Chief Michael L. Smith
Emergency Management Director
10 Loring Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-620-4942, Fax: 508-620-4946
The threat of wildland fires for people living near wildland areas or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real. Advance planning and knowing how to protect buildings in these areas can lessen the devastation of a wildland fire.
Learn and teach safe fire practices.
Build fires away from nearby trees or bushes.
Use fire-resistant materials when building, renovating, or retrofitting structures.
Create a safety zone to separate the home from combustible plants and vegetation.
Stone walls can act as heat shields and deflect flames.
Install electrical lines underground, if possible. Keep all tree and
shrub limbs trimmed so they don't come in contact with the wires.
Make evacuation plans from home and from neighborhood.
Have disaster supplies on hand
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
Fire-Resistant Building Materials
Avoid using wooden shakes and shingles for a roof. Use tile, stucco, metal siding, brick, concrete block, rock, or other fire-resistant materials. Use only thick, tempered safety glass in large windows and sliding glass doors.
Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on wildland fires.
Turn on a battery-operated radio to get the latest emergency information.
Remove combustible items from around the house.
Take action to protect your home.
Take care when re-entering a burned wildland area. Hot spots can flare up without warning. Check the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Check the attic for hidden burning sparks. For several hours afterward, re-check for smoke and sparks throughout the home. If trapped in a Wildland Fire
You cannot outrun a fire. Crouch in a pond or river. Cover head and upper body with wet clothing. If water is not around, look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks. Lie flat and cover body with wet clothing or soil.
Breathe the air close to the ground through a wet cloth to avoid scorching lungs or inhaling smoke.
Mitigation includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in preventive mitigation steps now such as installing a spark arrestor on your chimney, cleaning roof surfaces and gutters regularly, and using only fire resistant materials on the exterior of your home, will help reduce the impact of wildland fires in the future. For more information on mitigation, contact your local emergency management office.
Firewise Information for people who live, vacation, or own vacation homes in fire prone areas.
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