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Should homes be threatened by wildfire, occupants may be advised to evacuate to protect them from life-threatening situations. Homeowners, however, do have the right to stay on their properties if they so desire and so long as their activities do not hinder fire fighting efforts. If occupants are not contacted in time to evacuate or if owners decide to stay with their homes these suggestions will help them protect their properties and families.

Evacuate, if possible, all persons and pets not essential to protecting the home.

Contact a friend or relative and relay your plans

Make sure family members are aware of a prearranged meeting place

Tune to a local radio station and listen for bulletins

Place vehicles in garage, have them pointing out, and roll up windows

Place valuables papers and mementoes in car

Close garage door, leaving it unlocked and electric door opener set to open manually

Place combustible patio furniture in house or garage

Shut off propane or natural gas service at tank or meter

Wear only cotton or wool clothing. Proper attire includes long pants, long sleeves shirt or jackets and boots. Carry gloves, neckerchief to cover face, water to drink and goggles

Close all exterior vents

Prop a ladder against house so fire fighters have easy access to roof

Attach water hoses to all faucets with nozzles set to "spray"

Soak rags, towels or small rugs with water to use in beating out embers and small fires

Inside, fill bathtubs, sinks, and other containers with water. Outside, do the same with garbage cans and buckets

Remember that water heaters and toilet tanks are available sources of water

Close all exterior doors and windows

Close all interior doors

Open fireplace damper, but place screen over the hearth to prevent sparks and embers from entering the house

Leave a light on in each room

Remove lightweight and non fire resistant drapes from around windows.

If available, close fire resistant drape, shutters or blinds. Attach pre cut plywood panels to exterior windows and glass doors

Turn off all pilot lights

Move overstuffed furniture to center of room

Keep wood shake or shingle roofs moist by spraying with water. Do not waste water

Consider placing a lawn sprinkler on the roof if water pressure is adequate. Do not turn on until embers begin to fall on roof

Continually check the roof and attic for embers, smoke or fire


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Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council ● PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238

General information: Judy Hyatt

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