WASHINGTON – May 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Wildfires can occur anywhere in the country with the potential to destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture. Last year, the United States experienced over 63,000 wildfires that burned more than three million acres. National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 2, and people across the nation will dedicate time to making their communities a safer place should a wildfire occur.
Wildfires can start in remote wilderness areas, national parks, or even your backyard. They can start from natural causes, such as lightning, but most are caused by humans, either accidentally—from cigarettes, campfires, or outdoor burning—or intentionally.
“When our citizens prepare and adopt the principles of fire-adapted communities, the loss of life and property from wildland fires is greatly reduced,” said United States Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell.
Protect your family and community from a wildfire by taking action before one happens. On National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, join your friends, family members, faith-based group or youth organization, and volunteer your time to improve your community’s ability to withstand and recover from a wildfire, which also may improve the safety of firefighters.
There are many ways to help protect homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and entire communities:
Reduce the amount of flammable materials and brush that can burn around your home or business;
Create a fire-free area within the first five feet of your home using non-flammable materials and high moisture-content plantings;
Maintain an area that is clear of flammable materials and debris for at least 30 feet on all sides from your home or business; and
Move wood piles and propane tanks to at least 30 feet from your home or business.
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is part of America’s PrepareAthon! a grassroots campaign for action to get people better prepared for emergencies through group discussions, drills and exercises. You can take steps to prepare to reduce the devastating effects of any disaster by creating a family communication plan and practicing how you will evacuate and communicate with friends and family members in an emergency. Register your action at www.ready.gov/prepare.
Learn more about National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Visit the ready.gov and learn how to prepare for a wildfire.
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