Wildfires have already started cropping up across the South and the West, creating extremely dangerous situations for residents of these areas. While no homeowner can control a wildfire, they can take precautions to prevent starting one. Additionally, homeowners can create what is called a “defensible space” by limiting the amount of flammable material on their property.

One of the ways to create a defensible space is to clean your gutters. When twigs, pine needles, leaves, and other debris collect in your gutter system, they create a ring of highly flammable material right around the top of your home. If a fire were to approach your property, this could create an extremely dangerous situation.

You should generally have your gutters cleaned once or twice per year, depending upon how quickly they fill with debris and the plant life surrounding your property. Cleaning them before the summer season—and wildfire season—begins is the best way to safeguard your home against the possibility of a fire.

In addition to cleaning your gutters, you may also consider cleaning your chimney and maintaining your landscaping. Dry or dead plant life is the perfect fuel for fires, so it is best to keep it as far away from your home as possible. Make sure that all landscaping clippings are disposed of properly, not left in piles on your property. While burning such waste is a common tactic of disposal, it is not recommended during the height of wildfire season. Call your city’s waste management office to find out when yard clippings are collected or use them in a compost pile for your garden.

Protecting your home against wildfire season can be extremely time consuming, depending on how much foliage is on your property. With the help of a gutter cleaning prevention system, such as Leaf Slugger, you can eliminate the need to clean your gutters. This will save you hours and better protect your home against the buildup of debris in your gutter system.