Fires in Portugal
It can be alarming and saddening to witness the Fires in Portugal.
Most people who have a full time home or holiday home here worry about the Fires in Portugal and the effect that the Fires in Portugal will have on the value od their property and their ability to insure a hone against the Fires in Portugal.
Its a fact we have Fires in Portugal every year. Normally during the hottest period of the year July – August and September.
Usually people are not killed and few properties are actually destroyed by the Fires in Portugal. Occasionally like in 2017 things are bad and many people are killed.
So what can you do to protect your own life and that of your family and pets from the devestating fires in Portugal.
1, Don’t buy a house in a highly forested area.
2, Don’t live in a wooden or timber house
3, Old houses with their very dry timber roofs are often set alight by brush fires nearby concrete roofs are safer.
4, Clear the land of weeds, grass and shrubs around the perimeter of your land. Make a 4 meter wide clear band.
5, Make sure that your neighbors’ are obeying the law by cleaning their land along your perimeter. If you are not you can ask them to carry out the work promptly or ask the Camara to enforce the law and contact the owners.
6, Make sure that your neighbors’ are obeying the law by clearing the trees on their land along your perimeter if they are too close to your home. If you are not you can ask them to carry out the work promptly or ask the Camara to enforce the law and contact the owners.
7, Make plans to have a water spraying system or enough large bore hoses to reach all around your property. Preferably at the perimeter so that you can wet down large areas before the fires reach you. You will need a motorized pump and a water source like a swimming pool or well.
8, You cannot rely upon the public water supply having any water that you can use or for the electricity to work as over land wire become rapidly burnt out in a Portuguese fire.
9, If you are not living permanently in the property you must have the land cleared regularly and have a neighbor who will react to save your property in the event of a Portuguese fire.
10, Planning aids prevention. Just hopping for the best will cost you dear in the long-run.