Fire officials release training videos for residents to help protect homes

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – Reply Marshall fire, West Metro Fire Rescue has produced a training video for residents to reduce the risk of fire destroying their homes.

About the last thing the homeowners in Superior and Louisville ever thought would happen, happened.

“Urban firestorms are rare, the reality is that it takes a lot of different things coming together in the right mix,” said WMFR firefighter Jonathan Ashford.

The department told The Problem Solvers that when it comes to protecting your home from fire, precaution comes first. That’s why they put training videos on YouTube.

“The goal of that is to provide some very simple things that homeowners can do,” says Ashford.

An average home in Lakewood is inspected by WMFR.

“We have a good walkway made of material that’s pretty resistant to fire, but right in front of the house we have a pretty decent sized pile of wood,” says Ashford, describing the house he’s inspecting. .

Ashford says these dry leaves look harmless but can be a problem.

“After a windy day, walk around your property, see the collectibles, where you see leaves piled up – that’s exactly where the embers are going,” says Ashford.

But what about fuel near, but not really on your property?

“If you know someone who owns a large open space behind you, talk to them, see if they are comfortable with you doing anything beyond the boundaries of their property,” says Ashford. .

The chances of another urban firestorm are low, but so is a head-to-head car crash, but you’re still wearing your seat belt.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/fire-officials-release-training-video/ Fire officials release training videos for residents to help protect homes

Tom Vazquez

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