- Be Prepared: Fire spreads quickly so do some spring cleaning in the yard to create a 15 foot zone around your home that is free and clear of all dead or dry vegetation.
- Be Responsible: Approximately 12% of brush fires are caused by smoking materials like cigarettes on the ground. Always dispose of cigarettes, matches and any smoking material in a fire-resistant container. Additionally, you should avoid using any outdoor fireplaces or fire pits during the high risk months.
- Be Aware: Monitor news reports and watch for smoke. In the event a brush fire is reported near your home, you will want to close all windows and doors to prevent any outside smoke from getting inside your home. You will also want to keep all pets inside and in one room ready to be evacuated should that become necessary. Gather medicines, important documents, and anything that you will need to bring with you should you be forced to evacuate. Most importantly, if any member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma it is best to leave the area before the smoke levels become a health hazard.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you and your family will implement these safety tips and that you remain safe should a brush fire present itself near your home. For more information please call me at 407-244-3000.