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Red Cross urges preparedness during red flag warning

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SPOKANE, Wash. - As our area is under a red flag warming with cloud-to-ground lightning predicted combined with extremely hot and dry days, the Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross wants people to be aware of the possibility of wildfires in our area and to be prepared if a wildfire should happen. 

"We have already seen several brushfires around the Spokane area this summer," said Brenda Lawlor, Disaster Services Coordinator. "Fortunately these fires have not caused major damage, but they serve as a good reminder that people need to be prepared."

Wildfires often begin unnoticed. As we saw during the Valley View Fire, they spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Follow the steps listed below to protect your family, home, and property. 

Wildfire Safety Tips:

  • Create a 100 foot-zone of safety around your home.
  • Plan several escape routes from your home.
  • Clear all flammable vegetation, newspapers, and rubbish. Regularly dispose of them properly.
  • Regularly clean your roof and gutters.
  • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher and show them where it is kept.

If advised to evacuate as soon as possible, you should:

  • Wear protective clothing-sturdy shoes, cotton or wool long pants and long-sleeved shirt, and gloves. Bring a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Prepare your home and leave early. If you wait until the last minute, you place yourself at risk and also interfere with fire department response.
  • Take your Disaster Supplies Kit in which you have placed prescription medications for household members, as well as copies of essential papers and identification items.
  • Take your pets and your pet disaster supplies with you.
  • Call an out-of-town contact and tell them what has happened and where you are going. Choose a route away from the fire. Continue to listen to a local radio or television station for information
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