Wildfire Safety

Wildfire Safety

This year, we’ve seen the United States and Canada raging with wildfires and only worsening during the course of the summer. The haze has begun to sweep down into other areas and effect air quality on drastic levels. With such a high danger for wildfires, it’s imperative that everyone knows how to prepare themselves for what to do if you find yourself in the path of a wildfire.

To spread the word about wildfire safety, we’ve created this list of safety tips to help you prepare, and what to do, during a wildfire.

Prepare for a Wildfire:

1. Build an emergency kit and a communication plan, it might also help to prepare supplies if you need to evacuate

2. Remove leaves, branches, trash, and any other flammable materials away from your home. Also, regularly clean your gutters from any debris

3. Plan an escape route out of your neighborhood.

4. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and keep a fire extinguisher (we recommend STOP-FYRE) in an accessible location

During a Wildfire

IF YOU ARE ORDERED TO EVACUATE: do so immediately. Take your emergency supplies, lock your home, and follow your emergency route away from the fire. Do not search for valuables or waste time. Things are replaceable and you are not.

Make sure to tell someone when you left, and where you are going.

IF YOU HAVE TIME TO PREPARE YOUR HOME: it is recommended you take the following actions, however it is wise to leave before you are ordered to.

1. Keep up with the latest news and updates to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. It might help to prearrange temporary housing

2. Place any valuables and pets in a vehicle ready if evacuation is ordered

3. Close all windows, doors, and vents in your home

4. Fill anything you can with water, such as pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, and bathtubs to slow or discourage fire

5. Shut off any gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies at the source

6. Move flammable furniture to the center of the home, away from doors and windows  and leave a light on in each room to make the house visible in heavy smoke

After a Wildfire

1.  Don’t enter your home until fire officials say it is safe to do so

2.  Watch out for down or damaged power lines

3. Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup. Wet debris and ashes to minimize breathing in dust and embers

4. Inspect the roof to make sure there are not sparks or embers

5. Take precautions when cleaning a redoing debris, there may be potential health hazards

6. Have any heating system checked before using

7. Contact family or friends to let them know you are safe

We hope that these tips have helped you plan for what to do if your area might be in danger of a wildfire. Your safety is the most important thing, and it’s important to know how to protect yourself, your family, and your home.


Resources:

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/wildfire-safety-tips/

http://www.ready.gov/wildfires

http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness.aspx

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/emergency-preparedness/natural-disasters/wildfires