Fire can be devastating. It can cause destruction to our homes and is potentially life threatening. Regions where wildfires are prevalent are especially dangerous. Areas in California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and Idaho all experience a “fire season” and are hit particularly hard.
Over the past 10 years, an average of *64,100 wildfires occurred annually resulting in an average 6.8 million acres burned and *14.3 billion in real estate damage.
Typically, “fire season” occurs during the month July, August, September, and October. However, the season is starting earlier and ending later each year. Not only is it a season that sees more fires and burning, but due to changes in the climate, like warmer springs and summers, earlier snowmelt, and later rains.
That’s why it’s necessary to be vigilant during this time and to take precautions to guard your family and your home. When it comes to your electrical, it’s important to remember these important tips:
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are up to date and in working order. It doesn’t hurt to test them when bad weather is on the way!
- Make sure you have smoke detectors on every floor of your house, especially outside of bedrooms.
- Invest in a portable or standby generator.
- Trim back trees from power lines.
- Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris, or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
- When you know inclement weather is on the way, turn off or unplug any tools/appliances that aren’t being used.
- Invest in smart home technology to help monitor your electrical safety and appliances from anywhere.
- Practice a fire escape plan at least twice a year with your family and know your community evacuation route.
- Watch the news – be sure to track severe weather or wildfire and air quality warnings. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Get an “electrical” check-up. If your home is older or if you’re experiencing problems with wiring, panels, circuits or general electrics, this could increase the likelihood of fire.
There are many things you can do to protect your home against fire caused by bad weather. Whether the cause is a downed power line, a blown electrical panel, or an encroaching wildfire, it is better to be safe than sorry!
We’re open and here to help you with whatever you might need. Visit your local Mister Sparky for what you need to prepare your home against fire.
* U.S. Department of Agriculture (2019)
* U.S. Fire Administration (2015)