Lack of concern and lack of planning for fire safety measures may be disastrous. Decide what to do and where to go before wildfires threaten.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Wildfire
Wildfire risk reduction steps that can make your home safer during a wildfire.
Wildfire Safety Checklist
More people are living in areas at risk for wildfires. But we can take action to prepare. Prepare now to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home.
Campfires and Bonfires
- Only start a campfire or bonfire in an appropriate fire pit, cleared of all vegetation and ringed by stones.
- Never leave a fire unattended, such as overnight.
- Always make sure your fire is completely doused with water and smothered with dirt before leaving.
- Don’t start a fire on a windy day. Save it for another time.
- Dispose of used matches and butts in a closed container or cup of water.
- Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
- Have a bucket of water, garden hose or fire extinguisher handy. Consider wetting down the surrounding grass and other vegetation before lighting your fireworks.
- Never let children use fireworks, sparklers or firecrackers unsupervised.
- Don’t light fireworks on windy nights.
- Douse used fireworks with water to make sure they are completely extinguished.
Cars, Tools & Other Combustion Engines
- Don’t park a hot car or other machines on dry grass.
- Don’t allow gasoline or motor oil to spill on grass or other vegetation.
- Tractors, off-road vehicles, and equipment being used in wooded areas, such as chainsaws, must have spark arrestors.