wildfire preparedness: the five aspects of readiness
Then there is a love song, but today it could be the beginning of an action/adventure/horror movie.
Due to low rainfall and high temperatures and winds, the wildfires we are currently fighting across the country have put a heavy burden on our first responders assets.
If these conditions continue, there will certainly be more fires.
The fires affected local civilians, except for the first responders.
Thousands of people were evacuated, and many returned without finding anything but burnt open space.
What are the innovative ways in which civilians protect themselves, property and actually help firefighters?
At home, most of us have smoke detectors.
It\'s good because in a house fire, like in a wildfire, there\'s smoke, there\'s smoke. L. A. M. E.
Huge things like wildfire can affect your entire family.
Simple and subtle steps can make your property more fire resistant.
Time is crucial in an emergency.
Maintain awareness of the threat and be warned in advance.
Some people say you put out fire with fire.
We said you put out fire with water.
Even after all the other steps have been taken, it is better to avoid wildfire.
Families who are prepared and involved are more capable of dealing with any type of disaster than those who wait for the end
So one of the best things you can do for your family is to be prepared for one of the most common and unforgiving enemies; fire. 1.
Take your family to the fire scene.
A safe tour through the house.
Locate dangerous items such as overload power sockets, fire extinguishers, escape passages, etc. 2.
Layoffs are our friends in an emergency.
You should have more than one smoke detector, fire extinguisher and route to escape from the room or house.
Tip: Buy a baby monitor if you sleep heavily.
Put the transmitter near the farthest smoke detector and put the receiver in the bedroom. 3.
Make sure everyone at home knows how to use a fire extinguisher and how to call 911. 4.
Conduct regular fire drills.
Let each family member take turns to be the one who discovers the fire and has to warn others.
At least in other exercises, let everyone evacuate blindly.
Fold over their hands and knees (
Exercise due safety)
Simulate the reality of fire evacuation. 5.
During the wildfire season, relive every family emergency plan with the whole family, and of course, if one is in your area, it may move in your direction.
Landscape while tragedy usually dominates the news broadcast, there are still many stories of how some homeowners can protect their property from wildfire through simple and subtle landscape and family changes.
Take these steps now, because time is critical in a fire. 1.
Your main landscape consideration is to remove any dead, dry vegetation that may transfer fire to your house, whether on the ground or on your tree.
Since others have fully covered this aspect of wildfire preparation, here are some good external sources :-
Tips for general wildfire beautification: http :-
Http:-Florida wildfire landscaping pointer
More information on landscape beautification in wildfire season: http :-Fire-
Resistant plants: http: 2.
Be ready to seal your house before exiting.
Any openings in your home, such as an attic vent (
Roof turbines can be covered with metal trash cans)
, Crawling space openings, etc.
Collect your materials (Such as plywood)
Cutting, painting and labeling (where it goes)
Now, each cover is kept on your property for immediate use.
Put a few hooks on each opening you may cover and drill the corresponding holes on the plywood cover.
When you drill the screws, the hook holds the lid in place.
This allows one person to complete the work and release others to perform other necessary tasks.
Tip: also make a cover for your windows (
Garage door included)
Like you live in the hurricane zone. 3.
Create a fire toolbox that includes everything you need to prepare your house before a wildfire occurs.
Storage of additional garden hose, sprinkler, connector for extra hose, wrench for closing gas, heavy duty roll
Tariff aluminum foil (
To cover the openings you don\'t cover)
The last minute was brushed with machetes and gloves.
Store additional tools because you don\'t have time to replace tools that may be damaged or lost. 4.
Make sure your home address is visible to the first responder.
Put your house number on your mailbox, close to your front door and paint on the side of the road next to the driveway.
The common theme of all our publications and speeches is that our most important asset in an emergency is time (
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Don\'t wait for the wildfire to come and start your landscaping.
Execute now and keep your property as fire-
Flame retardant as much as you can. 2.
Don\'t wait for the smell of smoke to warn you that a fire is coming.
Monitor the news channel and listen to community warnings if the fire is true. 3.
Learn to identify your community warnings.
Do you have a reverse 911 system in your community? Sirens?
Will an alarm be played by a local TV station or radio station?
If your community does not have these systems, why not launch them in your community?
At least, there is a telephone tree. 4.
Purchase the NOAA weather alert stations as they have been incorporated into the entire emergency alert system.
You should also know who your local radio operator is.
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The best protection for your property is that you are able to keep one form or another of moisture around your home. 1.
