In Case of Wildfires

Posted by Sam on 9/18/2020 to Safety Tips
In Case of Wildfires

A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area. They are often caused by lightning storms or humans and can happen anywhere, and at any time. A wildfire is fueled by dead underbrush that is dry from long periods without rain.

Ever since July 24th 2020 the west coast has been on fire. With the dry summer heat taking the moisture out of an already dry country, the dead and dry forage was only kindling for the massive fires that have laid waste to nearly 3,829,494 acres of land. As of September 18th 2020 only 3 of these massive fires have been contained.

Fighting wildfires costs the federal government billions of dollars every year, consuming structures, homes, wildlife, and even the lives of people unfortunate enough to be caught in its path. Fires move quickly and spread in multiple directions which can cause them to become unmanageable very quickly. The way in which you prepare and react to a fire can often be a matter of life or death within a matter of moments. Be prepared by having an emergency plan and kit to be ready to grab on the go for each member of the household.

Emergency Kit Contents:

  • Extra clothes and Blankets
  • Fire Blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Eyedrops
  • Cold packs
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Radio
  • Non-perishable food
  • Wipes
  • Flashlights
  • Flares
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Burn cream
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool
  • Protection face mask
  • What To Do Before A Wildfire Happens:

  • Integrate defensible spaces into your landscaping
  • Keep your yard hydrated
  • Remove any dried out leaves or debris
  • Have an emergency plan/exit
  • Learn fire safety tips
  • Practice drills with anyone in the household
  • Have a couple of days supply of non-perishable foods and water
  • During A Wildfire:

  • Stay with your family
  • Shut off any gas related commodities
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Listen to local radio stations and local officials
  • Have your emergency backpacks in your vehicle
  • Evacuate as soon as possible

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