PLH GROUP SAFETY BLOG
Wildfire Safety and Preparedness
Date: August 12, 2019
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.
- Battery-powered radio.
- 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.
- Personal computers.
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.
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