PLAN AHEAD FOR WILDFIRE
the summer and fall months, Floridians will spend more time outdoors enjoying
the state’s beautiful natural resources. So it’s important to remember that
Florida’s natural areas are as vulnerable as they are beautiful.
Wildfires often begin
unnoticed – a match thrown into the brush, a spark from a hot car engine, a
lightning strike, a neglected campfire. Fires can spread quickly, igniting
brush, trees, and homes. Weather, topography and fuel are the three components
that affect the likelihood of a fire starting. Clearing out the fuels – living
vegetation and dead plant material -- can help reduce the wildfire threat.
Be aware of the potential
hazard around you before wildfire strikes. Plan what to do and where to go if
wildfires threaten your area, because during
a wildfire time is crucial and resources are limited. Knowing what to do will provide you
and your family safety, security and peace of mind.
People start most wildfires – learn to practice and promote wildfire safety.
Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
Contact your local fire department or forestry office for information on fire
Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
fire emergency telephone numbers
driveway entrances with your name and address. Make sure that fire vehicles
can get to your home.
several escape routes away from your home by car and by foot. Choose a safe
meeting place for all family members outside of the house.
to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work
together during and after a wildfire.
BEFORE WILDFIRE THREATENS
Landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Keep brush clear from around
the home and plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees to reduce the amount of
flammable vegetation in the yard.
fire resistant or non-combustible materials on the roof and exterior structure
of the dwelling. Or, treat wood or combustible material with UL-approved
leaves, dead limbs and twigs raked and cleared including dead branches over
your power company to clear branches from power lines.
grass regularly and remove vines from the walls of the home.
Follow local burning regulations.
Clear a 10-foot area around any propane tank or barbecue grill.
Dispose of stove, fireplace, and grill ashes properly.
Store gasoline, oily rags, and other flammable materials in approved safety
cans away from buildings.
Stack firewood away from your home. Use only UL-approved wood-burning devices.
Listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information.
Follow the instructions of local officials.
your car in an open space facing the direction of escape with the key in the
plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate.
Arrange temporary housing at the home of a friend or relative away from the
Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and
direction of fire and smoke.
CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER
Wildfire and other types of
disasters -- hurricane, flood, tornado, hazardous materials spill -- can strike
quickly and without warning. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance
and working together.
Create a disaster plan and
meet regularly with your family to practice your home escape plan.
Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them
monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know
when and how to call for help. Visit the Florida State Fire Marshal’s website
for more information at