Prepare for Wildfires


Apr 21 2023

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-size:15px;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p>Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas, but also communities.<br><br>Prepare for Wildfires Have enough supplies for your household, including a first aid kit, in your go bag or car trunk.<br><br>Be cautious when carrying flammable or combustible household products that can cause fires or explosions if handled wrong, such as aerosols, cooking oils, rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer.<br><br>If available, store an N95 mask to protect yourself from smoke inhalation.<br><br>Keep your cell phone charged when wildfires could be in your area.<br><br>Purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.<br><br>Stay Safe During Returning Home After a Wildfire Do not return home until authorities say it is safe to do so.<br><br>Avoid hot ash, charred trees, smoldering debris and live embers.<br><br>The ground may contain heat pockets that can burn you or spark another fire.<br><br>When cleaning, wear protective clothing - including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy thick-soled shoes - during clean-up efforts.<br><br>Use a respirator to limit your exposure, and wet debris to minimize breathing dust particles.<br><br>People with asthma, COPD and/or other lung conditions should take precautions in areas with poor air quality, as it can worsen symptoms.<br><br>Conduct an inventory and contact your insurance company for assistance.<br><br>Send text messages or use social media to reach out to family and friends.<br><br></p><span></div>

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