This month is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Participating in this national event can help you and your family better prepare yourselves before a wildfire event. Are you still wondering what you can do to participate? NFPA’s TakeAction Initiative has the solution. The TakeAction initiative provides a free downloadable PDF Wildfire Risk Community Service Project Ideas, that lists 2 dozen project ideas including:
- Dispose of collected debris in appropriate trash receptacles.
- Get out your measuring tape and see how close wood piles are located to the home. If closer than 30 feet, they need to be relocated and moved at least 30’ away from structures.
- Sweep porches and decks clearing them of leaves and pine needles.
- Rake under decks, porches, sheds and play structures and dispose of debris.
- Mow grasses to a height of four inches or less.
- Collect downed tree limbs and broken branches in your community and take them to a disposal site.
Before you get started, if the property does not belong to your family it is important to get permission from the property owner before you begin your work. And make sure that you are safe while you are completing your project by wearing proper safety gear such as long sleeves, gloves, eye protection, boots, long pants etc. Check out our list of safety protocols before you start as well.
By taking steps to prepare yourself, your family, and community today you can be empowered to make better decisions during the event and be better prepared. Don’t wait, take action today.