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Fire safety tip

Staff reports

If you have to evacuate:

– Determine the exit route from the agency directing the evacuation.

– Evacuate pets if possible.

– Contact a friend or relative and relay your plans.

– Make sure family members are aware of a prearranged meeting place.

– Tune into a local radio station and listen for instructions.

– Place vehicles in the garage, have them pointing out, and roll up windows.

– Close the garage door, but leave it unlocked. If applicable, disconnect the electric garage door opener so that the door can be opened manually.

-Place combustible patio furniture in the house or garage.

– Cover or move firewood stack.

-Shut off propane at the tank or natural gas at the meter.

-Wear only cotton or wool clothes. Proper attire includes long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, boots and canvas hat. Carry gloves, a handkerchief to cover face, water to drink, and goggles.

-Close all exterior vents.

-Prop a ladder against the house but away from the power line so firefighters have easy access to the roof.

– Make sure that all garden hoses are connected to faucets and attach a nozzle set on “spray.”

-Close all exterior doors and windows.

-Close all interior doors.

– Open the fireplace damper, but place the screen over the hearth to prevent sparks and embers from entering the house.

-Leave electricity on.

– Leave a light on in each room.

– Turn on porch light.

– Remove lightweight and/or non-fire resistant curtains and other combustible materials from around windows.

-Turn off HVAC system.

-If available, close fire resistant drapes, shutters, or Venetian blinds. Attach plywood panels to the exterior side of windows and glass doors.

-Turn off all pilot lights.

-Move overstuffed furniture (e.g. couches, easy chairs, etc.) to the center of the room.

– Keep wood shake or shingle roofs moist by spraying water. Do not waste water. Consider placing a lawn sprinkler on the roof if water pressure is adequate. Do not turn on until burning embers begin to fall on the roof.

– Before leaving, check the roof and attic for embers, smoke or fire.

-After the fire passes and you have returned, inspect your house and property for embers and smoke.

– Most importantly, stay calm.

Maintaining defensible space:

– Maintain a defensible space around your home by clearing all flammable vegetation for a minimum of 30 feet around the structures. Clear dead leaves and branches to leave widely spaced ornamental shrubbery and trees.

-Clean all needles and leaves from the roof, eaves and rain gutters.

-Trim tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney and trim all dead limbs hanging over your house and garage.

-Cover your chimney outlet or flue with a spark-arresting mesh screen.

-Make sure your address is clearly visible for easy identification in an emergency.

-Make sure your home is located near a fire hydrant, or that you have a water storage supply of at least 2,500 gallons for use in an emergency situation.

-Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from buildings, fences and other combustible materials.

-Clear all vegetation and other flammable materials from beneath your deck.

– Enclose undersides of elevated decks with fire-resistive materials.

* Source: Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and the University of Nevada Cooperative Ext.


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