Wildfire Protection and Survival Guidelines

Wildfire Protection and Survival Guidelines

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indexThe drought that has been gripping much of the west has led to some pretty unpleasant summers as of late, meaning lots of wildfires all over the country that have devastated large tracts of land all over the west. The fires have been raging for weeks, doing so now as you are reading these words. The risks of these can occur during hot and dry weather anywhere across the world, so you will need to be ready to protect yourself and your home against the possibility of one, or else when it happens it will be too late to feel sorry. The following tips will give you some pointers on making it work:

Managing your vegetation

One of the most important parts of what you can do to keep your home safe is taking passive measures to direct fires away from your home whenever possible. There are a few ways you can go about this, but most of them share a few characteristics. You should keep wood piles and any other potential flammable materials well away from structures, for one. You will also have to work on removing any potential living vegetation around your home if you live in a wildfire-prone area. This may be something you would feel unwilling to do, since obviously plants provide shade and privacy, but you would do well consider what is more important to you in such cases. A wildfire can easily turn your home into a giant bonfire, so you may need to choose to make such a trade-off between privacy and protection. Something else worth considering is the materials of which your home is made. Ask yourself the question, how much fire protection does your home possess, realistically speaking? Wood frame homes with wooden shingles will go up in a firestorm and the last thing you want is to be trapped there when it happens, so if you do have a choice, do your best to work with flame-resistant or non-flammable materials every time. It will be more expensive, but well worth every penny spent on using them.

Defensible spaces

Think of a wildfire as your enemy, you will need to understand the concept of defensible spaces and how that matters. From the wildfire perspective, if it had sentience, a defensible space would be an area specifically prepared to halt its progress and to even lead it away from your home if possible. Having this no-man’s land between the raging fire and your home will be a good place you can work with, giving you much needed time to decide whether this is a disaster you can fight and wait for help or whether you need to evacuate to save your life. Some wildfires blaze through large areas in the matter of minutes, much like the firefighters of California have experienced lately, so having the chance to fall back and survive is an option you need, period. Fires on steep slopes with strong winds can easily spread really fast and may even create spot fires that ignite areas ahead of the main blaze, so you will need a large perimeter cleared of potential flammables. If bad comes to worse you would do well to consider moving out of the area. If you suspect your home is in danger, but you don’t want to lose your precious belongings, then you would do well to look for help with a moving company, placing your belongings in storage for the time being. Look for moving companies well ahead of time so you can be aware which one will be able to handle things professionally and well on your express moving day.

Dealing with trees

You will need to thin out any potential canopied trees close to your home. Any tree within 50 feet of flatland or ones that are 200 feet downhill from your home need to go or at least pruned so there can be spaces separating them. Uproot, hack and eliminate any shrubs near the trunks as well to keep flammable materials to a minimum if you don’t want to cut trees. If you need moving help for your relocation: Moving Services Removals Ltd.

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