Wildfire season is here. Last year, nearly 362,000 acres were affected by wildfire in Idaho. Wildfire burned more than 5.5 million acres in the U.S. last year. Are you prepared for a wildfire?
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is sharing key steps to staying safe during this dangerous season. Follow these tips to reduce your risk from wildfire.
• Make a plan. Find the best two evacuation routes from your home and from your community. Know how you will use them.
• Practice your plan with everyone in your family. If you have a pet, include a leash or carrier in your planning. Practice using both evacuation routes in case one is blocked by smoke or fire.
• Have a communications plan for your family members in case you aren’t together during an evacuation.
• Make an emergency bag. Put essential personal items in the bag so they’ll be ready to grab and go. Include your pet supplies.
• Know ahead of time how you will receive emergency information from officials in your community. In a wildfire, follow their evacuation instructions.
• Keep your roof, rain gutters, deck, and yard clean and green.
• Make a safety zone up to 100 feet around your home by clearing dry leaves, pine needles, branches, and other plant debris.
• Put anything that can burn, such as woodpiles, propane tanks, etc., at least 100 feet away from your home.
• Choose patio furniture and other outdoor items with fire safety in mind.
• Make sure your house number can be easily seen from the road.
Learn more about wildfire safety at usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/wildfire.html.
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