Wildfire Approaching Checklist


If You Have Time:

  1. Call for help. Use a cell phone if your electric power has been interrupted. 
  2. Close all entrances to your home and garage including windows, doors, garage doors, and vents.
  3. Close shutters, heavy drapes, Venetian blinds or other window coverings. Doing so helps to prevent sparks from blowing inside your house and igniting.
  4. Have tools and water accessible. Fill buckets and other bulk containers with water. Have a shovel, rake and long water hose accessible to fire fighting crews. 
  5. Dress to protect yourself. Wear cotton/woolen clothing including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  6. Wet down the roof. If your roof is combustible, wet it down with a hose. Place the ladder you use for this task on the side of the roof opposite the fire.
  7. Turn off the residential fuel. If you use natural gas or butane, turn it off at the tank or meter.
  8. Prepare the automobiles. Back as many vehicles as possible into the garage. Then close the door. In the event that you evacuate remember to close the garage door behind you as you leave. If you do not have a garage or if yours is full, park your vehicles heading in the direction of the evacuation route.
  9. Don’t wait until the last minute to make the decision to leave. We all want to keep our property from burning up, but never jeopardize the personal safety of you and your family.
  10. Evacuate the family. If evacuation becomes necessary, take your family and pets to a safe place.