Hazard Reduction Standards
Kensington is in a "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone." Fire District
Ordinance and State Law requires all home and property owners and
renter to remove flammable vegetation around their residences. Protecting
your home and community from the devastating effects of wildfire
is the property owner's responsibility.
The Kensington Fire Protection District is requesting voluntary
compliance and citizen involvement in the reduction of fire hazards
for our community. Fire department personnel will check for compliance
with these standards in May or June. For the past several years,
voluntary compliance by the community has been outstanding and we
look forward to your cooperation once again.
The following vegetation management standards must be met by all
property owners in Kensington in order to maintain the community's
fire safety. These standards are designed to reduce the threat of
wildfire spreading between vegetation and structures, and from one
property to another.
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||Maintain a 30-foot firebreak from structure
or to property line. Only well-tended, properly irrigated ornamental
vegetation is allowed. Remove all dead, diseased or otherwise
||Trim trees 10 feet from the ground and
remove dead and dying branches, loose and papery bark and fallen
branches which may "ladder" fire into the canopy.
||Cut trees back 10 feet from chimney
||Install a spark arrester on chimney.
||Keep roof and decks free of leaves,
needles or other dead vegetation.
||Build or re-roof your home with a minimum
Class B fire resistive roofing materials.
||For areas of your property extending
30 to 100 feet from your house, reduce height of flammable vegetation
(dry grass and weeds to 6 inches or less; and brush to 18 inches
or less from the ground).
||Fire resistive plants and shrubs are
||Place address numbers where they can
be seen easily from the street to ensure quick emergency response.
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If Your House Catches on Fire Tonight, Will You Wake Up In
Smoke detectors have saved many lives and may save yours. More than
50 percent of fatal residential fires take place at night when people
are sleeping. If a fire starts while your family is asleep, smoke
detectors will wake you up. They can make the difference between life
and death in a fire emergency.
Position smoke detectors on the ceiling just outside each bedroom.
If you have a multi-level home, install a detector on every level.
If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, or are hard of hearing,
place an additional detector inside your bedroom.
Test detectors monthly and change batteries twice a year. Daylight
savings time is a perfect time to change your batteries. Change your
clock-change your batteries! If you follow this routine, you will
be certain to have a working smoke detector if there is a fire in
your home. To ensure reliability, detectors should be replaced every
The Kensington-El Cerrito Fire Department has a smoke detector program that provides
and installs smoke detectors for persons who cannot provide or install
them for themselves. If you or someone you know does not have a smoke
detector, and cannot supply or install one, please contact the fire
department at 215-4450.
If your house does catch on fire, get everyone out and stay out! Practice
escaping with your family. Know two ways out of every room, and have
a meeting place outside where everyone will meet in the event that
you are separated.