Californians Need To Be Prepared

Californians Need To Be Prepared

California is pretty well known for its earthquakes, and while the state gets several hundreds of small earthquakes a year, the area is prone to another form of natural disaster. Every Californian knows that the state gets several wildfires a year, and with the state still facing drought, the fires have been getting larger.

Summer may be approaching its inevitable end, but the hot, dry weather has made its mark. The state has already had several large fires this year and some have, unfortunately, been deadly.

It is important for every California resident to be ready for a wildfire.

By being prepared, a person will be better able to keep themselves and their loved one’s safe.

An important step for all families is to have an evacuation plan ready to go. This plan needs to be practiced and well known by every family member, this way the family can leave at a moment’s notice. The plan should include multiple escape routes from the home, as well as a final destination for every member to meet at in case of separation. There should also be a well-stocked emergency kit somewhere in the home that every family member knows about.

Aside from preparing the family for a wildfire, it is also important to prepare the home as well. The state of California requires that every property owner create 100 feet of defensible space around their home or other buildings. This means keeping tall and highly flammable plants at least 30 feet from your home. There are other regulations that you can learn about by clicking here to visit Cal Fire’s webpage on defensible space.

Doing these little things to prepare yourself, your family, and your home can make a huge difference. It gives everyone in your family a better chance of survival in the event of a fire. Creating proper defensible space gives your home a better chance of getting through the wildfire unscathed. These are both things that everyone wants when facing a raging wildfire.