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Be Ember Prepared class May 5

Posted 4/23/2010

Fire safety theme of Coffee with Friends series

By Robert Mills

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) free learning series, Coffee with Friends, will present “Be Ember Prepared,” a Living with Fire class, 6:30-7:30 a.m. May 5 at the UNCE office on 5305 Mill Street.

Natural Recourse Specialist Ed Smith will discuss areas of the house and surrounding landscape that are vulnerable to falling embers. During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your roof and pelt your home like a hailstorm. If these embers become lodged in rain gutter debris or wooden shingles, the results can be devastating.

The Be Ember Prepared class will kick off Wildfire Awareness Week, which promotes awareness of wildfire dangers.

“With this year’s theme, Be Ember Prepared, we are trying get the word out that windblown embers are a major cause of home loss during a wildfire,” Smith said. “We will encourage people to prepare their homes to resist the ember attack.”

Smith said Wildfire Awareness Week—part of the ever-evolving Living with Fire program—has gained national attention, and this year’s events are not to be missed.

“Nevada’s Wildfire Awareness Week is the envy of other states,” Smith said. “The number of collaborators and events has grown steadily each year, and I’m particularly excited for this year’s Wildfire Awareness Week.”

The presentation will be the last Coffee with Friends event of the season. New presentations will not take place until after the growing season.

Students will receive one Master Gardener education credit, one Nursery Worker Training unit and one Certified Landscape Technician point for attending the event.

For further information, call Ashley Vollmar at 784-4848 or email her.

For more information about the Living with Fire program, visit the website.

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