Owners of equestrian ranches must be able to protect their property and horses, which is why it’s essential to be able to identify fire hazards and take proactive steps to prevent wildfire. This is especially important when you live in a dry climate such as the desert—in a dry year, grass, trees and shrubs can easily become a source of fiery danger. Even if you’re just starting to look at horse property for sale, it’s essential to know how to identify fire risks so that you can protect your family, horses and future real estate investment.
Read on for some tips for preventing fires on equestrian properties.
1. Always make sure that all firewood, lumber, empty feed sacks, flammable plastic materials and garbage are at least 20 feet away from the buildings on your property. A 30 foot distance is even better.
2. Remove all dry branches, leaves and other debris from gutters and roof surfaces. A stray spark can quickly ignite a wildfire that could destroy your entire property.
3. Get rid of all flammable items such as wood or wicker patio furniture, flower boxes, planters, etc.—these can easily catch a stray spark and ignite. Choose nonflammable materials for these items instead. Wrought iron, metal and glass is a much safer choice when it comes to patio furniture.
4. Be selective about your fencing. Unfortunately, wooden or plastic fences are highly flammable and can quickly lead a fire to the buildings on your property. This is even more important to consider when the fencing is attached to any of the structures on your property.
5. If you’re looking at horse property for sale or are in the planning stages of your real estate investment, opt for nonflammable materials such as metals, tile and brick for sidings and roofs. If your buildings are already in place, replace any combustibles that you can with nonflammable materials.
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