With an extremely low snow year behind us, fire prevention and preparation is top of mind for all of us who live in the Tahoe Basin.
In an effort to help us all be prepared, I am sharing a blog from last year that is just as relevant, if not more so, this year.
The following article written by Tia Rancourt, Public Education/Information Officer, for the North Lake Tahoe Fire District. If you would like more information, please contact her directly at 775-813-8106, firstname.lastname@example.org
WEATHER & FIRE SAFETY INFORMATION – PREPARING FOR FIRE EVACUATION
As we have been experiencing lately, fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike.
- If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
- Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
- Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
- Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
- There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
- If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.
Facts & figures from National Fire Protection Association:
- During 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 22,600 fires started by lightning. These fires caused annual averages of
- 9 civilian deaths
- 53 civilian injuries
- $451 million in direct property damage
- Fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening.
- For more information on lightning safety please visit www.nfpa.org.
Please keep in mind that with the drier than normal conditions this summer, it is important to create and maintain defensible space around your home. Visit tahoelivingwithfire.com for more information and “Fight fire with a plan.”
Prepare your family, property, and possessions now before a wildfire starts by creating a plan:
- Develop a family evacuation plan
- Create and maintain defensible space
- Assemble a Go-bag and a disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle
- Sign up for emergency notifications for residents and visitors and stay informed
- Reduce the threat of wildfire by learning about embers and how to harden your home.
If you plan on water recreation activities on Lake Tahoe, please remember the temperature can be colder than most, as it is an Alpine lake. Whether boating, jet skiing, kayaking, rafting, paddle boarding or swimming, it is important to inform yourself about the colder temperatures and the forecasted weather as it can change very quickly, please visit National Weather Service.
On behalf of our entire team at Borelli Architecture in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, we encourage you to take preventative measures as noted above. Be safe.
James P. Borelli
Lake Tahoe / Truckee