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Wildfire Preparedness

Check the weather before you burn. Notify the SC Forestry Commission. Clear a firebreak around the material being burned. Have sufficient tools and water on hand to prevent the fire from spreading if it does happen to escape the firebreak. Stay with the fire at all times. Extinguish the fire completely.

Think Before You Burn

Be Prepared.

Understand the laws about burning.

Respect the weather.

Never leave your fire.

How to prepare your home for wildfires

  • To reduce ember ignitions and fire spread, trim branches that overhang the home.
  • Remove plants containing oils, and waxes.
  • Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches.
  • Keep your landscape in good condition.
  • Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection.
  • Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.

Stay safe after a wildfire

  • Continue to check air quality reports.
  • protect yourself against ash when you clean up. wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and shoes and socks to protect your skin. Wear goggles to protect your eyes.
  • Be careful around damaged buildings or structures.
  • Drive safely.

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