One of the greatest risks to homes in California is fire. The risk is considerably greater for those living where wildfires are common.
In 2017 there were over twenty-one thousand wildfires on record in the United States which burned over two million acres of land. Unfortunately, it was also the year that California broke the record for wildfires. This ultimately leads to a wildfires lawsuit in California so those affected by a wildfire can receive proper compensation for what they lost.
For those who live in areas prone to wildfires, it is vital to plan what to do before, during, and after a wildfire. This way, they are prepared, and there will be less panic.
Even before a wildfire occurs, there are things a person can do to prepare just in case.
The first thing is to always adhere to the local building and fire codes. It is also a good idea to keep trees and shrubs around the home trimmed so they are not at risk of coming into contact with electrical wires or hanging over a chimney.
There are also fire-resistant materials that one can use when building or renovating their home, and make sure all important documents are in a fireproof container. It is also essential to ensure the house number is visible from the street day or night, make an evacuation plan with the entire family, and keep battery-operated radios and flashlights on hand so everyone is prepared and informed.
Once it is determined that there is a wildfire nearby, it is then time to prepare in case an evacuation is necessary.
The priority should always be to remain well-informed. Turn on the television or radio to get the latest information regarding the wildfire. Ensure any combustible materials are removed from the surrounding area and remove any drapes or curtains around the home. It is also a good idea to go around and turn on all the lights in every room to keep visibility in case of smoke and turn off air condition or anything that circulates the air in the home.
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Have bags packed with essentials, secure pets, and find safe routes away from the fire.
Once the wildfire has passed or been taken care of, it does not mean people can head back home. However, there are precautions to take to ensure safety.
People will need to check with fire officials to ensure it is safe to make the trip back home. Once they are home, it is important to use caution when re-entering the home, especially if it has burned, since flare-ups can occur. Checking for hot spots on the ground and smoldering stumps or vegetation is also essential. Check the home’s exterior and roof for any sparks, embers, or anything inside the home that may have burned. If there is any danger, it is best to call emergency services to take care of it.
The risk of wildfire is great, but ensuring the proper preparations before, during, and after a wildfire may provide safety for everyone.