It was a timely message from the Penticton Fire Chief about wildfire season as 38 new fires were reported in the province on Tuesday.
Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson reminds all residents that wildfire season is here, and with its arrival comes the need to get re-acquainted with important wildfire readiness strategies that will prevent damage to your home and save the lives of your family.
“Once started, wildfires become unpredictable and can spread quickly. The key to ensuring the safety of your property and family starts with the three ‘Ps’ of Preparing, Planning and Practicing,” said Watkinson. “Understanding, implementing and recalling the each of the three Ps serves as an excellent protection measure when guarding against the real threat of wildfire”
For individuals trying to report new wildfire activity to *5555 / 1-800-663-5555, it is best to wait on the line rather than to hang up and dial again. Please only report wildfires that you suspect have not yet been called in, thank you.
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 18, 2018
To protect against wildfire, Penticton residents are strongly encouraged to:
Prepare and maintain a FIRESMART home www.firesmartcanada.ca
Prepare and evacuation route.
Prepare a family communications plan.
Prepare a 72 hour emergency supply kit.
Plan for your families (pets included) evacuation in the event of wildfire.
Plan for armouring your home.
Plan for three days of self-reliance.
Plan an exit strategy from your home and community.
Practice when to leave, leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials.
Practice keeping your emergency supply kit fresh with batteries, food, medications etc.
Practice your escape routs and what to do if you get trapped.
Practice your evacuation preparation steps.
Practice social media for current information.