How to Stay Safe in a Wildfire

With hot, dry weather fast approaching, it is important to keep fire safety in mind. Southern California is prone to wildfires, and knowing how to protect you and your property can help save you thousands of dollars and lots of potential heartache. Following these fire safety tips can help keep your home and family safe in the event of a wildfire.

To prevent wildfires:

  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Douse the ashes with water and stir them until they are cold before leaving a campsite going to bed.
  • Call 911 if you spot any fire that seems to be out of control.
  • Do not throw out cigarettes, matches, or any smoking materials from a vehicle.

If you need to evacuate:

  • Evacuate immediately if advised by authorities.
  • Know your evacuation route and make sure to have an evacuation checklist and emergency supplies ready.
  • Wear protective footwear and clothing to help protect yourself from and flying ashes.

Before you leave:

  • Remove any combustible materials from your yard, including firewood, fuel, and grills before leaving.
  • Shut off all gas supplies, such as natural gas or propane.
  • Slow fires by filling any large vessels with water, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, or garbage cans.

If you are caught in a wildfire:

  • Do not try and outrun the blaze. If near any water, such as a pond, crouch down in the water.
  • If there is no water around, find a clear area that is void of any vegetation and stay as low as possible. Cover your body with wet clothing or soil.
  • Try to avoid breathing in smoke. Breathe the air closest to the ground and breathe through a moist cloth if possible.

When it comes to insuring your home in case of a fire, make sure to contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency to get the best policy for all your needs.

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