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Taking precautions to reduce the risk of fire

The months of April, May, June and July saw state-wide records of rainfall broken. Firefighters believe that could lead to an increased risk of wildfire. They're taking precautions, like this prescribed burn here at Grand Lagoon State Park, and they say you can and should do the same at home."

Adam Putnam "It would be consistent with the past for us to see a very rainy season end dramatically and go into a period of prolonged drought."

Adam Putnam, Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, says a decrease in rain means an increase in fuel for wildfires. Bryan Koon, the state's Emergency Management Director, says preparedness can help prevent tragedy.

Bryan Koon "Take a look at what you can do to make sure yourself, your loved ones, your families, your businesses are prepared for any eventuality."

Firefighters say to build an emergency kit, and plan with your family. Design your home and landscaping with safety in mind, and use materials and plants that might contain a fire, instead of fuel it. Regularly cleaning gutters and chimneys is a must, and move flammable objects like patio furniture away from the house. Using fire-retardent chemicals on roofs and exterior structures and installing mesh screens under decks and floors is suggested. And, of course, make sure you keep checking and refreshing fire detector batteries.