If you reside in a wildfire-prone area, it is critical to remain current on safety precautions. The most critical information during a wildfire will come from your local authorities. Do not leave your home until you have received orders from the fire department. When you are notified to evacuate, create an emergency plan while preparing to leave. Determine two evacuation routes from your area and define a meeting spot for everyone in your home. Then, leave as quickly as suggested. Waiting till the last minute puts you in danger and impedes emergency services. Yet, there are some points to have in mind as well:
If you are unable to evacuate and you have to take shelter inside a building, which is usually your house, there are wildfire steps you can take in two different scenarios.
A. If you have at least two hours before the fire arrives and you can help firefighters limit damage to your property:
B. If you don’t have any time to waste and you can only keep shelter:
While evacuating the disaster area, your vehicle must hold a significant supply of gas as you may spend a significant amount of time in your car. Try to use large roads because narrow roads can quickly get blocked. You may need to leave your point of departure fast to keep safe. Know where you are going, how you are going to get there, and where you are going to remain.
If a wildfire starts when you are hiking or walking through a forested area, some tips can help you survive:
For last wildfire steps, before trying to return to your home after a wildfire, wait for authorities to declare it safe. When you arrive, clean up any driveway debris. Look for fallen power lines and broken branches and limbs in trees. When cleaning up, protect yourself from ash. To protect your skin, use gloves, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks. Protect your eyes by wearing goggles. Also, wearing a N95 respirator reduces the ash you breathe in. As quickly as possible, wash off any ash that has gotten on your skin, eyes, or mouth. Next, smell natural gas or other strange scents as you get inside. Check each room with a battery-powered flashlight before turning on lights or appliances.
Additionally, wildfires may contaminate drinking water. Inquire with your local health agency about the safety of your drinking water before consuming it. Another significant consideration is the food in the refrigerator. If the food inside the fridge reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, it must be discarded.
Finally, eat well and get enough sleep to help you cope with the stress you experience.