Wildfires can spread with astonishing speed, quickly engulfing brush and trees and threatening lives and property. To ensure your safety and the safety of your family and property, be sure to follow these pointers.
People (and Pets)
- Make sure that everyone in your family understands how to safely evacuate or to get to a safe place within your home. Consider having at least one member of the family learn basic first aid training. Have a household safety kit.
- Know your pets' favorite hiding places so you can find them in a hurry. Keep in mind that many shelters do not take pets, so have a contingency plan for where they can stay.
- Make sure your address number is at least four inches tall against a contrasting background and that it is visible for at least 150 feet in all directions.
- Remove flammable vegetation from a 15-foot area around your home and chimney, prune tree branches to 10 feet above the ground, and regularly mow your lawn and remove debris.
- Install smoke alarms in every room, and test them monthly. Install a fully charged fire extinguisher on each floor of the house.
- Keep a garden hose that is long enough to reach all areas of the house, and keep a ladder nearby that is tall enough to reach your roof in order to wet the structure to prevent flying embers from igniting and to check for hot spots.
Make copies of all important documents (passport, driver's license, birth certificate, financial documentation, auto registration, property deeds, will, etc.) and keep copies with your out-of-area contact.