There are many reasons to love the summer, whether you’re a student eager for some free time or a hard-working professional that can finally travel for a change. Some professionals begin thinking about a beach vacation, while others are just happier that the sun is out and that they get to throw barbecue parties. However, summer also means that it is wildfire season and your family should be prepared for the worst in case of emergency.
It might not be pleasant to think about, but all families should be prepared for potential fire emergencies during the summer. What are some safety measures that your family should be considering in case of a heat wave or a wildfire? Here, we examine some of the best tips for preparing for a scorching hot summer.
Change Your Clothing
If there is one small move that you can make to keep safe from the summer heat, it would be thinking more often about the clothes that you wear. You may want to tell your family and friends to consider avoiding darker colors during the summer. Why? The answer is simple: these colors absorb more heat than lighter colors.
Loose-fitting clothing is much more comfortable during the summer, as well. Many people believe that wearing hats can be a smart move to avoid summer heat, but that’s a myth. Hats can make you hotter by actually trapping in heat. Here is a summary of the essential summer clothing heat preparation tips:
- Wear light colors
- Wear loose-fitting clothes
- Clothes should be light, not heavy
- Avoid hats (straw hats are an exception)
Protect Your Home
There are single wildfires that can destroy thousands of homes, but what are some ways that you can make sure that your home is truly protected from fire and smoke damage? One of the first things to do is simple: make sure that smoking detectors are on all levels of your home, and are working properly. Ideally, you will have a smoke detector inside and outside of every sleeping area.
You should also get your annual air conditioning maintenance RIGHT before the summer. This way, you can get a head start on the sweltering summer months and ensure that your A/C is working as efficiently as possible. Your family should also remove any and all hazards and flammable materials that could contribute to fire and smoke damage from 30 feet within your home. This includes:
- Branches (fallen or otherwise)
- Other debris
- Lawn furniture
- Any lawn with over 4 inches of grass
Communicate With Your Household
No one wants to have to deal with a fire emergency of any kind. However, the truth is that it is much better to have a plan in place. Your family should discuss what to do in the event of a heatwave or a wildfire, and all family members should know the location of an emergency kit.
It is also important to be able to speak to toddlers and children about a potential fire escape plan in a way that they understand what to do but are not frightened. Families should even ensure that the driving route they take when leaving their home
While it might be a bit too intense for some, it may be worth it to teach your family members some basic first aid training. Of course, it’s also crucial that you stay abreast of weather conditions and let your family know about any potential climatic changes.
Wildfire Season Can Happen Suddenly – Hire ASAP Restoration To Help You With Fire Damage Restoration
If you find that you are dealing with a fire emergency of some kind, make sure that you start thinking about fire and smoke damage restoration as soon as possible. ASAP Restoration is available 24/7 around the clock and is a fully licensed, bonded and insured restoration company.
ASAP Restoration has been helping homeowners with their fire and smoke damage restoration needs since 2009. We also work with all insurance companies, and are proud to be an insurance-preferred contractor.