Fire Safety In a Rural Area: How to Prepare


Megan Wild 

Once an isolated incident, wildfires advancing into rural and metropolitan areas are now a regular occurrence in the state of California. The latest wildfires devastating California have caused nearly $1 billion in property damage. Over 7,000 homes and buildings have already been destroyed, and the number is expected to rise as crews continue to work in areas ruined by fires that have killed at least 40 citizens.

While firefighters and other first responders remain the first line of defense against these natural disasters, the intensity and longevity of these fires have resulted in additional safety measures requiring attention. For some residents, the wildfires are so intense that evacuating the area is the only way to ensure their safety and the safety of their families.

Causes for Wildfires in Rural Areas

Fires in rural areas are caused by different situations than non-rural areas. Dry and brittle landscapes are already environmental danger zones, add in the threat of heat and you have one of the leading causes of residential structure fires in rural areas. In fact, over 30 percent of rural residential fires are started from malfunctioning heating devices.

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Household elements such as fireplaces and stovepipes that have not been properly maintained are major causes of rural fire incidents. This unfortunate trend requires people who live in these types of areas to re-educate themselves on preventive measures against accidental fires. Ensuring that people know how to maintain their household equipment will go a long way in fire prevention, which in turn helps protect against the rising occurrence of wildfires in rural areas.

12/27/2017 8:15:43 AM

Megan, another great post about preparation and safety. My heart goes out to the weather related disasters that have ruined lives this year. Hurricanes, fires, floods were all devastating events. Yes, lives are more precious than things but it's difficult to recover from a total loss including employment in many cases. Those like me on the tail end of life would not be able to recover but just existence after a total loss. I can't even fathom what that would be like. It's very heart wrenching to watch and hear the stories of those in the disaster areas. ***** Have a great fire safety day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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