It’s officially wildfire season in California, so it may be a good time to assess your preparedness in the event of a fire. The fire protection services California has available can help with that. You may think this is not necessary because it will never happen to you. Many people who lost their homes to a wildfire never thought it would happen to them or that it would escalate so quickly when it did. Here are some tips to help you be prepared.

Plan Ahead

One of the most important aspects of emergency preparedness is having a plan. If you own livestock, what will you do with your animals in the event of an emergency? How will you escape your house if the fire has already reached you? You need to know more than one route that could be used to evacuate if you need to leave quickly. Know which items you will need to take with you, and have them easily accessible in case you have to leave in a hurry.

Supplies

It’s a good idea to have a backpack or other container which holds copies of your important documents, food and water, a first aid kit, masks to prevent breathing in dangerous particles in the air, a battery operated or hand crank radio, a flash light and any other special items that may be needed, like an inhaler or supplies for your pet.

Review

Check your home for any fire hazards. Clear out all dry brush or dead plants that could easily ignite and lead to your house. When doing repairs, consider using flame retardant materials. There are even flame retardant curtains available or sprays that can be used to coat some of the items in your house.

Nobody wants to be affected by a wildfire, but being prepared for one can mean the difference between life and death.