Wildfire Tips - During the Time a Wildfire is in Your Area
What to do DURING a Wildfire:
- Turn on a TV or radio to get the latest emergency information. Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department. Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.
- If you have a ladder, prop it against the house so you and firefighters have access to roof.
- Turn a light on in each room for visibility in case of smoke.
- Open or take down flammable drapes and curtains.
- Close all venetian blinds and non-flammable window coverings.
- Move upholstered furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Turn off air conditioning/air circulation systems
- Detach electrical garage doors. Back in your car and leave the keys in the ignition.
- Secure your pets if possible.
- Place your emergency supply kit and other valuables in your vehicle.
- Move patio or deck furniture, cushions, door mats and potted plants in wooden containers either indoors or as far away from the home, shed and garage as possible.
- Close and protect your home’s openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.
- Connect garden hoses and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water. Firefighters have been known to use the hoses to put out fires on rooftops.
- Leave as early as possible, before you’re told to evacuate. Do not linger once evacuation orders have been given. Promptly leaving your home and neighborhood clears roads for firefighters to get equipment in place to fight the fire, and helps ensure residents’ safety.