Sunday 15 May 2022

How to Prepare Your Home for Fire During Wildfire Awareness Month

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How to Prepare Your Home for Fire During Wildfire Awareness Month

Wildfires are a natural occurrence that happen all over the United States and the world. Storms, power line surges, and human-caused fires can also increase the likelihood of wildfires or impact isolated neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, these fires can be unpredictable, but you can be prepared if disaster strikes. You can save you and your loved one’s lives if you have a plan of action if a fire occurs. 

Making sure your home isn’t a magnet for fire in the first place is step number one. Make sure all yard and natural debris like leaves, twigs, and grass clippings are at least 30 feet away from your home.  You will also want to make sure your roof is clear of this similar debris. While these measures may seem like small steps to take, they can prevent a fire from spreading to your front door.

If you live in an area that is commonly threatened by fire, you should have a plan in place to get your home ready. Do you have a pool, pond, lake, or stream near your home? Purchase a hose that can reach any area of your property so you can utilize this water source. It is also important to stay up to date on your community’s action plans if a fire threatens your area. Make sure you have an evacuation route, a battery powered radio to get updates during a power outage, and get alerts from your local authorities.

Evacuations are sometimes necessary to keep the community safe. When you need to get out quickly, there are things you can do to make sure your property and family are safe. Close all your windows and doors in the house to prevent the fire from spreading easily. It is also crucial that you turn off the gas, turn off pilot lights, and move your propane tanks away from the property. If this isn’t done, you can quite literally add fuel to the fire. Grab your loved ones, your pets, and your emergency supplies kit and pack up your car. Follow designated evacuation routes and obey officials as you make your way out of the impacted area.

Sometimes it is easy to think about fire just like a severe storm in your area. You may never know when one is going to hit, but having tools, kits, and plans in place can help you know exactly what to do when minutes are precious.

Fire and smoke damage can impact your home for years even if the damage is not severe. Reach out to our team of fire and smoke restoration professionals to learn more about our services and how we can quickly restore your home to its original glory.