Wildfires are a common occurrence in certain areas in California. Every year, more citizens are exposed to the danger that a wildfire can bring.
It is important to learn how to prepare for a wildfire to prevent deaths and injuries. Do you think you live in an area that can be affected by a wildfire, and if so, what time of the year is it likely to happen?
Keep reading to equip yourself with essential skills that can keep you safe when the inevitable happens.
When do wildfires strike?
Your location largely influences when a wildfire is likely to affect you. Each community has its own risks and is likely to be affected at different times of the year. The following regions have recorded high risk in the past.
- Santa Cruz Mountains : March to April
- East Bay & Central Valley May to June
- North Bay
How to prepare your home for wildfire season
The following activities have been found out to reduce the risk and damage of a wildfire on your home:
What to do before a wildfire
- Ensure that all decks, gutters, porches and eaves are cleared of debris and leaves.
- Get rid of any items that may ignite easily within your compound. Such items include dead vegetation.
- Take out all combustible materials that lie within the foundation and any other outbuildings such as sheds and garages.
- Tree tops are known to catch fire. Remove all branches that are close to the ground.
- Hydrate your lawns regularly to reduce the chances of catching fire. Dry grass leads to swift spread of wildfires.
- Dispose lawn cuttings and debris immediately.
- Inspect roof tiles and shingles to ensure that everything is intact. Repair and replace where necessary.
- To prevent ember from entering soffit and under-eave vents, cover them with metal mesh.
Coming up with an emergency plan
- Pull together a supply kit that can be used in an emergency. Since it will contain all your important documents, ensure that it is stored in a safe place.
- Come up with an evacuation plan and notify all members of your household about it.
- Designate emergency routes out of your neighborhood.
What to do during a wildfire
- Keep yourself updated. Get news from reliable sources such as the fire department and media in your locality.
- Have a reserve supply kit in your vehicle.
- Cover all openings in your home. These include vents, attics, garage doors, basement doors and windows.
- Let all tubs, garbage cans, pools and any other large containers be filled with water. These supplies can be used as backups for firefighters.
- Once evacuation orders are issued, leave promptly. This will allow the fire department to clear large areas so that they can fight the wildfire safely.
How to recover after a wildfire
Unfortunately, preparing adequately for a wildfire doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of your home getting caught in the middle of a wildfire.
If the inevitable happens, get in touch with RestoreX immediately. Our team will employ a number of tactics to resolve fire damage in your home and let you get back to living your normal life swiftly.
Don’t wait any longer, get in touch with us today.