What wildfire Steps should Be Taken?


With wildfires becoming more frequent in some parts of the world, enormous regions are engulfed in fire and turned to ash. Unfortunately, once a fire begins, you will lose control over many things. But there are certain things you can still control. As the most important thing is to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones, you need to be aware of the wildfire steps you can take to stay safe. All other things can be replaced.

1- How to stay safe during a wildfire? 

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:




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    • When wildfires generate smoky circumstances, everyone must limit their exposure to smoke. Especially, children, pregnant women, and those with asthma, chronic obstructive respiratory illness (COPD), or cardiac conditions need to be much more cautious while breathing wildfire smoke. Thus, it is suggested to use N95 respirator masks during the journey. 
    • Prepare an emergency supply kit as one of the first wildfire steps including important documents, medications, personal identification, N95 respirator masks, and a battery-powered radio to acquire the most up-to-date emergency information.
    • Confine your pets, so that you can take them with you.
    • Ensure that emergency kits for you, your dependents, and your pets are fully stocked and loaded into your vehicle.


    • Wear sturdy shoes, long trousers made of cotton or wool, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves. Because skin that has been exposed is more sensitive to ash and cinders.


    • Arrange for temporary accommodation at the house of a friend or family living outside the endangered region.
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2- What to do if you are inside a building?

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:

    • Make a defensive distance between your house and flammable plants and materials (minimum 30 ft). Reduce combustibles. Move stuff like wood piles, outside furniture, doormats, and potted plants inside wooden basins as far away from the house as possible. Clear leaves, trash, pine cones, and tree bark off decks, porches, gutters, and eaves.
    • Keep roof surfaces free of leaves and debris.
    • Keep yards hydrated and fill trash cans, tubs, pools, and other big containers with water.
    • Attach all garden hoses. Turn them on and place them in your yard where firefighters may discover them and utilize them to extinguish spot flames while protecting your property.
    • Place a ladder in clear sight 

B. If you don’t have any time to waste and you can only keep shelter:

    • Turn on the television or radio to acquire the most up-to-date emergency information.
    • All windows and doors, including pet doors, should be closed but unlocked. Also, unplug electronic openers so that doors may be opened manually even if the power goes out.
    • Sprinkle water inside the doors and windows. They will be more resistant to fire.
    • Turn off your air conditioning. This will assist keep the fire from spreading throughout the home. 
    • Shut off the gas supply.
    • Turn on a light in each room to make your house more visible during heavy smoke. Turn on your outside lights as well.

3- What to do if you are inside a vehicle?

 If you come across a wildfire while driving, stay in your vehicle. While driving through a wildfire is perilous, it is much less dangerous than attempting to escape on foot. Do not run! Close air vents in smokey circumstances and roll up windows. Keep your vehicle’s doors unlocked and the headlights turned on. Then, move away from the fire and the direction it is spreading. 

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.

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4- What to do if you are on foot?

If a wildfire starts when you are hiking or walking through a forested area, some tips can help you survive:

    • First of all, move in a perpendicular direction to the direction of the wind. As the flames will follow the direction of the wind, you can outflank the flames when moving perpendicularly.
    • If possible, move downhill. The fire rises a hill as the temperature increases. So, if you have an option between going upward, staying on a ridge, or going downhill, go downhill to stay safe. Yet, avoid descending into a canyon. You may be trapped in a canyon with a fire engulfing you and no way out.
    • Travel across a previously burnt region if it is feasible. Traveling through this area would be safe because there are no other things to burn there and the fire cannot go back through it.
    • Also, you can escape a wildfire by getting into a big body of water, such as a pond, lake, or swimming pool, while there is nothing around that might fall on top of you.
    • Finally, if you have no other choice, the last effort to survive a wildfire can be to find shelter in a cave or to dig a hole in the dirt away from any fuel, grass, or anything that burns. Then, put your face down in the hole and cover yourself with soil, sand, or even small pebbles. 

5. What to do after a wildfire?

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.


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