1. Know your wildfire risk.
Research your home’s location and history to determine if it is in an area prone to wildfires.
2. Create a defensible space around your home.
Clear vegetation and combustible materials from around your home to create a “defensible space” that can help slow the spread of wildfire.
3. Prepare and maintain an emergency supply kit.
Make sure to have a stocked supply kit with items necessary for an emergency such as flashlights, batteries, and portable power sources.
4. Have evacuation plans in place for you and your family.
Create a plan for how you and your family will evacuate in the event of a wildfire. Make sure everyone knows where to go, and practice the evacuation route regularly.
5. Install fire-resistant building materials.
Replace combustible building materials around your home with items such as fire-resistant siding, roofing, and shutters to help protect against the spread of wildfire.
6. Have an emergency water source available.
Have a reliable source of water available for emergency use, such as stored rainwater or a fire-resistant garden hose.
7. Maintain a well-stocked first aid kit.
Keep a fully stocked first aid kit in your home and be sure to replace expired items regularly.
8. Ensure everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher.
Make sure everyone in your home knows how to use a fire extinguisher and regularly inspect them for damage.
9. Prune trees and remove combustibles from the yard regularly.
Prune and remove any combustible materials in your yard regularly to reduce the risk of wildfire.
10. Store flammable liquids away from living areas.
Store any flammable liquids away from living areas and out of direct sunlight. Follow all label instructions for proper storage and disposal of these materials.