Wildfire Safety Tips
Wildfires can happen at anytime anywhere in the world. A strike of lightning could light up dry leaves or grass and start a destructive fire. Or a person can inadvertently leave a fire burning while out camping and accidentally cause a fire. With so many factors at play that could possibly start a wildfire, you need to be prepared to escape the dangers it brings. Here are some of the wildlife safety tips you need to know.
- Understand the risk. Learn about any history of wildfire in your area. Know the risks and the preventive and safety measures in place in your community.
- Keep a fire emergency kit. Put emergency supplies like first aid kit, food, clothes, and other essentials in a bag or container that you can easily pick up and carry with you if you need to evacuate.
- Prepare a wildfire emergency plan. Know your evacuation plan by heart and make sure that everyone at home is aware of the steps you need to take to get to safety.
- Always check your surroundings. Pay attention to areas that may be at risk. Remove anything that might burn easily near your house.
- Follow the news when you hear about a wildland fire in your area. Prepare to evacuate quickly.
- If there is still time, do as much as you can to protect your home. Douse the roof and walls with water using a hose and the area surrounding it.
- Do not delay evacuation by gathering as many personal belongings as you can. Know beforehand what to bring in case of emergency and leave everything behind.
- Wait for authorities’ advice before returning to your home.
- Check the area surrounding your house for anything that may still trigger a fire.