- Having a family disaster survival plan is of utmost importance. Plans should include what to take (important documents, heirlooms, etc.) if fast evacuation from home is necessary. Escape routes out of town should be planned as well as meeting points. Also, destination locations should be known whether it’s to an established organized emergency shelters or private arrangements such as the home of family or friends outside of the danger zone.
- Awareness of emergency situations and conditions is important. This includes knowledge of wildfires in the area, weather conditions, recommendations and instructions by local officials, etc.
- Maintenance of property, not just when a wildfire is approaching, but always. Established defensible space can be achieved by keeping vegetation manicured and off structures, fuels should never be stored close to structures such as houses, sheds and garages. Additionally, combustibles such as fire wood shouldn’t be stored close to buildings and gutters should be kept clean and free of debris.
- Fire retardant materials like fire resistant roofing shingles, paints and similar building materials should be considered. Another item to consider is fire suppression gels, like FireIce® which can be applied to a structure. It applies a protective layer on a surface to provide a thermal barrier and help protect against fire.
Chief Don Colarusso, a leading supplier of Fire Equipment and a firefighter with more than 24 years experience said “Having a home defense system like FireIce Gel on hand is a good idea and can really help protect your home as wildfires approach.”
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