Wildfires are often caused by human activity or a natural phenomenon such as lightning, and they can happen at any time or anywhere. In 50% of wildfires recorded, it is not known how they started. They are unplanned and uncontrollable.
Wildfires can cause disruptions in transportation, communications, power and gas services, and water supply. They also have a negative impact on air quality, and loss of property, crops, resources, animals and people.
They release large quantities of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter in the air which can cause a range of health issues, including respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Another significant health effect of wildfires is on mental health and psychosocial well-being.
However, by taking proactive measures and understanding the necessary precautions, you can significantly increase your safety before, during, and after a wildfire.
Let’s explore effective strategies for protecting yourself and your loved ones during each phase of a wildfire.
Before a Wildfire:
If you live in a potential wildfire hazard zone, take these preventative steps to ensure that your home and your property are protected:
- Create a Defensible Space: Clear vegetation and debris from around your home
- Develop an Emergency Plan: Prepare an evacuation plan for your family. Familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes and protocols established by your local authorities.
- Stay Informed: Stay aware of the emergency alerts in case of a wildfire.
- Keep a sprinkler that is in good condition in a place which is accessible
- Make sure smoke alarmsare placed on every level of the home, and preferably in every bedroom. Test your smoke detectors once per month. Batteries should be replaced every 6 months, while the alarm itself should be replaced once every 10 years.
- Use an Airpurifier: Wildfire smoke can travel farther than you think. Use a powerful airpurifier to keep your air clean
During a Wildfire:
- Check for updates on the wildfire progress through various social media accounts and news channels, radio etc.
- If an evacuation order is issued ,be sure to take your emergency kit and other essential items with you.
- Keep all doors and windows closed in your home.
- Keep lights on to aid visibility in case smoke fills the house.
- Do not attempt to drive through a wildfire.
- Use a powerful HEPA airpurifier( Airpura V700 ) to prevent from inhaling the smoke
After a Wildfire:
- Do not return until you receive official confirmation that the area is safe
- Assess Damage: Inspect your property for any visible damage, including compromised structures, downed power lines, or gas leaks. Contact relevant authorities or professionals to address immediate hazards.
- Only re-enter your home after authorities advise that it's structurally safe to do so.
- Air Quality: Be careful of the air quality in the aftermath of a wildfire. Fine particulate matter and smoke may still be present, so limit your exposure and use Airpura V700