Being Prepared for Wildfires

Posted by Elijah on 8/24/2018 to Safety Tips
Being Prepared for Wildfires

Wildfires are burning brighter than Alicia Keys singing for The Hunger Games.

It's terrible that people are losing their lives every day trying to survive and escape the infernos. In California, wildfires are popping up...well, like wildfires. 41 counties have reported a wildfire dating back to mid-February of this year. Everyone has an opinion on who or what is to blame for the blazes but that doesn't help fix the ultimate problem of improving the safety of victims of these tragic events. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable and continue to pose significant public health problems. CPR Savers wants to share the survival tips and tricks that the public should be hearing more about.

While the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique may be effective once you have been engulfed in flames, wouldn't it be a better idea to avoid ever catching on fire in the first place? Also, since we're living in the 21st Century, you should be probably be informed that the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique isn't the best way to learn fire safety. Fire Department Community Education Officer Lori Wirth told that the problem with teaching this concept to children is when asked the question, "What do you do when your house is on fire?" children too often respond "stop, drop, and roll."

This is a textbook example of why it is more important to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to fire safety. The mental image of children putting the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique to use during this terrible fire season is enough to make me want to run around passing out Tundra Fire Extinguishers to every elementary school!

But of course, fire safety isn't as simple as carrying around a fire extinguisher every day. So here are some other tips from the experts at the CDC on fire safety:

  • Check fire alarms monthly to ensure they are operational and replace the batteries at least every 6 months.
  • Make sure to keep space heaters away from flammable objects
  • Monitor electrical cords to ensure they are not exposed or compromising
  • Make sure every member of the family knows all the emergency exit routes
  • Review fire drills periodically to ensure that in the time of action, everyone already knows the best course of action.

Between the travel size fire extinguisher and the 2 Person Emergency Preparedness Wildfire Backpack that you should already own, you've got all the tools at your disposal to be almost hero-like for your community in the event of a wildfire. The most important thing to do in any crisis is to remain level-headed, which is easier to do when you're already prepared. If you are stacked up on your wildfire equipment, be sure to pass on the knowledge with others. If we can unite to put out the inferno of Disco, we can do the same against these wildfires.

Photo by Lenny Acompanado on Unsplash

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