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Lightning ignites a dry hillside.  A tossed cigarette sparks a roadside fire.  Kids playing with matches light up a neighborhood.
 
We live in an area that sees many wildfires each year.  Dry brush and strong winds can turn a small fire into a serious threat in no time.  There are ways to prepare now and make your home more fire safe.
 
 

Before Wildfire Threatens:

  • Create a 30-to 100-foot safety zone around your home.
  • Clear all flammable vegetation.  Rake leaves and twigs.  Clear dead tree limbs.
  • Remove tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground.
  • Mow grass regularly.
  • Have a garden hose long enough to reach any area of the home.
  • Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue.
 
When Wildfire Threatens:
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for updates.
  • Back your car into the garage, or in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • If asked to evacuate, lock your home and tell someone where you’re going.
  • If you have time, close windows, vents and doors and shut off all utilities.
 
Click Here for more information on preparing for a wildfire.
 
 
 
Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home?  Would your child? 
In a fire, every second counts.  Take the time now to plan and prepare.
 
Practice escaping from every room in the house.  Hold regular home fire drills.  Have two ways to get out of every room in the house.  Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed.
 
Immediately leave the home if a fire starts.  Don't waste time saving property.  If there's smoke, crawl low, under the smoke and keep your mouth covered.
 
Never open doors that are hot to the touch.  Use the back of your hand to feel a closed door.  If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route.
 
Pick a meeting place outside and take attendance.  Designate one person to go to a neighbor's and call 9-1-1.
 
Once out, stay out.  Never go back into a burning building for any reason.  If someone is missing, tell firefighters.  They are trained and equipped to perform safe rescues.
 
   
 
 
Fire Safety for Kids
 
Learning about fire safety can be fun!  Teach your kids an important lesson using these fun and interactive websites:
 

 
 
More Information
 
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