Safety and Survival
When a Fire Is Approaching Your Home…
- Wear protective clothing that covers the body - handkerchief for the face, long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves, and sturdy shoes.
- Listen carefully for and follow instructions from local officials; evacuate immediately when told to do so.
- Back the car into the garage, leave keys in the ignition, and disable automatic garage door opener.
- Choose the safest escape route away from potential fire.
- Notify someone when you are leaving and tell them where you are going.
- Bring your Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Kit with you.
- Place all pets in one room and follow out a plan for them if you need to evacuate.
…And If You Are SURE You Have Time Before Evacuating:
- Close up and lock the entire house - windows, vents, doors, blinds, and other openings.
- Shut off all of your utilities except electricity. Turn on lights in the house to increase visibility for your home in heavy smoke.
- Move flammable items close to the center of the room/home.
- Connect hoses/sprinklers to outside taps, wet the roof/house, and remove or wet trees/shrubs within 15 feet of the home.
- Gather fire tools such as rake, axe, bucket, saw, and shovel.
Other Useful Links:
- Wildfire Zone: During a Fire
- FEMA: What to Do During a Wildfire
- Homeland Security (Ready.gov)
- Red Cross: Preparing For Events, Wildfires