A publication above lists beneficial plants that maintain moisture.
Regardless of the plant species in your yard, keep them hydrated (
While following the watering regulations). 2.
When setting up the sprinkler, give your yard enough spray coverage, especially in areas that may cause a fire to deteriorate, such as the area above --
Connect to the ground propane tank or wooden deck of your home.
The best sprinkler for the surface area is a professional direction type, not a small garden variety that only spray weak patterns in small areas.
Your garden shop representative can help. 3.
Put the sprinklers on your roof, be sure to fix them in place, as the strong winds generated in some Wildfire storms will blow them off the roof. 4.
If you have one
Ground sprinkler system, great!
It will provide you with water coverage on the ground and a good foundation for the integrated water system you need. To your in-
Ground systems add separate fire lines to supply water to sprinklers that spray directly on your house or out of your yard to cover the vegetation around your property.
Again, install a sprinkler line permanently on your roof to save you time installing the sprinkler manually.
In addition, an additional input valve is installed to allow water from the secondary water source, such as a water pump drawn from the pool. 5.
If you have a pool, a pond, a stream, you have a reservoir that should be well utilized, so you don\'t need to extract water from the municipal firefighters, and you need to prevent fires from approaching your property in the first place.
Keeping gas is a simple thing.
Power Generator (which self-
Families should be dependent)
And a pump (
And use both to get water from your pool and supply it to your sprinkler.
If you have a well with an electric pump, if the local power supply fails, connect the generator to the pump to keep it running.
Be careful when setting up the generator so it doesn\'t catch fire on its own. 6.
The final consideration for the sprinkler is the location.
Cover the periphery of your yard, spray on the exterior and roof of your house, and cover the canopy of your trees if possible.
A sprinkler that points to an elevated position, such as the upper deck, porch, or roof.
Evacuation is highly recommended even if you have taken all of the above steps and feel they may be working.
You \'d better prepare in advance.
Because time is our most precious asset, we are ready and ready to leave in a flash.
The more you prepare in advance, the more time you have. 1.
Now, especially during the fire season, all your landscaping steps should be protected and maintained. 2. In wildfire-
Ready for Your bomb shelter kit and vehicles, especially during the wildfire season (
The tank was topped off).
Tip: For your document, keep the non-
Emergency phone number of the local government so you can call to find out when to return safely. 3. Perform last-
Minutes of landscaping can only be done if time allows, as you will need extra time to perform the home closure steps.
However, do not do anything before you load your car with food, there is nothing to load except people and pets (
In their carriers and/or ready to go). 4.
Do the following in the House :-
Move all flammable materials (
Furniture, curtains, etc)
Stay away from the window and make sure that each window is closed and locked.
Lower and close any metal blinds. -
Open the fireplace door and close the fireplace protection cover. -
Close all interior doors but do not lock them. -
Turn off the heat/air conditioning system and cover any window air-
Air conditioning or floor heater vents with aluminum foil and adhesive tape inside and outside. -
Close all gas entering the house from underground line or above-ground tank. -
Turn on the inside and outside lights so your property can be seen in the smoke.
Firefighters may need to use it as a lighthouse. 5.
In order to protect valuables that are not stored in the evacuation vehicle, please consider the following points :-
For waterproof valuables, place them in a bathtub, storage bucket or trash can filled with water. (
Note that we do not recommend your pool as you should use it to feed your sprinkler. )-
Valuables such as antique furniture.
Should be taken to the center of the house on the lowest floor (
The same place you went in a tornado). -
Major appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers are often not swallowed up by flames or crushed by debris, thus providing a protected storage location for other valuables.
Tip: disposable diapers have amazing flame retardant properties and may be useful packaging for some items stored in the appliance. 6.
Lock the house, leave a note on the door telling the authorities that you have evacuated, check with the neighbors to make sure they are on a safe road, hop on your car and leave.
Tip: If the area becomes smoggy, listen to the radio for road off information, turn on the low light, set climate control to reset
In order not to breathe smoke from outside the vehicle, cycle.
Of course, this is an article that can be written dozens more pages, because it is such an important topic and of course a topic that we can provide a wide range of details.
Now, this will have to be done.
Will the above information prevent you from fire prevention and any damage to your property? No.
But there is a good chance that this will help, especially if you take these steps now.
Taking these measures also helps firefighters, as any time the wildfire is delayed or the home is protected, you can take another item from the first aid person\'s shoulder.
Be prepared now, be safe, and remember that being prepared is not only a social responsibility;
This is your only real protection.