Wildfire Safety Tips

Follow these pointers to stay out of danger during a wildfire.

Jan 11, 2013 | By TFK Staff
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps keeps Americans safe before, during and after emergencies. FEMA says the most important thing that kids can do during fire emergencies is to listen to the directions of the adults around them. It is also important to know where emergency exits are and to stay calm.

To help protect your home and family members from wildfires, share with your family these tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Know the facts about wildfires. 

Have an emergency kit with supplies in case you have to leave your home. Include a three-day supply of water and food that won’t spoil; a first-aid kit; a change of clothing and a sleeping bag or blanket for each family member.

Create an emergency plan so all family members know what to do and where to go during a fire or other emergency.

Parents: Clean the roof and gutters of your house regularly. Clean the chimneys at least once a year. Have smoke alarms on each level of your home, and change batteries at least once a year. Keep a ladder that will reach the roof.