Fire Department Provides Tips On How To Prepare For Wildfires

2022-06-23 08:45:01 By : Mr. Liang Wen

Posted by: Zena Taher in Fire, Santa Clarita Latest News May 11, 2022 - 3:00 pm 0 697 Views

As summer approaches and fire season gets into full swing, the LACoFD has tips for L.A. County residents on how to be prepared for wildfires.

Ensuring that your home can be more easily defended in case of fire is an important part of wildfire preparedness.

The LACoFD designates three zones of plant growth around each home.

Dead or dying plants should be cleared from all zones around a home, as well as from roofs and rain gutters.

Zone One extends from the house to 30 feet away from the structure. Trees in this zone should have branches at least 10 feet away from any chimneys, structures and other trees.

Shrubs should be 10 feet away from any buildings. Vines should be taken off of flammable structures, and plants near windows should be removed or trimmed.

Woodpiles not covered with fireproof materials should not be kept in zone one.

Flammable plants or items around and under decks should be removed.

Plants should be kept away from each other at a distance that is three times their height.

Plants that are closer to buildings should be small with high moisture content, like succulents and cacti.

Zone Two covers from the end of Zone One to 100 feet from a structure.

Any grass in this zone should be cut to three inches and any leaf waste should be removed.

Trees and shrubs should be spaced out with a difference that is three times the height between them.

Plant debris should be cleaned, but a mulch layer up to four inches deep is allowed.

Hedges are not recommended because of their tendency to hold plant waste.

This zone should be made up of native plants spaced by 30 to 50 percent. Decorative shrubs and trees are not recommended because of how much water they require.

Dead wood, plants with high fire risk and the lower third of large shrubs should be removed.

Tree branches should be trimmed so they are at at least three times the height of plants beneath.

To make things easier for firefighters in case of an emergency, the Los Angeles County Fire Department recommends that home addresses be visible from the road.

Driveways should be at least 15 feet wide so emergency vehicles can enter.

Any locked or electric gates should have a disconnect or lockbox. Gates should open inward to give space for emergency equipment.

Garages should have a fire extinguisher and tools like shovels and buckets that can be used in a fire.

It is recommended that homes have multiple garden hoses that can reach all parts of the property.

Weather stripping should be in place under and around all doors.

Fencing should be fire-resistant, and rain gutters should have screens to keep debris from gathering.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says everyone in a home should know where the gas, electric and water shut-off controls are and how to use them.

Officials also recommend that families create a wildfire action plan.

It is recommended that families have a single point of contact if loved ones are separated in a fire.

The point of contact should be a friend or family member living outside the area, according to officials.

Emergency supply kits should be located in cars and in homes.

Fire officials recommend that emergency kits include a map with at least two evacuation routes, prescriptions, a change of clothes and close-toed shoes, extra glasses or contact lenses and a spare set of car keys in addition to cash and credit cards.

A three-day supply of food and three gallons of water per person should also be contained in the kit.

The fire department recommends that the emergency bag also have a first aid kit, flashlight and copies of important documents.

A portable radio or scanner should be available to help families stay up to date on news.

For more information on how to be prepared for a fire, see the Ready! Set! Go! booklet. Additional information is also on the LACoFD website. Information on fire prevention and fire safety can be found here and here.

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