Consider the following preparation tips if you live in a California wildfire-prone area:
Before a fire
1. Landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that won’t fuel a fire.
2. Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior of your home. Keep combustible vegetation away from wooden decks and siding.
3. Clean your roof and gutters regularly. Cut overhanging branches away from the roof and roofline.
4. During wildfire season, or when not in use, relocate firewood at least 30 feet from your home. Burning embers can lodge in firewood piles and ignite your home if stored next to it.
5. Install specialty ember-resistant venting to prevent burning embers from entering your home through mesh or open vents.
During an active fire.
6. Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department. Be sure your family, home and pets are ready to evacuate.
7. Review your homeowner insurance policy with your Insurance Agent. make sure you're paid to date and you have enough coverage in the event you need to rebuild your home.
8. If time permits, prepare the exterior of your home by moving combustibles (e.g., patio furniture, wood piles, door mats, etc.) as far away as possible. Leave your outside lights on, and back cars into the driveway with the keys inside. If you do not have a Knox Box on your residential gate, leave it open.
9. Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running—they can waste critical water.
10. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately. By leaving early, you give your family the best chance of remaining safe!
For additional information on preparing for wildfires, please visit www.firewise.org or www.readyforwildfire.org.