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Wildfire safety tips

Wildfires can occur at any time, but usually there’s a greater risk during dry conditions. Despite their unpredictable nature, there are things you can do before, during and after a wildfire to keep you and your family safe.

Before

Wildfire Plan

  • Make an emergency evacuation plan. Know the available routes away from your home.
  • Pack a go-bag with important essentials including:
    • First aid
    • Toiletries
    • Map (in the event of cell service interruptions or dead batteries)
    • Non-perishable food
    • Water
    • Important family documents like your insurance, and identification, etc.

Prepare your home

  • Clear brush and landscaping that can ignite away from your home:
    • You can also take action with defensible landscaping. Learn more about the steps to take here
    • Fire resistant landscaping is another step you can take to protect your home. Learn more about that process here.
  • Keep your gutters clean and clear by removing dry pine needles, leaves and other debris regularly.
  • Review your insurance policy and make sure the list of your home’s content is up to date.

During

  • Take all evacuation orders seriously. If an order is issued leave as soon as possible.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, boots, goggles or sunglasses, and a bandana or rag for face cover.
  • Grab your go-bag and any medications you might need.
  • Use extreme caution when driving around areas affected by wildfire. While roads normally act as a natural firebreak, there is no guarantee that the fire will not cross or “jump” the road.

After

Going back home

  • Wait until officials say it’s safe to return home.
  • Remain watchful of potential hotspots in your yard or home. Hot spots may still exist and can flare up without warning.
  • If you still smell smoke, alert authorities and leave the property.

Cleaning up

  • Alert your insurance company and follow their instructions before you begin cleaning up. Once you’re cleared to cleanup:
    • Wear protective gear to prevent dust inhalation.
    • Discard items that were exposed to smoke, or soot.
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