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WHAT TO DO BEFORE A FIRE

WHAT TO DO BEFORE A FIRE

Assess your property to determine its fire risk. Tall trees, wild grass, shrubs & any other combustible materials can all contribute to spreading a fire.

 

During drought or extended lengths of dry weather, this vegetation can become perfect fuel for a fire driven by strong winds. Some simple planning will greatly reduce the threat to your home.

Make space around your home for firefighting equipment BY clearing trees & bushes at least 30 feet out

When planting trees, space them well apart to minimize the hopping of fire from one to the next

Clear out brush between your grass & trees to make it difficult for a grass fire to spread up into the trees. Also, prune branches so the lowest is 7' from the ground

Keep your yard healthy, cut & watered. It is a natural firebreak

Clean up dead leaves & twigs from yard, roof & gutters

Store firewood & any other combustible materials at least 30 feet away from your house

Have enough garden hose to water down your house & other structures

Cover outside vents with 1/8 inch wire mesh to prevent sparks from coming in

Use fire-resistant or non-combustible materials in construction whenever you can


Fill your car with gas

Check that your family emergency kit is ready

Listen to radio or TV for evacuation information & directions to take

Gather small family heirlooms & treasures and pack them in your car

Thoroughly water down all shrubs & grass 15 feet around your house

Remove burnable materials for 15 feet around the outside of your house, including brush & small trees

Place sprinklers on your roof, closer to the upwind side because that is where the fire approaches from & the wind will blow the water onto your house

Move furniture as far from windows & doors as possible, to center of the house

Close all windows, doors, vents & shutters

Close fireplace damper & use metal ducting tape on dryer vent & other external openings to stop small sparks

WHAT TO DO DURING A FIRE

WHAT TO DO DURING A FIRE

 

As a fire progresses, wind & weather may cause it to change course, sometimes very suddenly. When a fire threat is happening, keep your plans flexible & be ready to evacuate immediately.

 

Follow these suggestions as the fire gets closer & closer until it is time to evacuate.


WHAT TO DO WHEN IT'S TIME TO EVACUATE

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT'S TIME TO EVACUATE

Shut off main gas line

Turn on the roof sprinklers

Call your family contact & let them know you are leaving

Lock your doors

Call your family contact when you arrive at a safe location


Do not return until authorities say it is safe

Drive carefully, being watchful of fallen trees & power lines, hot spots & damaged roads

Check the roof, attic, basement & every room & closet of every floor for hidden smoke, sparks, or embers that may have been blown inside

Call the gas company to have your line turned back on

Discard food, medicine & other items contaminated by smoke

Get your water system & heating system checked by a professional

If you are fortunate to have little or no damage, see if neighbors need your help

WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE

WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE

If you evacuated, returning to your neighborhood may be terribly traumatic. There is a good chance your entire house will be gone & in that case, be thankful your family made the right choice & is safe.

 

Whether your house is standing or not, you will need to contact your insurance agent for making any claims.

 

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