Protect yourself from fire in dry conditions

The recent warm weather has been a treat for most of us, but the dry conditions can also lead to unwanted fire.

The National Weather Service today said the dry pattern can create unsafe burning conditions, as dead grass and brush are susceptible to ignition. We want to make sure you stay safe in the event of a brush or wildfire.

Prepare:

  • Plan and practice two ways to get out of your neighborhood in case your primary exit is blocked.
  • Select a place for family members to meet outside of the neighborhood.
  • Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside your home, like a small pond or swimming pool.
  • Set aside household items that can be used as fire tools, like an axe or bucket, in case you need to fight fire before first responders arrive.

React:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to news and radio reports for information and directions.
  • Arrange for temporary shelter at a friend’s home outside the threatened area.
  • Have supplies ready for evacuation: Water, medication, personal documents, flashlight, batteries, etc.

Returning home:

  • Use caution when entering burned areas.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them safely. Keep an eye on pets, as embers and hot spots can exist.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do not use water that may have been contaminated.
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