1. Use much in small areas, such as around trees and individual plants.
2. Don't put garden lights near much.
3. Shredded redwood bark is the most flammable and should not be used near a structure.
4. Use rocks, gravel or stones instead of much next to homes or buildings.
5. In dry weather, water mulch and vegetation frequently.
6. Keep trees and bushes trimmed to reduce fuel potential in case of a fire, and trim tall trees 10 feet
from the bottom to keep flames from using branches as a ladder.
All plants are flammable, but some are less flammable than others and will smolder for a longer time before flaring up. Ground
cover is a good choice for landscaping close to a structure such as a home or building. Here is a short list of flammable foliage:
Highly flammable plants: Scotch Bloom, Algerian Ivy, Bamboo, Pampas Grass, Eucalyptus, Juniper,
Pine, upright Rosemary.
Less flammable plants and trees: Ice Plant, Ivy Geranium, African Daisy, Periwinkle, traveling
Rosemary (not upright Rosemary) Strawberry Tree, Saltbush, Western Red Bud, Tulip Tree and Weeping Willow.
Landowners also should be well acquainted with the potential hazards of lawnmowers, especially when it comes to fire safety.
1. Fill the fuel tank before starting the engine to cut the lawn. Never refuel the mower when it is running or while the engine is hot.
2. With an electric mower, organize your work so you first cut the area nearest the electrical outlet, and then gradually move away. This will minimize chances of your running over the power cord and causing a spark.
3. Always check for frayed or cut wiring.
Use extra care in handling gasoline. It is flammable, and the vapors are explosive.
1. Use only an approved container.
2. Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool before refueling.
3. Never refuel indoors.
4. Never store the lawnmower or gasoline container inside the house where there is an open flame, such as a gas water heater.
5. Always clean up spilled gasoline.
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