July 10 2013 03:00 AM

With fire season upon us, it’s a good idea to make your clients’ homes as defensible as possible. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), has provided these tips:

·       * Create a fire-safe landscape 100 feet out from your client’s home. Do this by removing native vegetation and replacing it with low-growing, fire-resistant plants. Some suggested plants are agave, candelabra tree, cheverias, soapweed and the nopal cactus.

·       * Stack firewood and scrap lumber at least 30 feet from any building and remove dead tree limbs hanging over any structure.

·       * It‘s not advisable to build wooden decks, balconies or fences. Instead use nonflammable materials such as concrete, stone and brick for patios, pathways, fences and retaining walls.

Firefighters aim to save every home, but you can help them keep landscapes fire-safe.