It Only Takes a Spark: Wildfire Tips to Protect Your Family and Your Home
As you are probably aware wildfire season is upon us in the NW. WA and OR residents have already seen a large number of fires spark in the eastern portions of both states. Meanwhile, CO was hit with another deadly blaze and several other western states unfortuantely kick started wildfire season in early June. This is a dangerous time of year and preparation is key to protecting your family and your home from wildfire.
Three simple steps take just a little time to complete and provide valuable time for fire fighters to do all they can to protect your property.
- Create an action plan and identify what items to take with you in case you only have a 10 minutes to leave your home.
- Take photos or digitally record your possessions in each room of your home and start creating a home inventory list.
- Create a fire safety zone around your home:
- Keep your roof, gutters, and chimneys clear of debris.
- Move combustible items away from your home.
- Turn off all gas valves before leaving your home once evacuation orders are issued.
- Move furniture away from windows and take down any flammable window treatments.
- Keep woodpiles at least 30 feet from your home or other buildings, and keep vegetation cleared away from the your home and woodpiles.
Safety is top priority during a wildfire. Make sure your family is safe, use the community resources that are available and contact your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage for your home and belongings.
Public Affairs Specialist for State Farm, looking to keep you prepared for life’s challenges. Questions? Email or call: Brad.Hilliard.firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-463-3893.
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