Dealing With Wildfires: Protecting Yourself And Your Family

There are tornadoes and hurricanes, and other natural disasters that unfortunately you have to imagine dealing with, to be properly prepared. These are not the types of things you want to think about, but in the event they were to happen in your life, it would be better if you were prepared instead of caught in a state of panic and fear. Wildfires are becoming increasingly common in the extreme heat, not only in the United States but all around the world, so it only makes sense to make yourself more aware of these natural disasters and how to stay alive if they start near you.

One way to get prepared is to know ahead of time what you want to bring with you if you have to evacuate quickly. Unlike tornadoes and house fires, which often hit so fast you have no time to prepare, you can plan ahead of time and be prepared in the event of a wildfire. From an emergency food and water supply to personal items such as family photos and pet supplies, knowing what the most important items in your home are to bring with you is essential.

Have a family communications plan set up, including where you will all meet if you get separated and make sure that person is aware of it also. Whether you have a family friend, relative, or other person whose home you want to have as the meet-up location, not only do you and your family members need to know, but so do they. Also, if they are aware and you and your family members get separated after the event of an emergency, you all know to call this person and if they have heard from someone, they can advise the others of this.

Dress in protective clothing before leaving your home, and close all doors inside the home to prevent draft. Although you cannot completely prevent your home from getting damaged in the fire if it spreads that far, you can take steps to help safeguard it as much as possible. Connect the garden houses outside to an outdoor water faucet and fill any pools, hot tubs, even garbage cans and other containers, with water. If the fire does make it as far as your house, this will prevent it from becoming stronger and although it likely will not be enough to put it out, it will help in some way.

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