San Diego Fire Officials are expecting an especially dangerous wildfire season this year. Heavy rain last year has left above average dry brush spaces, and significant rainfall isn’t expected until late November. Preparing your home and family ahead of time is crucial to preventing severe fire damage to your home, and keeping your loved ones safe. Preparedness and planning can also make the restoration process easier if your home does experience fire damage.
Here are our top five tips for preparing for Southern California’s wildfire season:
Come up with a Wildfire Action Plan
Having a plan for you and your family is so important to maintaining safety and organization in a wildfire emergency.
Your plan should include:
- A Local Meeting Place and Evacuation Routes: Your local meeting place should be completely out of fire danger, but close enough to your home for family members to meet. This could be a neighbor’s house or your cross street.
- Family Communication Plan: Keep important phone numbers written down in your wallet, not just in your phone in case your phone loses power or service.
- An Evacuation Location: An evacuation location should include your area’s evacuation routes and a place you can stay that is as far from wildfire’s path as you can get.
Emergency Supply Kit
Put together an emergency kit for each member of your family. The kit should include about three day’s supply of all survival essentials (food and water, clothes, prescriptions, important documents, cash).
Home Inventory List
Create an inventory list of valuable items in your home before wildfires even become a threat to your community. Having a list and photos of damaged items will help your insurance company assess the losses and help cover costs. This will significantly lower fire damage costs and make the fire restoration process much easier.
Tree Health and Removal
Dry brush and dead trees cause wildfires to spread and can make them much harder for firefighters to contain. Make sure to care for your trees and take action to remove dead trees and dry brush.
Use the “Lean, Green, and Clean” model to create defensible space on your property. Keep at least 30 ft of well-maintained space around your home, known as Zone 1. Cut back any dry vegetation, remove dead trees, and keep this space clear. Zone 2 is the space 100 ft around your home. In Zone 2, grass should not exceed four inches, and space should be kept between any trees or shrubbery.
Certified Restoration Can Help!
Stay smart during wildfire season. Fire damage can create long-term issues on your property, and should only be dealt with by an expert fire damage restoration technician. Being prepared in the event of a natural disaster will help keep your family safe and save you time and money if restoration is necessary. Certified Restoration is here for you throughout the restoration process and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the day or time, Certified Restoration responds quickly following flood, mold or fire damage.