Saving Lives and Propertythrough Advance Planning
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Wildre Action Plan
Wildland Urban Interface 3What is Defensible Space 4Making Your Home Fire Resistant 5A Wildre-Ready Home 6-7Get Set - Prepare Your Family 8As the Fire Approaches Checklist 9Go Early Checklist 10Your Own Wildre Action Plan 11Residential Safety Checklist 12
he re season is now a year-round reality in many areas, requiring reghters and residents to be on heightened alert for the threatof wildre throughout the year.Each year, wildres consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI). Studies show that as many as 80 percent of the homes lost to wildres could have been saved if their owners hadonly followed a few simple re-safe practices. In addition, wildre-re-lated deaths occur because people wait too late to leave their home. Your re department takes every precaution to help protect you andyour property from wildre. However, the reality is that in a majorwildre, there will simply not be enough re engines or reghters todefend every home.Successfully preparing for a wildre requires
to take personalresponsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property.In this publication, we hope to give you the tips and tools you need toprepare and be successful.Fire is, and always has been, a natural occurance in the wildland.Our brush-covered hills, canyons and forests burned periodicallylong before we built homes there. Wildres, fueled by a build-up of dry vegetation and driven by seasonal hot, dry winds, are extremelydangerous and impossible to control. However, many residents havebuilt their homes and landscaped without fully understanding theimpact a re could have on them, and few have adequately preparedtheir families for a quick evacuation.It’s not a question of
the next major wildre will occur.That’s why the most important person in protecting your life andproperty is not the reghter, but you. Through advance planning andpreparation, we can all be ready for wildre. We hope you nd thetips in the next pages helpful in creating heightened awareness anda more re-safe environment for you and your family.
This publication was prepared with the assistance of the VenturaCounty Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority incooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Specialthanks to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, Universityof Nevada Cooperative Extension “Living with Fire” program, CALFIRE, FireSafe Council, Firewise Communities and many otherorganizations for their contributions to content.