Know your evacuation route ahead of time and prepare an evacuation checklist and emergency supplies.
Wear protective clothing and footwear to protect yourself from flying sparks and ashes.
Before You Leave, Prepare Your House
Remove combustibles, including firewood, yard waste, barbecue grill, and fuel cans from your yard.
Close all windows, vents, and doors to prevent a draft.
Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies.
Fill any large vessels – pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, or tubs – with water to slow or discourage fire.
If Caught in a Wildfire
Don’t try to outrun the blaze. Instead, look for a body of water such as a pond or river to crouch in.
If there is no water nearby, find a depressed, cleared area with little vegetation, lie low to the ground, and cover your body with wet clothing, a blanket, or soil. Stay low and covered until the fire passes.
Protect your lungs by breathing air closest to the ground, through a moist cloth, if possible, to avoid inhaling smoke.
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