6 Steps to Wildfire Safety
We all want to be prepared in case of a wildfire. Here are some safety tips from Fire Safe Marin:
1) Make sure you’re signed up at AlertMarin.org to receive wildfire and other emergency notifications affecting ALL addresses of concern to you: home, parents, children, business...
2) Clear debris from roof & gutters. Remove shrubs under windows and tree limbs within 8 feet of ground. Cover house vents with 1/8” screen. Clear brush within 30 -100 feet. Keep driveways clear. (See link to firesafemarin.org for defensible space details.)
3) For insurance, take photos of everything in your house, especially important items, and store the photos at another location. Uploading to the cloud works fine, if you use a cellphone or digital camera. So does a thumbdrive in a safe deposit. Remember to review your insurance policy to determine if you have the appropriate amount of insurance to rebuild after a fire. Re-building costs are averaging over $500 sq ft in the North Bay.
4) Assemble valuables and essentials - such as jewelry, hard-to-replace documents, and medications - in a carry-case or collapsible crate so you can grab it in a minute on your way out the door, in the dark.
5) Prepare an emergency “Go Bag” and keep it near the door. If you have a pet, keep the pet carrier or a folding crate there, too. Include pet food and medications in your safety plan. When evacuating, keep pets in a carrier or on the leash.
6) Plan and practice: What to take, where to meet, your contact person outside Marin. When instructed to leave, aim to be on the road within 5 minutes. If NOT instructed to leave, there’s a public safety reason. Stay inside and do not panic.
The more you know, the safer you’ll be. You’ll find a full-range of expert info at firesafemarin.org.