Tips for a firewise home:
 1.  At least 30 feet of defensible space around structures. Priority should be given to choosing plants with a   high
moisture content. Locate flowers,  hedges, etc. away from your house.
    2.        Keep roof and gutters free of accumulated leaves and debris.
    3.        Keep a shovel, rake & ladder in a readily accessible location and 50-100 feet of garden hosed attached
    to an outside faucet.
    4.        MAKE SURE YOUR HOME ADDRESS IS CLEARLY VISIBLE at the street on a non-combustible sign so
    emergency responders can quickly locate your home in an emergency.
    5.        Keep tree limbs at least 15 feet away from chimney outlets.
    6.        Replace wood or shake roofs with fire-retardant shingles, metal or tile.
    If you are planning an outdoor burn, make sure you are aware of fire laws.  NEVER light a fire outdoors until
    you are sure it is legal and always use good judgment concerning weather and other conditions that can
    influence a fire.  Contact the local Division of Forestry office for current rules and regulations.  Our local
    forestry office is:
                   Myakka River District/Florida Division of Forestry
                   4723 53rd Avenue E.
                   Bradenton, FL  34203
                   Ph: (941) 751-7627
                   Manager: Duane Weis (e-mail:
    (Obtained from The Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Forestry website, www.fl-
    MVRIA TIP LINE PH#: (941) 724-MVIA (6842)
    More security tips:
    7.        Use automatic timers in your home to turn on lights and a radio at different intervals to make your home
    seem occupied.
    8.        Turn down the ringer on your phone as an unanswered phone is a telltale sign you are not at home.
    9.        Don’t announce your absence on your answering machine message.
    10.        Leave your blinds and window coverings positioned as you normally do.
    11.        Be sure to close and lock your garage, gates and outbuildings.
    12.        Have your valuables engraved with your driver’s license number and, if possible, make a video of the
    contents of your home and keep it in a safe deposit box along with a list of your valuables.
    13.        Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway.
    14.        File a travel itinerary with your neighbor or a relative including emergency contact information and
    estimated times of departure and return.

    *Obtained from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department website
Security and Community Awareness: Member: Dale Ream: 915-5811