Tips to keep your home safe from fire dangers

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 1/27 1:29 pm Published: 1/26 9:32 pm

"The term ‘fire wise’ is coupled with the term ready, set, go," said Skiatook Fire Marshal Robert Nail.

Green Country and surrounding communities as a whole have experienced a busy fire season and there are still months ahead.

Fire officials are asking residents to help them in their efforts to prevent grass fires.

Our FOX23 crew found out you can take steps to be ‘fire wise’ and reduce the risk of your house catching on fire.

On a beautiful day like Sunday, many people will be out grilling, but fire officials say you shouldn't leave your grill unattended on days with a high fire risk.

Grassfires have consumed hundreds of acres in Green Country over the past few weeks.

Fire officials say you can take steps to help protect your home.

FOX23 spoke with Nail, who advises, "Make sure all of the dormant fuels are reduced down to the lowest level possible, simply mowing your yards."

Nail said fire season is a good time to clean up.

"Cleaning out your gutters, making sure you don't have dilapidated vehicles in your yard,” Nail said.

The recent ice storm in December left behind a major fire hazards, [including] branches on the ground.

"In the event of a fire, it can become catastrophic as far as what would happen if you have a pile of unwanted brush around your home," Nail explained.

He continued to share another fire danger tip that is not commonly expressed.

Nail said it's a bad idea to have firewood stacked beside your home, "If you weren't to be there and the firewood were to catch fire, the thermal insulation it creates on a structure is so dynamic that you can get your home burning pretty quickly," he expressed.

Most importantly, Nail says be vigilant, because it doesn't take much to spark a fire.

"Things as simple as running a chainsaw that could emit sparks this time of year can create a fire," said Nail.

Fire officials say another way you can help yourself and fire crews is to call early and often.

If you see smoke, go ahead and call your local fire department and have them investigate before it becomes a major situation.

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