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FIRE! How to Prepare for an Evacuation

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 8:02 PM

Evacuation is not something we do every day. Knowing that you are in a potential evacuation situation is a plus – gives you time to prepare for the best possible outcome. These tips were posted by the Bel Air Association:

Inside the House

  • Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked
  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters
  • Remove lightweight curtains
  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors
  • Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights
  • Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions
  • shut off the air conditioning



  • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures
  • connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running; that can affect crucial water pressure
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access the roof
  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals
  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave



  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby
  • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to safety early
  • Prepare to include their food and medications in your Emergency Kit

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