Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now – before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Here are a few steps to take:
- Contact your local fire department, health department or forestry office for information on fire laws. Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
- Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
- Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
- Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
- Plan several escape routes away from your home – by car and by foot.
- Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire, Make a list of your neighbors’ skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disable persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can’t get home.
There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire.
We offer classes on how to protect your property and home from wildfires, called the Fuels and Wildfire Workshop. Held several times a year for Pend Oreille County residents to attend, this workshop is informative and provides resources regarding plants you should consider in your landscape and garden and the safety perimeter which you have have clear around your home. Dixie Chichester, Water Smart and Firewise Outreach Coordinator, holds them at local Fire Stations. There are speakers that come in for these classes that have great knowledge in the same.