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Grainger has the products and services to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards, including wildfires.
The wildfire season in the United States typically runs in the western states from May through September, but the threat of a wildfire exists wherever there are wildland or wilderness areas in various parts of the country throughout the year.
Planning for Wildfires
A comprehensive emergency plan communicated and tested with your personnel helps minimize loss to your business. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.
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Preparing for Wildfires
Advance planning can help reduce your risk of loss related to wildfires. Find out what your fire risk is. Get your facility inspected for fire safety to identify vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with fire codes and regulations. Learn More
Wildfire Preparation Tips
- Install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and consider automatic sprinkler systems, fire hoses and fire-resistant doors and walls.
- Establish a process for alerting the fire department.
- Develop and test an emergency plan with your employees, including evacuation procedures.
- Create a "safety zone" around your building by removing combustible material.
- Avoid open burning, especially close to structures or any flammable materials, including trees, brush, trash, or during the dry season.
- Make sure you have copies of all important documents and photographs of all critical assets stored safely offsite in fire-resistant containers.
Responding to a Wildfire
Although our detection and response capabilities are improving in the United States, we cannot control nature. However, you can mitigate losses with prompt, well-planned response activities. Most importantly, make sure all employees have access to your communication plan, so you can confirm their safety, and they can respond efficiently and effectively. For firefighting gear, visit our Public Safety: Firefighter's Page
Wildfire Response Tips
Escaping the Fire
- Do not lock your facility. Firefighters may need to gain quick entry to fight the fire.
- If you are trapped inside, stay away from outside walls.
- If you are outside and cannot escape the area, find a depression with sparse fuel or a road, and lie face down. Cover yourself with anything that will shield you from the fire's heat.
- If you or someone with you is burned, call 911; cool and cover burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.
Returning to Your Facility
- Check the roof for any fires or embers.
- If you detect heat or smoke when entering, leave immediately.
- Routinely check for smoke and sparks that may ignite for several hours after the fire.
- If you have a safe or strong box, do not open it. These can hold intense heat for several hours, and if opened before the box has cooled, the contents could burst into flames.
Recovering from a Wildfire
Data from past disasters has shown that roughly 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen, so getting back to normal quickly is essential to your business and your employees.
Wildfire Recovery Tips
- Do not return to the facility until local authorities report that it is safe to do so.
- When you do return, wear protective clothing and check with local officials about air quality before entering the area.
- Document damage to your facility and photograph all damage and compare to photographs and documents taken before the fire.
- Report damage to your insurance company.