Tens of thousands of U.S. wildfires burn each year, consuming millions of acres in their paths – and they don’t care if your house is in the way. In 2009 alone, more than 78,000 wildfires were reported across the nation, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
If you live in an area prone to wildfires – which can start with something as small as a discarded cigarette or a spark falling from an ATV onto dry vegetation – being in the know about wildfire preparedness measures could help safeguard your property – and even your life.
Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Tips: Survive Wildfire Season Through Preparation and Planning.
Your home is your haven – and you don’t want heat, embers or flames to damage it and put you at risk. Wildfire Prevention: Preparing Your Home.
The land on which your house sits provides opportunities for you to further reduce the risk. Wildfire Prevention: Preparing Your Property.
Make sure your home has working fire alarms, and discuss an escape plan with your family. Don’t Get Burned: Fire Safety Beyond ‘Stop, Drop and Roll.’
Make sure that your family members are safe – before and after the catastrophe. How To Recover from a Natural Disaster.
You also need to take steps to make sure that opportunistic identity thieves don’t prey on your vulnerable situation. Protect Your Identity After a Natural Disaster.
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