More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings - in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There homeowners can enjoy the beauty of the environment but they also face the very real danger of wildfire.
Every year across our Nation, some homes survive - while many others do not - after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas. Said in another way - if it’s predictable, it’s preventable!
Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now - before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Follow the steps listed below and the weeks that follow to protect your family, home, and property.
Practice Wildfire Safety
People start most wildfires - find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.
•Contact the Kilgore Fire Department, local health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
•Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
•Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
•Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
•Post emergency telephone numbers 9-1-1 for fire, police, and ambulance.
•Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
•Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
•Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors’ skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can’t get home.
This is the first in a four part series to help you, your family, friends and neighbors to prevent and prepare for a possible wildfire near your property and home.