Firefighters are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community and they want to help you learn how and why fires start and how to keep you and your loved ones safe. Firefighters offer countless safety tips from creating an escape plan to testing your smoke alarm and preventing burns.
In San Diego County, wildfires, both naturally occurring and human caused, are a major hazard to our communities. Firefighters are prepared for the wildfire season, but they can’t do everything on their own. Residents, and especially those who live in Wildlife Urban Interface are urged to assess their wildfire risk, safeguard their homes, and prepare for the next wildfire.
If you live next to a naturally vegetated area, often called the Wildland Urban Interface, you should create 100 feet of defensible space around your house. You can create the buffer zone by removing weeds and brush and by thinning vegetation.
In addition to creating a defensible space, you should harden your house. Wind-driven embers spread fast and can destroy homes and neighborhoods far from the actual flame front. Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house and you should keep it clean of pine needles, leaves, and other debris, and cut any tree branches within ten feet of your roof. In addition, you should inspect the eaves, vents, walls, windows and doors as well as balconies and decks to assess your risks. To harden your home even further, you can install a residential fire sprinkler system.
Once you have done everything to protect your home, create a family disaster plan and assemble an emergency supply kit. If there is a wildfire you should leave early to avoid being caught in the fire, smoke, or road congestion.
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