Wildfire Safety Tips to Protect Your Family & Home
Learn how to stay safe from potential fires.
Fire plays a key role in renewing ecosystems, but there’s nothing natural about the increasing number of wildfires each year. When a wildfire moves across the landscape, prevention is key to saving lives and property. Play it safe with these tips:
When building or remodeling your home, use fire-resistant materials. Outfit chimneys and stovepipes with spark arresters. Mark your house with fire-resistant signs and address numbers.
Regularly clean debris from all roofs and gutters. Keep firewood, wood fences and other flammables away from structures.
Landscape for Safety
Create a firebreak around your home with fire-safe plants and fire-resistant landscaping. Learn more about safer landscaping.
Keep Fire Tools Handy
If you can do so safely, battling a small blaze may be an option. Be prepared with a ladder tall enough to reach the roof, a long hose, and a shovel, rake and buckets.
Heed Evacuation Orders
If time permits, before leaving, wet the roof and any shrubs within 15 feet of your house. Create an emergency kit with important items and store it in a safe and easy-to-reach place. Supplies for your kit should include:
- A three- to seven-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
- Nonperishable food or cooking tools, manual can opener, portable cookstove and fuel
- A change of clothing, seasonal gear and sturdy shoes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A first-aid handbook and kit, including prescription medicines
- Emergency tools, including a NOAA weather radio with battery backup (these broadcast weather and emergency information from the nearest National Weather Service office), and a portable radio (ideally hand-cranked and/or solar), a flashlight, extra batteries and lightbulbs, a fire extinguisher, and a highway map of your county/parish
- An extra set of keys, cash and a credit card
- Important documents — stored in a waterproof container — including insurance documents, medical records, bank account numbers and Social Security cards