This year, California has experienced one of the most destructive wildfire seasons on record. Fires have destroyed over 1,000 structures, and turned hundreds of thousands of acres into apocalyptic scenes. Whether or not wildfires are prevalent or rare in your area, you still need to have a plan in case of emergency to keep you and your family safe.

Most wildfires are caused by people, so here are the ways we can help to prevent them. Never leave a fire unattended. Take care when using lanterns, stoves and heaters while camping or outside. Do no discard cigarettes or other smoking materials without completely extinguishing them first.

California Wildfires

If advised to evacuate, do not hesitate, and leave the area immediately. Prepare an evacuation checklist with emergency supplies and the evacuation route. Wear protective clothing to safeguard yourself from fire, sparks, and ashes.

If caught in a wildfire, look for a body of water such as a lake or pond and crouch in it. If no water is nearby, find a clear area with minimal vegetation. Stay low to the ground and breath through a moist cloth if possible.

Wildfires are a devastating natural disaster that mostly can be prevented. If you have any questions about how to protect your assets in the event of a fire, please call our office at 760-341-2345.

For more information on wildfire safety, click here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/wildfire-safety-tips/.