Wildfires: Know Red Cross Safety Steps
Extreme heat, windy and dry conditions are causing many wildlfires to burn out west, 15 in California alone. The fires have burned thousands of acres, have already destroyed numerous residences and forced people to leave their homes.
Fires are also burning in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Alaska and South Dakota. Red Cross workers have shelters open and are providing meals and relief supplies to people affected by the fires.
WILDFIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Download the free Red Cross Emergency App which provides 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
WILDFIRE SAFETY Remove anything that can catch fire from around your home, garage and outdoor shed, including firewood and propane tanks. If it’s flammable, keep it away from your house, deck or porch. Obey outside burning bans when issued. Other things you can do to be prepared include:
IF A FIRE OCCURS Listen to your local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape. You should also:
AFTER THE FIRE Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist. Avoid damaged or downed power lines, poles and wires. Other things to do include:
Recheck for smoke or sparks throughout your home for several hours after the fire, including in your attic. Wildfire winds can blow burning embers anywhere so check for embers that could cause a fire.
You can find tips like these and other valuable information in the Preparedness section of redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.