How to Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Your Home
How to protect Your Loved Ones and Your Home
- 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)
How To Stay Healthy After a Wildfire
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
Projected Wildfire Growth
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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/>.
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