Wildfires

Wildfire Planning

Wildfire Hazards
People living closer to wildlife regions and recreational facilities in wastelands or rough country areas are usually at a higher threat of wildfires. They usually occur during dry weather conditions. The US is particular having a very high rate of wildfires occurring every year. However, natural causes of wildfires are not the only causes – there are a number of other reasons that could lead to them (for example, false causes due to negligence).

In order to protect oneself from wildfires, one should be able to plan in advance and know how to protect their properties or belongings. There are a number of precautions you can take to reduce the risk of losing your belongings to a fire. After all, protecting your family, home and belongings is you responsibility. To protect your home or property, the first thing you need to consider is its fire resistance, followed by its topography and the sort of plantation or vegetation around it. After that, the obvious thing is to consider ways of moving off your belongings to a safer place.

Prior Precautions To Be Taken
The moment you spot a wildfire anywhere, call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t just assume that others would’ve made a call already. Be sure to describe the location accurately when you call. Be slow and speak loud and clear, try not be panicked. Carefully answer all questions the dispatcher will ask you.

Precautions To Take Before The Fire Gets Close To YouWear warm and protective clothes.
1) Evacuate as soon as possible.
2) Get rid of all combustible items to avoid worse damage.
3) Seal off or close all openings, such as attic openings, basements and vents etc.
4) Open up dampers and close all internal doors.
5) Shut off fuel or gas supplies.
6) Remove all flammable curtains and drapes.
7) Get some water connections ready, like water hoses, or gather water in tubs and large containers.
8) Park your car in a safe place, with windows all wound up.
9) Keep your valuable items in a safe place. Move to them to another location if need be.

Before Evacuating
1) Turn on the lights both indoors and outdoors, so as to keep the house visible even through heavy smoke.
2) Shut all doors, but don’t lock them up, as firefighters may need to access your home quickly.

What To Do Afterwards
1) After a wildfire, the first thing you should do is check the roof of your home immediately. Check for hidden sparks or burning going on anywhere.
2) Put out any on-going fire. This is when the water you gathered earlier will come in handy. If you are unable to handle it, get help.
3) Keep a watch for several hours to see whether there are anymore sparks or smoke throughout the house.

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