City of San Carlos - Preventing a Wildland Fire from Destroying Your Home


Preventing a Wildland Fire from Destroying Your Home

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Advanced Preparation

  • Cut plywood covers for glass doors, windows and vents.
  • Provide roof ladders and garden hoses.
  • Plan escape routes to places of safety for family and pets.
  • List all items you wish to take with you for safekeeping.
  • Maintain a defensible space between your home and any combustible, wild vegetation.
  • Install a spark arrester in your chimney.
  • Store all combustible materials, such as wood, away from your home.
  • Clean your roof and rain gutters of all material that might catch fire.
  • Make sure that your address sign is clearly visible from the street and the fire department has safe access to your home.

What to Do If a Fire Is Approaching Your Home

  • Place ladders against the front of the house.
  • Connect garden hoses with shutoff nozzles and turn on water.
  • Make sure that the nozzle on the hose is shut.
  • Park cars headed out.
  • Remove lightweight curtains from inside windows. Close heavy drapes and blinds.
  • Nail plywood covers over windows and vents.
  • Move lawn furniture indoors. Inside the house, pull combustible furniture away from windows.
  • Turn on lights in the house, porch, garage and yard.
  • Evacuate family and pets to a safe location.

Fighting the Fire

If law enforcement and fire authorities permit and it is safe to do so, it is wise to plan for an abled bodied member of your house to remain to protect the house in the absence of firefighters or to assist firefighters when they arrive.