May 27, 2022

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month!

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month!

Wildfires are a natural occurrence that happen all over the United States and the world. Unfortunately, wildfires are unavoidable, but you can be prepared if disaster strikes. Knowing what to do and how to react can save you and your loved ones lives.

It is important to make sure your home doesn’t attract fire and add more fuel if a wildfire comes near your neighborhood. Make sure all yard and natural debris like leaves, twigs, and grass clippings are at least 30 feet away from your home.  You will also want to make sure your roof is clear of this similar debris. This can prevent a wildfire from spreading to your front door.

If you live in an area that is commonly threatened by wildfires, you should have a plan in place to get your home ready. Do you have a pool, pond, lake, or stream near your home? Purchase a hose that can reach any area of your property so you can utilize this water source. It is also important to stay up to date on your community’s action plans if a fire threatens your area. Make sure you have an evacuation route, a battery powered radio to get updates during a power outage, and get alerts from your local authorities.

Evacuations are sometimes necessary to keep the community safe. When you need to get out quickly, there are things you can do to make sure your property and family are safe. Close all your windows and doors in the house to prevent the fire from spreading easily. It is also crucial that you turn off the gas, turn off pilot lights, and move your propane tanks away from the property. If this isn’t done you can quite literally add fuel to the fire. Grab your loved ones, your pets, and your emergency supplies kit and pack up your car. Follow designated evacuation routes and obey officials as you make your way out of the impacted area.

Wildfires can be a scary and unpredictable force of nature. While they can’t always be prevented, you can have a strong plan to make sure everyone gets out safe.

If your home is damaged by wildfires in your area, call a CORE member today. Our team of reliable and quick-working professionals can help you restore your property and get your family back to their home sweet home!

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