Napa Valley is one of the most at-risk places in the United States when it comes to wildfire season. Preventing wildfires should be at the top of everyone’s list in the area, and everyone can and should do their part to aid in wildland fire prevention in Napa Valley. There are services that can help train businesses and individuals on the best practices, but here are some general guidelines on everything you need to know about wildland fire prevention in Napa Valley and the surrounding areas.

At home:

There are several things you can do around your home in the winter to prevent wildland fires from breaking out in the Napa Valley area. You can start with removing any dead brush, leaves or trees that have collected on the ground around your property. Dried brush and leaves can ignite a big fire if a spark ever hits them, so clearing them regularly will keep the area clear from those risks.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that any trees are not overgrown too close to electric or telephone wires. When trees grow too close to electrical wires they can create a spark that can cause a devastating wildland fire, so keeping the area clear will prevent that from happening. We recommend hiring professionals to cut any trees that are close to electrical lines so as not to accidentally cause a fire during the trimming process.

Professional services recommend making sure that vents and heating systems in your home and business are regularly cleaned and tended to. Dryer vents, for example, can spark fires if left dirty for too long. It’s important to regularly check vents around your property to assure that they’re clear and free from any debris or clogging that can be caused from regular use.

At work:

There are two main things that you can do to assure that your business is safe and working on wildland fire prevention in Napa Valley. The first is to have a staff that is properly trained in OSHA best practices as not to accidentally start a fire or require a technical rescue that could take up resources and time from fire rescue services in the area.

The second thing that businesses can do is hire a third party fire rescue service such as Capstone Fire in case of emergency. These services respond quickly and act as personal emergency services, which often eases pressure on local public services like the Napa fire department and police department.