We are experiencing terrible Wildfires in Southern California today. I have never seen the flames so close to the 91 Freeway. I am watching my friend's live Facebook videos showing flames and smoke engulfing the sky nearing their home rapidly. Our home is not in danger. We are one of the lucky ones, but if it was in danger would we know what to do?
We did some research and here are some tips to keep you safe and give your home better chances if it is in the wildfires destructive path.
Here is a video from Michele Steinberg with the NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division.
During the time a wildfire is in your area......
- Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department. Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.
- 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.
We are hoping and praying all of you are safe, and the firefighters will all be able to contain the fire quickly and able to return safely home to their families.