California is no stranger to wildfires. With a recent increase in wildfire incidents, California residents should always stay prepared. To stay safe, it’s crucial to know what to do in case of a wildfire in your area. Read this article to help you better prepare and respond to California wildfire.
Protect Your Home from a California Wildfire
Use Class A roofing material if you live in a wildfire-prone area. Metal, asphalt shingles, and concrete tiles can withstand severe fire exposure. Clear your deck and roof because small flames and burning embers can ignite a fire in your home. Seal your home openings and vents to prevent airborne embers from entering your home. Also, create a 30 feet defensible space or a buffer between your home and the trees or shrubs to prevent your home from catching fire.
Consider installing external sprinkler systems with a water tank and make sure the garden hose can reach all areas of your home. If possible, switch to multi-pane windows and install fireproof shutters. Most importantly, ensure street signs are highly visible to help firefighters quickly find your property.
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit
Put together a wildfire emergency kit and keep it accessible in case there is a need to evacuate. Keep it light so you can easily lift it into your vehicle.
Wildfire supply kit checklist:
- Map with two evacuation routes
- Coverings or face masks
- Food and water
- First aid kit
- Important documents
- Sanitation supply
- Batteries and radio
Make a Wildfire Action Plan
Know the different escape routes and make sure everyone in your household is aware of them. If you have pets and other animals, prepare an evacuation plan for them.
Buy fire extinguishers and know how to use them. Also, make sure to check for their expiration dates. Have a list of emergency contact numbers including an out-of-area relative or friend as your primary point of contact.
Prepare Your Family
If you have children, make sure they know how to quickly respond in case of fire. Prepare them ahead of time — teach them how to respond when they hear a smoke alarm and there might not be an adult around. Help them how to get to your meeting place outside your property.
Opt-in to Emergency Text Alerts for in case of a CA wildfire
If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can set up to receive emergency text alert messages by navigating to the Settings on your phone. Scroll to Notifications and make sure that Government Alerts are turned on. Another way to receive alerts is by signing up for community alerts in your area. You can also download the FEMA app to receive real-time wildfire alerts in your area.
Climate change brings higher temperatures, making it easy for fires to ignite and spread. Stay safe and protect your property with the helpful wildfire preparedness tips provided above. Let us know if you have more questions!