How to protect your home from wildfire?

2020 feels more like an adventure/action/horror movie. Coronavirus has kept us indoor, the world is on the brink of war, the economy has collapsed, and religious fanatics are scarier than ever. 

However, with low rainfall, high temperature, and changing winds, the wildfires are everywhere. From Australia to California and Amazon- the world is burning. 

These fires have troubled local civilians. Millions have evacuated, and many find nothing but charred empty lots when they come back. 

What are some fool-proof (fireproof?) ways commoners can protect themselves and their property?

At the home level, most of us should have smoke detectors. That’s a good start, because in a fire, as in a wildfire, there’s smoke, and there’s ‘Flame.’ 

  • Family: Something as large as a wildfire will affect your whole family. Ready them now.
  • Landscaping: Easy and definite steps can make your property much resistant to fire.
  • Awareness: In a crisis, time is crucial. Stay aware of the warning and get the signs early.
  • Moisture: Politics teaches us you fight fire with fire. In reality, fight fire with water.
  • Evacuation: Even after considering all the other steps, a wildfire is something best evaded.

Family

A combat-ready and dedicated family is far more able to manage any disaster type than those who wait for last-minute guidance. Therefore, the best way you can help your children is by training them against one of the most natural and least humane enemies; fire.

Here is how you could ready your family: 

  1. Take the kids on a fire-safety tour through the home. Find dangers such as overloaded electrical outlets and safety items such as escape routes and extinguishers.
  2. In emergencies, redundancy is our companion. You should have more than one fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and an escape route from rooms. 
  3. Ensure everyone in the family knows how to use a fire extinguisher and how to call an emergency. (911)
  4. Have periodic fire drills. Let each member of your family have a turn being the one who finds the fire and who has to inform others. On at least every other training, have everyone vacate blind-folded on their hands and knees (while exercising due safety) to copy a fire evacuation’s experimental conditions.
  5. Revisit every family emergency plan with the entire family during the wildfire season.

Landscaping

Though disasters usually take the lead in broadcasts, stories still swarm how some families managed to protect their wildfire properties by easy changes with their garden. Your primary landscaping idea is to remove any dry, dead vegetation, whether in your trees or on the ground, that could carry fire to your home.

Awareness

Learn to understand your community warnings. Does your neighborhood have Sirens? A 911 system? Will the local radio stations or TV announce the alert? If your area doesn’t have any of these arrangements, why not start them in your region? 

Moisture 

Water is the emperor of firefighting and fire suppressing substances. Your home’s best security lies in your capacity to construct a well or a pond around your residence.

Evacuation 

We strongly advise evacuation, even if you’ve taken all the above steps and feel they are enough. It would be best if you were pre-prepped and quick to leave at a minute notice since time is our most worthy asset. The more attentive you are, in advance, the more chance you have to avoid the burns and survive.

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