USA — Santa Ana winds and dry conditions are upon us once again. And with them come high fire danger. In 2003 and again in 2007, San Diego County was devastated by wildfire. In both cases we learned that its never too early to prepare for the next one. We also learned that in Southern California, wildfire preparation is a year-round concern.
How prepared are you? Have you created a fire escape plan so that if you need to evacuate, (more than 500,000 did in 2007), you know exactly what to take and what route you plan to travel? Do you have an alternate route in case one is blocked?
Endorsed by the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association, and created in conjunction with fire service professionals, our brand new, 16-page Wildfire Guide is FREE to the public and offers valuable information that will not only help to protect your home and property but could potentially save your life. Youll learn about how quickly wildfires spread and what fuels fire. You will find useful tips and guidelines about creating defensible space and utilizing fire wise landscaping. Our evacuation checklist will help you identify the items youll want to take with you, and a family evacuation plan to establish a safe meeting place for your loved ones. Do it now. It could save your life!
Visit our website at www.burninstitute.org for a free downloadable version of the Burn Institutes Wildfire Guide. To get a free copy of our printed booklet, contact your local fire department or visit the Burn Institute, 8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200, San Diego 92123. For more information, call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277.