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Safety and Survival

When a Fire Is Approaching Your Home…

Wildfire off in the distance
(FEMA/Andrea Booher)

  • 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:

Wildfire approaching rapidly
(FEMA News Photo)

  • 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.

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