People living in California are keenly familiar with the risk of wildfire. Of the 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk, more than 2 million of them are in the Golden State, according to the Verisk 2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis. If you’re wondering what you can do to mitigate the risk to your home, it all begins with preparation – particularly in the area immediately surrounding the structure. Ideally, this defensible space should act as a buffer to slow or stop the wildfire. That gives your home a better chance of surviving the fire, and it helps protect the firefighters who may be defending it.
With the first day of summer approaching, there’s no better time to start tackling some home maintenance projects. There are all sorts of things you can do to spruce up your home while the weather is warm, but we came up with a list of the most essential maintenance tips to get you started.