Tips for how to help and stay safe during and after a wildfire

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A wildfire can start at any moment without warning. They move fast and often unpredictably. However, you can be prepared in the event you have to evacuate your home or your home loses power.

Below you will find tips on how to prepare and what to look for when you return home:


How to prepare for a wildfire evacuation

If your household is under voluntary or potential evacuations, begin to prepare your home and get ready to leave. If mandatory evacuations are ordered, it's important to leave as fast as possible. Here are steps to take to prepare for a wildfire evacuation.

Safety tips to remember when returning home after wildfire

For so many wildfire evacuees, the "all clear" to return home is welcome, but bittersweet. As residents return to see what remains, there are some very specific safety precautions to keep in mind.

N95 mask with valve is good for smoke, bad for COVID-19

Wearing a mask to protect yourself from getting or transmitting the coronavirus has become common practice over the past several months, but now we may also need to wear masks while outside to protect our lungs from the smoky air.

How wildfire smoke can impact your health

Every year, millions of acres of land are burned in wildfires across the United States, and the smoke they produce could be cause for concern.

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Below you find a list of community and national organizations who are providing relief to those impacted by the Bay Area wildfires:


What to do right now to prep for a planned power outage

If you know power outages may happen, here are a few things you can do to prepare for the blackout right now. Seriously - once you're done reading this article, go do these things. You'll be glad you did.

Here's how to store electricity before a power outage

One of the biggest lifelines in a power outage can be your cellphone. But will it keep working during an outage? If you plan ahead, you can store up electricity in those devices. Here's how.

How to drive safely during a power outage

When the power goes out or is shut off, drivers should exercise caution on the roadways as power outages will likely impact stoplights and other traffic signals. If you can stay off the road during an outage, do so. If you need to travel or if the power goes out while you're on the road, here are some safety tips to keep in mind.


Get the latest updates and videos on wildfires burning across the Bay Area here.