Wildfire Safety Tips

Wildfire Safety Tips

While some areas of the U.S. experience more wildfires than others, this type of natural disaster is still important to guard against. The drought on the West Coast also increases the chances of fires in Western woodland areas. Wildfires are often triggered by lightning or smaller, man-made accidents and can spread quickly through brush, trees, and even homes.

You can reduce the risk of wildfire danger to your home by preparing with these tips:

• Remove all dead plants from the area around your home and from the roof & gutters
Remove any dead plants/vegetation from any porch or deck areas
• Move any exposed woodpiles 30ft from your home, unless completely covered in fire-resistant material
• Keep grass under 4 inches In the event of a wildfire in your area, check for evacuation orders
• Ensure your home has a working smoke alarm, such as a Halo or Halo+ device

 

If you have not been ordered to evacuate and are able to prepare your home:

• Close any vents to outside attic, eaves, and basement, as well as windows, doors, and pet doors
• Close shutters, blinds, and/or non-combustible window coverings
• Remove flammable drapes/curtains
• To prevent draft, close all doors inside house
• Open fireplace damper, but close fireplace screen
• Shut off natural gas, propane, and/or fuel oil supplies at the source
• Fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water
• Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowsing these structures as long as possible (but check water use restrictions for areas affected by wildfires)
• Place a ladder against the house
• Disconnect any automatic garage door openers so doors can be opened by hand in event of power outage and close all garage doors
• Move flammable furniture into the center of residence, away from windows and sliding-glass doors
• Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room (this makes house more visible in heavy smoke)

As always, check local updates for information and instructions for your area, in the event of wildfires. You can also use this handy, interactive infographic to go through a home-safety checklist to help protect yourself, your family, and your home. We hope you never need it, but preparation is still important. Stay safe out there!