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Staying Safe When a Wildfire Is Near

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Wild fire in the woods A wildfire is a fire that is unplanned and that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie.

A wildfire is a fire that is unplanned and that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Fire in these types of unclosed space can often get out of hand and become disastrous. Even while it is under control, the smoke and fumes can pose a severe threat.

When such is the scenario, few guidelines would be of immense help.

  1. Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so.
  2. Call 911 if you are trapped and give your location. Understand that emergency response may be delayed or impossible. 
  3. Listen to local alert systems for emergency information and instructions for your area.
  4. Use N95 masks if available to keep from breathing harmful particles.
  5. If you are not ordered to evacuate, but conditions worsen, stay inside in a safe location.

However, safety should start before a wildfire occurs.

  1. Sign up for emergency alerts broadcasted by the authorities such as Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
  2. Get familiar with the evacuation routes and shelter locations in your community.
  3. Have emergency supplies such as N95 respirator masks. Emergency supplies should take into consideration specific needs – physical, medical, and age-related needs.
  4. Select a room. Use a portable air cleaner to keep pollution levels down. Ensure the room can be sealed off – doors, windows, and door cracks. It is also helpful to keep home surroundings free of leaves, debris, or flammable materials.
  5. Keep essential documents in a fireproof, safe place. Have a password-protected digital backup as well.

After the fire, follow these steps:

  1. Return home if authorities say it is safe to do so. The same goes for drinking water.
  2. Stay alert to hot embers, flooding due to the changing landscape and other information issued by authorities.
  3. Use fire-resistant materials to rebuild, renovate, or make repairs. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael can help. 

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