Red Cross offers brush fire safety tips

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The triple threat of warm weather, strong winds and dry leaves can leave Massachusetts very vulnerable to brush fires.

Here are a few tips to follow to reduce the risk of brush fires:

1) Burn brush only where permitted by your town or city. It’s important to pick a clear spot away from your home. All it takes is one strong wind to lead to a potential disaster.

2) Double and triple check your home’s gutters to ensure they are clear of flammable debris. Identify a reliable water source in the perimeter of your home in case of emergency.

3) Make a plan with your family and neighbors if necessary in the case a brush fire breaks out. Selecting a meeting spot and 2 or 3 evacuation routes will ensure your family and friends are prepared.

4) We love Emergency Preparedness Kits at the Red Cross and this is another great instance in which it would come in handy. Have a first aid kit ready along with bottled water, maps of the area, flashlight and nonperishable food.

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