If you live on
a remote hillside or in a valley, prairie, or forest
where flammable vegetation is abundant, your residence
could be vulnerable to wildfires. These fires are usually
triggered by lightning or accidents and can spread quickly,
igniting brush, trees and homes.
If wildfire threatens you home and time
permits, take the following precautions:
- Shut off gas at the meter. Only your
gas company personnel can safely turn the gas back
- Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut
plywood or other commercials seals.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Place combustible patio furniture inside.
- Connect garden hose to outside hose
bibs. If you have a composite or wood shake roof,
place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground
fuel (e.g., propane, diesel) tanks.
- Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet
of your residence.
- Gather fire tools such as a rake, axe,
handsaw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel.
- Back your car into the garage or park
it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
Shut doors and roll up windows. Leave the key in the
ignition and the car doors unlocked. Disconnect automatic
garage door openers.
- Open fireplace damper and close fireplace
- Close windows, vents, doors, blinds
or noncombustible window coverings, and heavy drapes.
Remove flammable drapes or curtains.
- Move flammable furniture into center
of the home away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Close all interior doors.
- Place valuables that will not be damaged
by water in a pool or pond.
advised to evacuate, do so immediately with your survival
kit(s). Choose a route away from the fire hazard or
follow emergency responder directions. Watch for changes
in speed and direction of the fire and smoke.