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.
- Make an emergency evacuation plan. Know the available routes away from your home.
- Pack a go-bag with important essentials including:
- First aid
- Map (in the event of cell service interruptions or dead batteries)
- Non-perishable food
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.