SERVPRO recognizes National Wildfire Awareness Month
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties would like to remind our friends and neighbors that May has been deemed "National Wildfire Awareness Month".
Five Things You Should Know
- We all have a role to play in preventing wildfires and protecting our communities.
- Prevention can begin at home. The "Defensible Space" is your property's front line defense against wildfires. Protect it by removing brush and trimming branches that hang near your home.
- Wildfires can come without warning, and move quickly. Prepare now in case you have to leave your home. Register for emergency notification systems in your community and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact if evacuated.
- Never underestimate the importance of campfire safety: always check if the campground or park allows outdoor fires before you strike a match. If permitted, make sure you have water or an extinguisher on hand. Before you leave, make sure the fire is dead out - if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.
- Yard clean-up tools can actually start a wildfire if not handled properly. Be mindful when operating gas powered equipment and be prepared to extinguish fires if started, or operate equipment early in the morning when temps are lower, and humidity is higher.
2018 Facts - By The Numbers
During the 2018 wildfire season, Oregonians were responsible for starting 1,330 wildfires that consumed over 329,000 acres. The locally owned SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties reminds our Columbia River Gorge neighbors that the local SERVPRO professionals are always ready to help, 24/7/365.