19 Jul Wildfire Safety Checklist
Wildfire season in Oregon is in full swing. This last week of warm weather has dried out much of the vegetation that is on the ground. Dried vegetation makes for hot fast burning wildfires. Here’s a short Wildfire Checklist You Can Use:
What Should I Do To Prepare Ahead Of Time?
1. Learn about wildfire risks in your area.
2. Post emergency phone numbers by every phone, make sure every family member has the same emergency phone numbers listed in their contacts in their cell phones.
3. Make sure drive entrances and your house number or address are clearly marked and visible.
4. Have defensible space around your home. Keep trees trimmed, your lawn watered. Maintain adequate water sources outside your home, like a pond, swimming pool, cistern or well.
5. Set aside and make household items like a rake, shovel, as, hand saw, chain saw, and a bucket, that can be used to fight fire accessible. You may have to put out small fires before emergency personnel get there.
6. Select building materials and plants that resist fire.
7. Select a place where family members can meet outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot get home or need to evacuate.
8. Make plans to move your pets and animals to a location away from the fire if you have to evacuate your home.
9. Check your insurance policy, make sure the items you want to insured are listed and specify the correct amounts. If you are not sure call your insurance agent and get a listing of all your out buildings and home and how much insurance you carry on each building.
10. Have your important papers, pictures, and documents stores where you can get to them in a hurry and take them with you. These days you can scan and that information to your computer and back it up to the cloud.
What Should I Do If There Are Reports of Wildfire In My Area?
1. Be ready to leave in a moments notice.
2. Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
3. Know at least two different routes out of your neighborhood.
4. Know where your animals are. Plan how you are going to evacuate your pets as well as your family.
5. Have access to your important papers and photos backed up online and pack the originals in a file box in your car.
6. Park your car facing the road. You want to drive straight out if you need to leave in a hurry.
7. Watch for air quality reports. Smoke kills more people than fire.
8. Keep your windows and doors closed. Keep the air conditioning in your home or car set on recycle or re-circulate mode.
9. Pay attention to emergency personnel, if they ask you to evacuate do not argue. Follow other instructions like leaving your sprinklers on etc.
10. Call family members and let them know you are safe after you have been evacuated.
Be prepared and be safe during this fire season.
Like I have said before you can replace things, but you can not replace people or pets.