MISSOULA – Now that we’re in the heart of fire season, officials are taking to social media to share fire prevention messages.
The Missoula County Fire Protection Association posted a message on Facebook from a very special guest: iconic TV star Betty White.
The website Ready For Wildfire provides these fire-prevention tips:
- Proper Vehicle Use to Prevent Wildfire: Motorists are responsible for many of the wildfires sparked along our roadways. Nearly all these fire starts could be prevented by following these safety rules:
- Secure Chains: Practice safe towing. Dragging chains throws sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.
- No Dragging Parts: Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.
- Check Tire Pressure: Maintain proper tire pressure. Driving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it: Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t even see—until it’s too late!
- Properly Maintain Brakes: Brakes worn too thin may cause metal to metal contact, which can cause a spark.
Serve Montana’s website section “Protect Your Family From Fire” has tips for preventing wildfires and protecting your home.
- Thinning the trees around your home so there is 15 feet between crowns will reduce the chance of fire spreading from tree to tree.
- Eliminating “ladder fuels”, brush, small trees etc, will keep fire from climbing into tree tops.
- Dispose of slash and other fuels around your home. If fire does strike it will have less fuel to burn.
- Keep brush and other fuels cut back from your driveway so emergency vehicles can enter and leave.
- Create at least a 30-foot safety zone around your home by watering and mowing your lawn and landscaping with fire resistant plants.
- Clean debris from your roof and gutters
- Display your name and house number in front of your property to assist emergency crews in locating your home.