The risk of wildfires is highest during the dry season when the earth and forests lack moisture. Although you may not be able to eliminate the risk of wildfire you can take measures to protect your home and property.
- In the event of a fire, call 911.
- Have a smoke detector installed in every hallway, on every floor, including the basement. Check batteries regularly.
- Be extremely careful when using candles. Never leave candles burning unsupervised, or around children or pets. Make sure the candle is secured in a stable candlestick and do not burn down any lower than two inches.
- Deposits in the chimney pose a serious fire risk. Have your fireplace swept out and inspected regularly.
- Do not pile up debris, garbage or garden supplies against an exit door. This may be an important evacuation route in an emergency.
- Store firewood a safe distance from the house and keep covered
- Open fires are prohibited in most municipalities. Do not burn leaves, twigs or garden debris – this material should be composted or hauled away.
- Store pool maintenance products in a dry, well-ventilated location, outside the home and away from organic materials, gasoline, motor oil and turpentine.
For more information on fire safety visit the Department of Natural Resources website.