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Understanding
Fires

What is a Fire:  A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance.  Fires ignite and spread quickly, burning everything in its way, including brush, trees, homes, wildlife and individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time.  With more and more people living in remote and wooded locations, fires have quickly become a serious emergency threat to the general population.

Location:  Fires will occur in any location where Fuel, Oxygen and Heat are available.

Duration:  Fires start quickly and may persist for hours, days, weeks.

Caveat: Fire evacuation will be a rapid exodus and your, your family and community need to be prepared.  Households have flammable, toxic and explosive (extra gas in garage, bleach and ammonia) materials that compound your fire and toxic gas related risk.  Remove all chemicals / gasoline from heavy traffic and/or heat intensive areas.    An evacuation will give you less than 3-5 minutes to grab your belongings and vacate the premises. .  In most cases, evacuations navigators will NOT allow owners to enter their homes in an evacuated area to save their animals!    Have your pets and pet materials prepared for an evacuation.  Prepare ahead!

5 Steps to Survive
Fires
  1. Mitigate property to avoid flash fires (heavily wooded areas). Fire Extinguishers should be placed in Kitchen, Living room and Master Bedrooms of every household for easy-to-use preparation. Train your family members on Fire Extinguisher use before an emergency occurs.
  2. Have a 72 hour emergency bag prepared for every family member including pets / per household. Evacuations will require less than 3-5 minutes to gather all your valuables and emergency gear. You do not have time to think about what you need for survival and pack it up.
  3. Install smoke alarms to notify you of potential danger before the fire is inescapable. Check your smoke alarms monthly to ensure the batteries are charged are properly functioning. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year.
  4. If handles, closed doors, windows are warm, choose a second way out of a fire engulfed area. Never, Never, Never open any door that is warm to touch to avoid backdraft or flareups.
  5. Call 9-1-1 (if applicable). If you or any part of you has caught fire- Stop / Drop/ and Roll! If your escape outlets have been compromised. Stay put in your room, drape yourself with a wet towel or blanket (Fire Blankets & Masks are a great solution and may allow you to escape to safety), Keep close to the ground (under smoke layer) and crawl to safety. If you are located in an elevated building- hang a brightly colored tarp or blanket to signify assistance needed. (Fire Ladders are a great solution to allow you mobility to safety within high-rise locations) Run family Fire Drills at least once every 6 months to prepare your family for fire related emergencies.
Fire
Checklist
  • Water- at least 1 gallon per person per day (3 days worth), Water filters and forward osmosis bags are a great alternative to combat contaminated water sources.
  • Food- At least 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare, mobile stove for cooking food. *Always have waterproof matches in your food mess kit. Keep your food & supplies in a sturdy medium sized metal container to avoid large objects falling on it and destroying your emergency supplies. Store all Emergency Supplies in this container!
  • Large Trauma/ Triage First Aid Kit include, (7 days worth of medications and cash)
  • Multi-purpose tool, Gas/Water shut off key
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Personal Hygiene and sanitation items
  • Battery powered, hand-cranked radio with NOAA channel; two way radios to call for help if trapped. Have local emergency channels dialed in for quick reference of emergency directions.
  • Fire Blankets, Fire Ladders (2-3 story)
  • Heavy shovel; to mitigate property perimeter ; Heavy leather gloves
  • Family and emergency contact information (laminate), Fire Proof Document Holders
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier , bowl)
  • Sturdy saw; to assist in cutting fallen debris and creating emergency travel paths
  • Maps of Area
  • Fire Masks (Smoke and gas emergency mask – Xcaper Emergency Mask)
  • Fire Extinguisher; Bulk Fire Retardant Material (if living in a heavily wooded area)
After a Fire Strikes
  • Always use a N95 mask when re-entering a burned area to prevent residual smoke and ash from entering into your lungs.
  • Wear heavy leather gloves, hard hat and steel toed shoes to protect your hands, head and feet when entering in a torched location. Flooring, ceilings and support beams will be compromised and the risk of collapse will be eminent. Use Caution!
  • Listen to a portable, battery operated / hand crank radio for updated emergency information around your area. There will be designated evacuation centers for Animals and displaced individuals. Your radio will be your life-line for safety centers and evacuation assistance (food,water, shelter etc)
  • Avoid damaged or collapsed power lines, including all wires, poles, transformers etc.
  • Never enter a home, building or fire location until fire officials render it safe to engage.
  • Discard all food, water containers and household products that have been exposed to heat, smoke or Ash. Your water may be contaminated, so always use a heavy-duty water filter / purifier to provide potable water after a fire emergency.