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Wildfire Safety

Jul 22, 2021 By Amanda McLaren

A wildfire can spread quickly across forests and fields, giving you little time to evacuate to safety. Drought, dry conditions, and the careless use of fire all contribute to increased risk of wildfire. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice – use the web to track current fires and find open shelters. 

 

Get the facts about wildfires and learn what to do to keep you and your loved ones safe:

 

Before a wildfire threatens your area:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from around and within 10 feet of the house.
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Remove flammable materials within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity.
  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Inspect shingles or roof tiles.
  • Replace or repair those that are loose or missing. 

Creating an emergency plan

  • Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. 
  • Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification.
  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
  • Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.

During the time a wildfire is in your area

  • Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department.
  • Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.
  • Place your emergency supply kit and other valuables in your vehicle.
  • Close and protect your home’s openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.
  • Connect garden hoses and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water.
  • Leave as early as possible, before you’re told to evacuate.
  • Do not linger once evacuation orders have been given. 

After a wildfire has been contained

  • Continue to listen to news updates for information about the fire.
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Wildfire-safety-tips

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/wildfire.html

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