How to Protect Your Home from Wildfire:
- Store as much water as possible before the fire (bath tubs, sinks, etc.) It will come in useful to put out spot fires, and you don’t know if your water supply will be affected by the fire
- Many people install sprinkler systems around their house to protect against fire. These are good if you have enough water. However, they are often expensive.
- If you receive water from a community source, do NOT turn your sprinklers on unless you absolutely have to. This reduces the water pressure and volume available for the fire-fighters to use when protecting your community. There have been instances where fire-fighters have been forced to let a neighborhood burn because there was not enough water to defend it due to many people turning on the sprinklers as they evacuated or tried to defend their homes. If your water comes from an on-site source (well, spring aquifer, etc.) make sure your sprinklers do not use more water than your pump can provide.
- Nearly every time a home is lost, the owners weren’t there. You will greatly increase your chance of saving your home if you are with it.
- Investigate using reusable aluminum structure wrap, sometimes called cabin wrap, to protect your roof, eaves, walls, or windows from radiant heat and burning embers. One supplier, makes it in 10 X 50′ sizes to cover fast. The US Forest Service has used this material to protect historical structures and lookouts for decades. New large size fire shields wrap your home quickly and can protect against heat up to 1,100 °F (593 °C).
- There is a chance the fire might be caused by accidental spillage of a chemical. The chance is small but some fires may not be affected by water or certain other extinguishing methods. If these rare fires occur near your area, let the fire team deal with them.
- Drink water (and only water) religiously. It is easy to dehydrate. When you dehydrate you are a danger to yourself and others.
- If the fire brigade tells you to evacuate, do it without argument. There is a reason they are asking you to do this so listen to them.
- Don’t do it alone. This is a dangerous situation that you can be injured in; you should have someone with you in the event of an emergency to call for help.