Wildfires can be a devastating force, spreading quickly and igniting weeds, trees, and even homes. In Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) Department is dedicated to protecting the 1.5 million residents and 10,000 first responders from the dangers of wildfires. To reduce the risk of a wildfire, it is important to prepare now before one occurs. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of a fire.
Meet with your family.
Before a wildfire occurs, meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. This will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows what to do in an emergency.
Protect your property. Take steps to protect your property from wildfires. Clear away any debris or flammable materials from around your home.
Make sure that all windows and doors are closed and locked. Install fire-resistant shutters or screens on windows and doors.
Install fire extinguishing wells. Suffolk County approved funding for fire extinguishing wells in the area. These wells can help contain a wildfire and prevent it from spreading further.
Make sure that these wells are properly maintained and inspected regularly.
Be aware of prescribed fires. The Central Pine Barrens State Joint Planning and Policy Commission, together with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, use prescribed fires as part of their wildfire prevention strategy. These fires are carefully monitored and controlled by trained wildfirefighters.
Know who to call. In the event of a wildfire, it is important to know who to call for help.
The Suffolk County Fire Department is committed to responding quickly and efficiently to any wildland fires that occur in the area. If you have any information about a fire, call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. By taking these steps now, you can help reduce the risk of a wildfire occurring in Suffolk County. Be prepared and stay safe!.