Being Prepared For a Wildfire

Posted by Monique on 1/17/2020 to Safety Tips
Being Prepared For a Wildfire

"A wildfire is a large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush." There have been over 67,000 wildfires in the last ten years in just the United States alone. With more people making their homes in rural areas, (which are surrounded by nothing but woodland) it is important to be prepared. There are wildfires constantly happening all over the world; as currently there is one in Australia. Even though it is across the world, no matter where you are located everyone is at risk for a wildfire to happen. Be prepared by having an emergency plan and kit to be ready to grab on the go for each member of the household.

Emergency Kit Contents:
  • Extra clothes and Blankets
  • Fire Blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Eyedrops
  • Cold packs
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Radio
  • Non-perishable food
  • Wipes
  • Flashlights
  • Flares
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Burn cream
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool
  • Protection face mask

What To Do Before A Wildfire Happens:
  • Keep your yard hydrated
  • Remove any dried out leaves or debris
  • Have an emergency plan/exit
  • Learn fire safety tips
  • Practice drills with anyone in the household
  • Have a couple of days supply of non-perishable foods and water

During A Wildfire:
  • Stay with your family
  • Shut off any gas related commodities
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Listen to local radio stations and local officials
  • Have your emergency backpacks in your vehicle
  • Evacuate as soon as possible

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