State Farm Urges California Property Owners to Plan Ahead For Wildfires
Los Angeles, California July 9, 2012 - As wildfires continue to rage in Colorado and across the western U.S., they are a constant reminder of the fire danger many Californians face. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, nationally 52 large fires have burned more than 900,000 acres this year. Fire officials are expecting larger-than-normal wildfires in much of the West in 2012.
As history has shown, wildfires in California are a serious risk to life and property. California experienced a dry winter season this year. Brush is more abundant and as the weather becomes hot and dry, so is the increased potential for wildfires. State Farm® wants to remind you that the best way to reduce property loss due to wildfire is to plan ahead.
One of the most important steps to reduce wildfire damage is to clear and maintain a defensible space around your home and structures. Clearing or trimming vegetation reduces the chance of fire damage and provides a safety zone for firefighters. Here are several easy and inexpensive ways to create a defensible space:
In addition to protecting your home, review your homeowner's insurance coverage with your agent, especially if you have made recent changes to your property. Insuring your property to at least 100 % of its estimated replacement cost affords the greatest protection to the policyholder in the event of a loss. Remember to document your belongings by creating a home inventory. An accurate inventory and proof of ownership can make your claim settlement easier and faster.
Eddie C. Martinez, Media Inquiries,
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