Steps To Take Under Threat Of A Wildfire

Even when fire destruction is caused by an act of nature, like a lightning strike, your fire insurance most likely covers the damage. If you have home insurance, fire is the first category of damage covered. In the case of a wildfire, we have some tips to avoid fire damage from happening to your home.

  • If there is threat of a wildfire, warnings will be issued. Listen to your local radio or TV news program for the latest information.
  • Evacuate immediately, if you are told to do so. Take your disaster supplies kit with you and begin to implement the disaster preparedness plan you have already developed.
  • Back your car into the garage or park in an open space, facing the direction of the escape route.
  • Shut the car doors and roll up the windows.
  • If possible, confine your pets to one room so they'll be easier to find in case you have to evacuate.
  • Secure the inside of your home. Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and drapes. Open fireplace dampers and close screens.
  • Move flammable furniture away from windows to the center of the room.
  • Turn a light on in each room to increase the visibility of your home in heavy smoke.
  • Secure the outside of the house: seal attic and ground vents with plywood; turn off propane tanks; put patio furniture inside; connect garden hoses to taps; set up a portable generator; water the shrubs close to the house.

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