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Wildfire Preparedness Tips

By now most people know that California’s wildfire season – which usually begins in August – has begun early. Currently there are still fires raging in several locations around our state endangering lives – both human and animal – and destroying property including homes. And while it may seem at times that the average person is powerless in helping to fight this catastrophe, there are things all of us can do to mitigate the damage that is caused by wildfires. Here are some of those things.

  • Have an emergency plan in place: As the old saying goes “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Make a plan to immediately evacuate your home in the event of an emergency. Think now about where you would go, how you would get there and which essentials you would take. Finally, make sure that all family members memorize this plan.
  • Consider fire resistant landscaping: Strategically place fire resistant plants around your home. These kinds of plants include French lavender, Red Monkey flowers, California Fuchsias and sage to name a few.
  • Purchase fire extinguishers: Every household, whether it is near a wooded area or not, should have at least one fire extinguisher. Place one in every room of the home and make sure that everyone knows how to use them.
  • Create a safety zone around your home: Experts recommend that you create a zone around your home extending outward at least 30 feet. Remove dead plants, stored wood, etc from this zone in order to decrease the chance that a wildfire will reach your home. Create a second zone farther out from your home where you have properly maintained vegetation – perhaps fire resistant plants – as well.
  • Check your insurance policy: Make sure that your homeowner’s insurance is up-to-date and that it covers wildfire.wildfire
  • Prune your trees: Prune trees that come into direct contact with your home as these may create a bridge for fire to travel across.

As restoration water damage experts, we can tell you that the worst thing to happen in an emergency is to be caught without a plan. As a citizen you are not completely powerless in helping to control the spread of these wildfires that have devastated our state. Our company does mold removal and remediation as well as fire damage house repair and can even remove smoke damage from your home.

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