In Canada, wildfires can cause significant property damage and endanger lives. They typically occur between May and September, though they can start earlier in some regions. The following actions are the best method to safeguard yourself and your family in the event of a wildfire:
• Stay informed: Keep an eye on the weather, pay attention to local authorities, and get ready to flee.
• Ensure that your car has fuel.
• Evacuate as directed, and bring your emergency supplies.
• Re-enter your home only at the direction of authorities and community leaders.
• Being prepared and having an emergency plan in place are essential for staying safe.
• For potential wildfire notifications, listen to the radio or local news channels, or follow your local news source and emergency personnel on social media.
• You must also ensure that the following are covered by your home insurance: Fact sheet: Fire insurance fundamentals
Learn more about the local notifications and evacuation procedures and determine whether you are in a wildfire-prone area.
A fire management information system maintained by the Canadian government; the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System keeps track of the country’s overall fire hazard levels. It features an interactive fire map and up-to-date reports on the fire situation across Canada, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Recognize the difference between an evacuation order and an alert. If you receive an Evacuation Order, you should leave the area right away because you are in danger. Move away from the fire by following the paths that the authorities have designated. In contrast, an Evacuation Alert means that you need to be prepared to leave immediately.
• Be ready to leave at any moment. Evacuate if instructed to do so.
• For the most recent information on the fire and any potential road restrictions, listen to local radio stations.
• Place your car in the driveway’s front parking spot. If you need to evacuate, keep your car windows closed and have your belongings ready to stow in the trunk.
• Close all the windows and doors in the house if you don’t evacuate to prevent smoke and debris from entering. Observe the guidelines for reducing fire damage.
• Firewood and outdoor furniture are among the combustibles that should be moved far from the home. Any propane grills should be moved outdoors and away from buildings.
• For instructions on what to do after a fire in your house, get a copy of the Red Cross Guide to Wildfire Recovery.
• Continue to exercise caution, pay attention to local authorities’ instructions, and act accordingly.
• Re-enter your home only if officials have given the go-ahead.
• If you are unable to stay in your house due to fire damage, get in touch with your local government office for assistance in locating temporary lodging.
• To find out if you qualify for financial aid in the event of a disaster, contact your local authorities.
• When accessing burned areas, exercise caution since there may still be dangers present, such as hot spots that could suddenly flare up.
• Ensure the safety of your food and water. Use only clean water, and throw away any food that may have come into contact with heat, smoke, or soot.
• For insurance purposes, make an inventory and take pictures of any damaged furniture, electronics, books, etc. Also, keep all receipts for living costs, repairs, etc.
• If required, make contact with your insurance provider.
• When cleaning up, put on safety gear such rubber gloves, boots, and safety glasses.
• To get rid of soot, stains, and smoky odors, household items frequently require multiple cleanings.
Even though experiencing a crisis is traumatic, the COVID-19 epidemic can make it seem even more challenging. You can access a variety of tools from the Red Cross to assist you get through these trying times.
More information about this health tips at https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/types-of-emergencies/wildfires
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