California’s 2017 wildfire season was the worst on record. The consequences — serious health impacts, billions in damages, and lost lives — were tremendous. Now the 2018 season has already started to cause damage.
We can all play a role in preventing wildfires. Read up on some of the ways you can help prevent them, and commit to doing your part.
- Get a permit before lighting a campfire. Make sure any permitted fires are properly extinguished.
- Avoid mowing your lawn when it’s hot and windy, and try to mow before 10 a.m.
- Clear dead vegetation from your property, and only burn lawn debris in designated areas and on permitted days.
- On days when fire risk is high, use extreme caution to avoid any activity that can spark a fire.
- Keep your vehicle well maintained — properly inflate tires to avoid driving on rims, change your brake pads before they get too thin, and address any other metal parts that could drag and cause sparks.
- Make sure all cigarette butts are fully extinguished and properly disposed.
Ready to commit to taking these steps? Sign the pledge — and you’ll play a crucial role in avoiding future fires.