Dry conditions prompt wildfire safety recommendations

Posted on: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

With many parts of the country experiencing drought-like conditions, Amica Insurance is providing insurance customers - and consumers in general - with tips for how they can reduce their wildfire exposure risk.

"Wildfires can be terrifying," said Michael Gillerlane, senior assistant vice president at Amica. "They can start suddenly and spread quickly, racing through fields and forest and destroying everything in their path in a matter of minutes."

One of the best ways to minimize this risk is to maintain a fire safety zone of at least 30 feet around a residence. This can be accomplished by keeping the grass mowed, shrubs trimmed and tree branches clipped so that they're far removed from the ground. In addition, Amica suggests keeping firewood, propane tanks, boats and other items that could ignite at least 30 feet away from standing structures.

Gillerlane added that it may be a good idea for insurance agents to remind their customers to prepare an evacuation plan. That way, they'll be able to leave their property at a moment's notice if conditions force them to flee.

Posted In: Insurance News, Property & Casualty Insurance

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