California is facing the worst fire season in record history! It is advisable not to underestimate the impact of a glint as it can explode, destroy possessions, and endanger homes and lives.
30,763 fire outbreaks occurred in the first half of 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. According to reports by the National Fire Prevention Agency in 2015, fires destroyed 7 billion dollars’ worth of homes and culminated in 2,650 civilian deaths and 11,075 injuries.
Fire prevention and general safety is so important and often times overlooked until it’s too late. Make sure to take the right precautions before a fire happens.
Observe these general fire prevention methods to keep your immediate environment safe and secure:
- Apply fire-resistant materials when building or renovating your home.
- Keep trees, shrubs and bushes trimmed and maintain your lawns.
- Have at least a shovel and a fire extinguisher near you for easy accessibility.
- Clear incandescent/inflammable materials, debris, and combustible materials from your home and surroundings.
- Have a well-functioning fire alarm system in your home.
- Prepare a fire safety plan and practice appropriate fire safety measures with campfires to avoid a house fire.
- Maintain vehicles to avoid sparks.
- Avoid any hanging metal objects from underneath your vehicles, such as loose mufflers or exhaust pipes.
- Do not start vehicles in areas with high brittle grasses to reduce fire risk.
- Keep an outdoor water supply with easy access for firefighters.
- Leave plenty of room for fire trucks to enter and attach to a water supply, if necessary.
These few precautions can be the difference between life and death.