What to do BEFORE A Widlfire:

▪  Create defensible space to separate your home from ammable vegetation and materials (minimum 100ft PRC 4291).

▪  Adhere to all local re and building codes and weed abatement ordinances.

▪  Keep all trees and shrub limbs trimmed so they do not come into contact with electrical wires or overhang your chimney. (Do not trim around live power lines yourself, call a professional).

▪  Prune all lower branches 8 feet from the ground.

▪  Keep trees adjacent to buildings free of dead or dying branches.

▪  Stack rewood away from your home and other buildings. (Keep clearance around your piles).

▪  Keep roof surfaces clear of pine needles, leaves and debris at all times.

▪  Install spark arresters for each chimney (PRC 4291).

▪  Clean chimneys and check and maintain spark arresters twice a year.

▪  Keep rain gutters clear of debris at all times.

▪  Use approved fire resistant materials when building, renovating or retrofitting structures.

▪  Install electrical lines underground if possible.

▪  Be sure your house numbers show clearly from the street, both day and night.

▪  Store combustible or flammable materials in approved containers.

▪  Store all important papers in a watereproof container or keep copies at another location.

▪  Make evacuation plans with family members. Include several options with an outside meeting place and contact person. Practice regularly.

▪  Keep battery operated radios and ashlights with additional fresh batteries on hand.

What to do DURING a Wildfire:

▪  Turn on a battery operated radio to get latest emergency information.

▪  If you have a ladder, prop it against the house so you and re ghters have access to roof.

▪  If hoses and adequate water are available set them up. Fill buckets with water.

▪  Remove combustible materials from the area surrounding your house. (Lawnchairs, tables, etc.)

▪  Turn a light on in each room for visibility in case of smoke.▪  Close all doors and windows, but do not lock them.

▪  Open or take down flammable drape and curtains.

▪  Close all venetian blinds and non- flammable window coverings.

▪  Move upholstered furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.

▪  Be ready to evacuate all family members and pets when requested to do so.

▪  Turn off air conditioning/air circulation systems.

▪  Detach electrical garage doors. Back in your car and leave the keys in the ignition.

 Secure your pets.

What to do AFTER A Wildfire: 

▪  Check with fire officials before attempting to return to your home.

▪  Use caution when re-entering a burned area - are-ups can occur.

▪  Check grounds for hot spots smoldering stumps and vegetation. Use your

buckets of water.

▪  Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks and embers.

▪  Check the attic and throughout the house for hidden burning sparks and embers.

▪  Continue to check for problem areas for several days.

▪  Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.

▪  If burning outside your home was extensive, watch for soil erosion.

▪  Consult local experts on the best way to restore and replant your land with re safe landscaping.

 

 

 

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