Tips To Protect Your Home From Fire

Sunday, March 6th 2011, 11:35 pm
By: News On 6

Laura Moss, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- With a high fire danger across parts of the state, Oklahomans need to be extra careful, and there are some steps homeowners can take to keep their home from going up in flames.

The Ring family lost their home to a grassfire spreading with the help of 60 mile per hour winds in 2005.

"We literally ran for our lives and everybody out here did," said Linda Ring.

They've since rebuilt, but this time they made sure to get some pointers from their local fire department.

"They were very helpful after the fire and told us be sure when you build back not to put any trees or shrubs close to your house," said Linda Ring.

Firefighters said homeowners need to be worried about tall grass and dead trees, which make perfect fuel for fire.

"If the grass is cut really short it's starting to turn green, that doesn't mean the area around your yard is still protected," said Inola Fire Chief Randy Alves.

High winds across the state and low humidity can be a recipe for disaster during high fire danger.

"Safety is the biggest thing. We don't want to lose anybody's home or anybody's property," Alves said.

Firefighters said the best way to stay safe is to do some cleaning up around the house. Besides keeping your grass cut short, keep piles of leaves, fire wood and other flammable objects at least 10 feet away from a home.