The key to surviving and protecting your home is being prepared
You don’t have to live near a canyon or forest for your property to be threatened by wildfire. Nearly one third of U.S. homes are in wildfire-prone areas, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. California is behind Texas as the most wildfire-prone states. The key to surviving a wildfire and protecting your home is being prepared.
PREPARE IN ADVANCED FOR A FIRE
Place fire extinguishers throughout your home.
Create an emergency evacuation plan, including an established meeting place, and practice the plan.
Consider where you will be evacuating family members, pets and/or livestock.
Identify resources in your neighborhood you can call to help you if you are at work or on vacation.
Document the contents of your home for insurance with photos stored in a different location.
Teach family members how to survive catching on fire — stop, drop and roll.
If fire is approaching and it’s safe to do so, prepare your home
Relocate flammable furniture or materials away from your home.
Close shutters, blinds and heavy drapes.
Close fireplace dampers and screens.
Shut all interior and exterior doors, and leave them unlocked.
Put a note on the front door with names of all evacuees, time and date of evacuation, the intended destination and contact information.
Place a ladder outside for access to the roof.
If possible, leave a running sprinkler on the roof of your home.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY DISASTER KIT
First aid supplies/emergency tools.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Car keys/cash and credit cards.
Water and non-perishable food.
Blankets or sleeping bags.
KNOW THE 5 P’S OF IMMEDIATE EVACUATION
People and pets.
Papers and important documents.
Pictures and irreplaceable memories.
ROW FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Is the extinguisher full? If it’s been used, it must be refilled immediately.
When welding or performing hot work, ensure you have a fire watch and an extinguisher.
Trucks have catalytic converters. Don’t drive off the ROW into high grass or weeds that may ignite from contact.
Only attempt to fight fires that are still in the beginning stages.