It’s never too early to prepare for wildfires

Saturday, May 7 is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

With wildfire season already underway, it’s not too early to get ready. Consider these tips to get started:

  • Work with your insurance agent or company to review your insurance coverage. Do you have the right coverage and enough to rebuild?
  • If you’re renting, consider buying renters insurance to protect your personal belongings. Many policies cost around $15 a month.
  • Create a home inventory. Take photos or videos of your belongings in each room of your home. Store the inventory in the cloud or in a location away from your home.
  • Make copies of important identifying and financial documents, including identification and Social Security cards, titles, insurance policy information, tax records, and pet records.
  • Build an emergency kit.
an infographic on preparing for wildfires from WA Department of Natural Resources
Learn more about preparing your home for a wildfire — www.dnr.wa.gov

Preparing the outside of your home and creating defensible space is important before wildfire season hits. There are many actions you can take to protect your home from being a total loss including:

  • Clean out gutters
  • Rake and remove pine needles and dry leaves to a minimum of three to five feet from your home’s foundation
  • Sweep porches and decks
  • Prune low-hanging tree branches to a height of four feet from the ground
  • Add screens to your home’s vents to keep embers from entering

Learn more about wildfire insurance and disaster preparedness today.

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WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler regulates the insurance industry and protects insurance consumers.