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May is Wildfire Awareness Month

Wildfire Preparations

May is Wildfire Awareness Month

The month of May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a perfect time to educate yourself and your family on the dangers of wildfires and what steps you can take to stay safe. Take this opportunity to check in with your local and state agencies for resources regarding wildfire preparedness, such as evacuation routes, alert systems about fire conditions near you, and other sources of information. Knowing how to prepare for a wildfire can help protect your home and family from disaster.

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The top 10 wildfire home safety tips include:

      1. Creating a 30-foot defensible space around your house.
      2. Replacing wood siding with fire resistant materials such as stucco or vinyl.
      3. Covering the roof and eaves of your home with fire retardant material like IB Roof System PVC.
      4. Removing dead vegetation from your yard.
      5. Keeping gutters clean to reduce debris.
      6. Check all windows and doors for proper seals to prevent embers from entering.
      7. Store combustible items away from your home.
      8. Keep flammable liquids far away from any heat sources.
      9. Ensure that water hoses reach all parts of the property in case of emergency.
      10. Create an evacuation plan for when a wildfire is approaching.

Making your home more wildfire-safe includes the tips above, as well as installing fire breaks and sprinklers systems, replacing wood shake roofs with PVC or metal roofing, and sealing any gaps in your home’s exterior. Installing non-combustible outdoor furniture and removing dried grasses from near your home are also important steps to reduce the chance of a wildfire impacting your property.

Preparation for a wildfire includes creating an emergency plan, stockpiling supplies like food and water, gathering important documents, packing an evacuation bag that includes items such as necessary medications and clothing, keeping extra fuel available for vehicles in case they need to be moved quickly, staying informed through local news sources and alert systems about fire conditions near you.

If a wildfire is approaching your home, you should turn off any gas lines and move combustible items away from the house. Be sure to close all doors, windows, and vents to avoid embers entering the home. Evacuate immediately if told to do so by local authorities.

If you are evacuated due to a wildfire, be sure to take important documents and medications with you. Follow instructions from emergency personnel and listen for evacuation orders on the radio or television news broadcasts. Make sure that your family stays together and check in with loved ones regularly during the evacuation period.

Protecting your home from embers can be done by sealing windows, doors, and other openings with fire-resistant material such as metal screens, aluminum shutters, and foam gaskets. Covering your roof eaves with fire-resistant material like IB Roof System PVC can also help reduce the chance of embers entering your home.

If you own pets during a wildfire, be sure to pack pet supplies such as food, water, medications, and toys for them when evacuating. Keep in mind that some evacuation centers may not allow pets so it is best to plan ahead and locate pet-friendly shelters prior to an evacuation order.

It is important to leave your home if a wildfire is nearby even if you have not been instructed by authorities to evacuate. In this situation, listening to local radio or television news broadcasts for updates about evacuation orders will keep you informed.

When driving in a wildfire, be sure to drive slowly and cautiously. Avoid driving through smoke or embers that may have fallen on the road. Be aware of downed power lines, fire crews and other emergency vehicles, and debris that may be blocking roads. Additionally, watch out for wildlife fleeing the fire which could cross roadways unexpectedly.

After a wildfire has passed, check with local authorities before returning home to ensure your safety. Stay alert for any hot spots that may still be burning and use caution when entering burned areas as there may be hidden dangers such as weakened bridges or up-rooted tree roots. Inspect your property for damage from heat or smoke exposure and contact your insurance company if necessary to file a claim.

A wildfire can be a frightening and devastating event, so it is important to take steps to protect your home and family in the event of one. From creating an emergency plan ahead of time, to taking precautions during the evacuation process, to inspecting damages after the wildfire has passed, being prepared can make all the difference in mitigating potential losses from a wildfire.

Preparing for a fire is essential for home and family safety. Taking preventive steps such as removing combustible materials from your property, creating an emergency plan, packing an evacuation bag filled with necessary items, staying informed of fire conditions nearby, and protecting your home from embers can help reduce losses in the event of a wildfire. It is important to take these steps seriously to protect your family and property during this difficult time.

 

Some of this information was provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Forest Service to help you and your family stay safe during Wildfire Awareness Month. By taking proactive steps, you can better protect yourself from property damage caused by wildfires in New Mexico. Be sure to discuss evacuation plans with your family and practice them regularly so that everyone is prepared for an emergency situation. With proper preparation and knowledge, you can be confident that you have taken the necessary action to keep your family safe during a wildfire event.