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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Residents Encouraged to Schedule a Home Fire Risk Assessment

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Avon, CO – The Town of Avon and Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD) are encouraging residents to prepare their homes for the impending wildfire season and the expected increased risk of wildfire activity in Eagle County. As part of its Community Risk Reduction program, ERFPD offers homeowners free personalized Fire Risk Assessments for your property. These services are an important part of ERFPD’s comprehensive program designed to reduce the risk to communities served by the District.
 
There are two types of Risk Assessments: Structural and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). A Structural Risk Assessment focuses on the interior of your home, including early warning systems such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, sprinkler systems, and building construction. A WUI Risk Assessment focuses on the exterior of your home and the surrounding property, including creating defensible space and ensuring the exterior of your home as fire resistant as possible. ERFPD does not charge to conduct these assessments.
 
During a Home Fire Risk Assessment, members of ERFPD will visit your home, at a time convenient for you, and carry out an inspection of the inside and/or the outside of your home. These free visits focus on identification and awareness of the potential fire risks specific to your home, as well as what you can do to reduce or prevent the occurrence of a fire or other emergency situation. You will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the process, so that the ERFPD personnel can help you identify ways to improve your home’s safety.
 
Once the assessment is complete, you will be provided with a summary report highlighting recommendations. To schedule a personalized Home Fire Risk Assessment, contact Tracy LeClair, Community Risk Manager, at (970) 736-3103 ortleclair@eagleriverfire.org.

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