Defending your own home

  Regarding your fire article (HCN, 5/26/03: A losing battle): To ask taxpayers to compensate homeowners for losses incurred from living in fire-prone areas is irresponsible, and to ask firefighters to put their lives on the line to defend these homes is just plain wrong. I live in Seattle, an earthquake-prone area. To protect ourselves from earthquake-related losses, we take steps to earthquake-proof our homes (such as bolting our home onto its foundation), and we purchase earthquake insurance. In other words, we take responsibility for preventing losses from potential disasters. It is inconceivable to me that homeowners who choose to live in fire-prone forests do not take responsibility for protecting themselves from fire.

Christine Avery
Seattle, Washington
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