If you see fire or smoke in your area, the first step is to report it by calling 911. Note the location so the dispatcher can send personnel to the correct area.
What to Do Indoors
- To prevent sparks and embers from entering from the outside, close all windows and doors around your house.
- Slow the spread of fire by closing all the doors inside your home.
- Maximize visibility for fire personnel by turning on all of the lights in your house, on the porch, and in your yard.
- Move furniture away from windows and glass doors.
What to Do Outdoors
- Turn off propane/Butane or natural gas valves.
- Move yard furniture away from the house.
- If you have fire-resistant shutters and blinds, close them.
- Attach garden hoses to faucets and arrange them so they can reach all areas of your house.
If Evacuation Becomes Necessary
- If you have a garage, remove your vehicle from it. Make sure all of the car windows are closed. Keep your keys with you as you finish your evacuation prep.
- Close the garage door and leave it unlocked. In case of power failure, disconnect the automatic door opener.
- Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you and stay tuned to your local news.