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3 Ways You Can Use A Fire Hose To Help Protect Your Home From Wildfire Damage

by Gabe Herrera

Each year, some 73,000 wildfires wreak havoc on state, federal, and private lands. Authorities estimate that an average of 2,600 structures are destroyed in these fires each year. If you own a home that is situated in an area where wildfires are common, it can be beneficial for you to have access to a fire hose.

Here are three ways that you can use a fire hose to help protect your home from wildfire damage in the future.

1. Use a fire hose to help maintain a defensible space around your home.

Fire experts suggest that the creation of two defensible zones in the area immediately surrounding your home could be beneficial in helping to direct flames away from your home. Zone one should extend 30 feet out from your home in all directions, and there should be no dry, dead, or dying vegetation in this area.

Zone two should extend 100 feet from your home in all directions and should contain grass that is no taller than four inches in length. You can use a fire hose to lay down water on the vegetation on both of these defensible zones to help eliminate any dryness that a wildfire could use as fuel.

2. Use a fire hose to suppress active flames.

In the event a wildfire does place your home in jeopardy, having access to a fire hose on your property could help you suppress any flames before they have a chance to cause serious damage. Soaking the exterior of your home and outbuildings with the fire hose as the fire draws nearer will help make them less flammable.

Any cinders or sparks that do manage to begin smoldering after they blow onto the buildings erected on your property can be snuffed out using a pressurized fire hose.

3. Use a fire hose to distribute water over greater distances.

Many homeowners who live in areas where wildfires are a threat maintain a cistern or well where water can be accessed in an emergency. Having a fire hose on-hand can make it a lot easier to transport stored water from the storage area to the area where flames are threatening your property.

You will want to ensure that your fire hose can be connected to a gasoline-powered pump so that you can access your stored water even if a wildfire is preventing your home from accessing electrical currents.

If you live in an area where wildfires frequently occur, you should consider investing in a fire hose to maintain the safety of your property during a wildfire in the future. For more information, contact Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company or a similar organization.