Forest Fire Safety
Summer is finally here! You can expect to see sunshine and hot temperatures around this time of the year, but as you may have noticed, most of North America is experiencing an abnormal dry spell. While the weather has been lovely, with sunny skies and thermostats reaching well into the high 80s, wildfires can quickly become a cause for concern. Dry weather like this can create perfect conditions for forest fires, especially in heavily wooded areas like Western Pennsylvania. Here are some essential tips to protect your home from forest fires :
1. Create a Defensible Space:
-Clear vegetation and flammable materials, such as dry leaves and fallen branches, within at least 30 feet of your house.
-Trim tree branches that overhang the roof and maintain a safe distance between trees and shrubs to prevent the rapid spread of flames.
2. Maintain a Clean and Debris-Free Environment:
-Regularly clean your property by removing dry leaves, pine needles, and other debris that can accumulate in gutters, roofs, and decks.
-Keep a safe distance between firewood stacks and your home.
3. Maintain an Emergency Water Supply:
-Ensure you have an emergency water supply readily available on your property.
-Create a firebreak by installing fire hoses around your home, and regularly inspect and test their functionality.
-Consider having a water storage tank or a swimming pool that can serve as an additional water source for firefighters or for protecting your property in case of a fire.
4. Develop an Evacuation Plan:
-Identify multiple escape routes and establish a meeting point away from the danger zone.
-Pack essential documents, medications, and supplies in an easily accessible emergency kit.
5. Stay Informed:
-Stay informed about the current fire conditions and follow the guidelines provided by local authorities.
-Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications through your local fire department or relevant agencies.
-Familiarize yourself with evacuation orders and be prepared to act swiftly if necessary.
Forest fires are dangerous, and it is imperative to remain prepared. If your Westmoreland County home is affected by fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Greensburg. We’ll help make your disaster feel “Like it never even happened.”®