Wildfire safety and preparedness

With summer on the way and wildfires popping up in Northern Arizona, it's important to think about fire safety and being prepared.

In the event of a fire or other emergency, it's best to have a plan of action and items packed and ready to go, even if it's just a few things.

The American Red Cross suggests having a "Go Pack" of items.

Important things to remember are medications, food, flashlights and batteries, cell phones and communication devices with their chargers, personal documents, emergency numbers, a first-aid kit and anything else your family and pets may need in an emergency situation.

Officials also suggest knowing multiple ways out of your neighborhood and area. Practice different routes to get out in case one is blocked or too dangerous to follow. Have a safe place to meet up and have an out-of-area contact in case you need to evacuate.

Keep your house safe before a fire by clearing away dry leaves and anything that could be fuel for a fire.

Have water outside and keep shovels and axes available to fight fire if necessary.

Have another set of emergency numbers inside your home.

Have an emergency alert system in place, whether you are signed up for CodeRED in Coconino County or another alert system for your area. This can allow you the quickest information to keep you safe.

Ready.gov offers another great comprehensive list of things to do before, during and after fire situations. These include everything from having fire-resistant plants, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher, unplugging electrical units and using uncontaminated water.

Ready.gov also offers emergency checklists and suggestions for other natural disasters and situations like droughts, floods, home fires and severe weather.





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