Wildfires

How to Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Your Home

How to protect Your Loved Ones and Your Home

According to the CDC, you should take the following precautions to keep yourself and loved ones safe.
  • Do not pollute indoor air quality (smoking cigarettes, using a fireplace, or burning candles)
  • Protect at-risk groups (those with heart or lung conditions)
  • Watch the air quality reports, and evacuate if conditions are no longer safe


To Protect Your Home
  • Remove anything flammable from your yard (dead leaves)
  • Remove anything flammable over your roof (tree branches)

Aftermath

How To Stay Healthy After a Wildfire

Your Home

Remember that some homes cannot be repaired due to age or damage.

  • Clean soot and ash from home
  • Wash curtains or other upholstery
  • Vacuum anything that cannot be laundered
  • Clean from top to bottom


Potential Hazzards
- According to 3M, there are many potential hazards you could encounter while cleaning up after a wildfire such as:
  • Asbestos or mold (usually only in homes built before 1980
  • Breathing in ash or soot
  • Electrical lines
  • Heat stress from the fire

Mental and Emotional Health

Many people can have difficulty coping with the aftermath of a fire. According to the CDC website, people can have trouble sleeping, irritability, and overwhelming experiences of grief. To deal with this stress, the CDC recommends that you help your community with the clean up process or seek professional counseling.

Projected Wildfire Growth

According to the Caribbean Environment Programme, wildfires are expected to become more destructive by the year 2050. In a 2012 report, burn season was found to be 2.5 months longer than it had been 40 years ago. The report from The Caribbean Environment Programme also said that "every one degree Celsius temperature increase the earth experiences, the area burned in the western U.S. could quadruple." This would make wildfires a more deadly and widespread problem.

Sources

Information

The Caribbean Environment Programme." Climate Change Will Result in Intensified US Wildfires by 2050. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.


"Returning Home After a Disaster: Be Healthy and Safe." CDC Natural Disasters. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.


"Wildfires." CDC. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.


"Wildfire Smoke." |Wildfires. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014


"After a Wildfire." |Wildfires. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.


"Personal Protective Equipment and Residential Wildland Fire Cleanup." 3M, Oct. 2007. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.


Images

2012 Wildfire Awareness Week Event. 2012. 2012 Wildfire Awareness Week Event. By Washington DNR. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. <https://www.flickr.com/photos/wastatednr/6987534342/>.


Wildfire in the Pacific Northwest. 2013. File:Wildfire in the Pacific Northwest. By Russavia. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wildfire_in_the_Pacific_Northwest_(8776169894).jpg>.