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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Fire Weather

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Fire Weather

Santa Ana wind conditions expected this week, raising fire risk in Southern California and across the Pacific Northwest. (NOAA)

San Diego County firefighters are helping residents through a major wildfire in San Diego County. Residents can take advantage of a $7 discount on their fire insurance by registering their residence as a “Wildfire Evacuation Zone.”

Here is our list of preparedness suggestions to share with your neighbors to help you prepare for fire weather at home.

Here are five things people can do right now to get ready for an emergency or possible wildfire.

1. Put your pet out

If you don’t have a pet, it makes sense to take your pet out of the house and take it to a higher elevation (and a cooler temperature).

2. Keep your valuables in place

If you have electronic devices that have value, especially those that store a lot of personal information, don’t move them in a day or two before a fire.

3. Take a shower

Take a shower and get your hair “brushed” if you’re sweating. This is a very important precaution during an emergency.

4. Call ahead, call 911, or call your insurance company

If your home, your belongings or valuables are in danger, you’ll be able to receive help quicker from the fire department, your insurance company or 911.

5. Practice evacuating your home from the street

If you’re evacuating from your home, make sure your family members, pets, and valuables are together in the car or another safe location.

If you have pets, make sure they are away with you and that you have enough supplies to leave with them.

San Diego County Fire Chief Joseph Aguirre says he is concerned about the potential for strong Santa Ana winds to develop at Friday’s forecasted high today. A big fire is expected later this week. (NOAA)

There are several factors that influence wind forecasts and conditions in the

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