By leaving early, you will give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire. You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move in and out of your neighborhood, and thereby doing their job - saving the lives and property of people affected by the threat of fire.
- Keep a pair of old shoes and a flashlight handy for a night evacuation.
- Keep the six “P’s” ready, in case an immediate evacuation is required:
- People and pets
- Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
- Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
- Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
- Personal computers (information on hard drive and disks)
- “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash
- Back your car in the garage heading out with windows closed. Be sure to keep your keys with you so that you can evacuate quickly should it become necessary.
- Close the garage door, leave it unlocked, and disconnect automatic door opener in the case of power failure.
- Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you at all times and stay tuned to your local news station.
- Move combustible yard furniture away from the house or store it in the garage.
- Cover windows, attic openings, eaves, and vents with less combustible material, such as 1/2-inch or thicker plywood.
- Close window shutters and blinds if they are fire-resistant.
- Attach garden hoses to faucets and place them so that they can reach all areas of your house.
- Place a ladder against the house on the opposite side of the approaching fire for access to the roof.
- Shut off Butane/propane or natural gas valves.
- Close all windows and doors around your home to prevent sparks from blowing inside.
- Close all doors within the house to slow fire spread inside the house.
- Turn on the lights in all rooms of your house, on the porch, and in the yard. Your home will be more visible through the smoke or darkness.
- Move furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors to avoid ignition from the radiant heat of the fire.
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