OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Tel (541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926
TIP OF THE WEEK
Date: July 25, 2016
We know that fires frequently occur, and yet no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire. However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. The following tips are found in the 2016 Emergency Management calendar, which can be downloaded from our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and going to the Emergency Management page.
Protect your home from wildfire
* Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
* Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
* Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters free from debris and screen vents under eaves and decks.
* Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
* Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.
* Call before you go — Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
* Select the right spot — Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
* Keep your campfire small.
* NEVER use gasoline.
* Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
* When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.