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dual-bulb light fixtures
mushroom walk lights
solid board or metal fencing
fire-resistant plants and trees
concrete phosphoric acid cleaner
water and garden hose
For security, mount dual-bulb exterior lights outside all exterior doors. If one dual bulb burns out, the other will light the entrance.
To prevent falls, light walkways and steps with lamp posts. Or you can use low-voltage mushroom fixtures to light walks.
Mount double, motion- or heat-activated floodlights at corners of eaves.
Install metal or wood fencing to contain and protect children and pets.
Tip: Solid board fencing keeps out animals and gives privacy.
To lower the risk of brush fires, clear underbrush, debris, and leaves at least 30 feet back from house.
Plant fire-resistant trees and plants like oak, ash, live oak, sycamore, privet, holly, rhododendron, boxwood, sage, yarrow, French lavender .
Remove flammable trees and plants like pine, eucalyptus, and fir.
Landscape near house with rocks, sand, and fire-resistant ground cover like sedum, pachysandra, creeping thyme, and wild strawberry.
Power wash walkways yearly to remove slick mold.
Keep concrete walks and driveways in good repair. To patch concrete, chisel out cracks and fill with concrete patch. Level small dips and swags with concrete patch.
Thoroughly clean and roughen concrete surface with phosphoric acid cleaner. Wash with detergent. Soak surface with water until saturated. Mix thin slurry of patching compound and brush onto surface. Before slurry dries, apply concrete patch with trowel.
Smooth and level patched area with grout float.
A convex mirror on a pole at end of driveway lets you see on-coming traffic and pedestrians.
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