dangerously From Wildfire” through the New Year.