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posted by: LIT First Aid on: August 03, 2021

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Wildfires are raging across many parts of Canada and the United States right now. Exacerbated by climate change, they’re burning faster than ever before. That is why it is important to be prepared, especially if you live in a region that could be forced to evacuate. Check out our top wildfire safety tips below.

 

Make An Emergency Plan

The first step in wildfire safety is to make a plan. An emergency plan outlines how you and your family will respond to disasters, such as wildfires. Your plan should include critical information like how you escape and how you will communicate if you are separated. When you’ve typed out a clear plan, send it to all family members to ensure everyone is on the same page. An emergency plan can help provide peace of mind in a wide range of situations from wildfires to earthquakes to hurricanes. 

 

Prepare Your Home

Due to the nature of wildfires, you must be prepared to leave your home at a moment’s notice. Thus, when wildfire warnings are first issued, it’s important to do everything in your power to mitigate the effects of fire damage to your home. A few tips to prevent damage are:

  • Remove dead plants, tree branches, and vegetation from your yard
  • Keep the gutters and roof clear of debris
  • Move firewood at least 30 feet from the house
  • Replace single-pane windows with multi-pane ones.

 

Pack A Bag

Finally, it’s always smart to have a packed bag in case you need to evacuate with little warning. Your grab-and-go bag should include essentials for all family members, including pets. Such essentials include basics like non-perishable food and water, necessary medications, a phone and phone charger, a battery-powered flashlight, cash, a whistle, and a first aid kit. 

 

Wildfire season can be scary, but preparing yourself for the worst possible outcome can provide some peace of mind. Another great way to stay safe this summer is by learning basic first aid. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life in the event of a wildfire emergency.

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