When most people in the United States think of wildfires, what first springs to mind are regions along the West Coast with a dry, warm climate. However, wildfires aren’t limited to a particular region. Even humid and lush Florida, more commonly known for tropical storms, can be prone to them. Wildfires can be tragic and damaging events. They may be caused by climate change, lightning strikes, sparks from faulty machinery, or a cigarette butt. Additionally, wildfires can spread in all directions very quickly. Here are some wildfire preparedness tips for business owners.
How to Prepare for Wildfires
Learn how to deal with the effects of wildfires before they strike:
- Look up mobile apps and text alert services that can notify you in the event of a wildfire.
- Prepare your commercial property for a wildfire. This can include:
- Have a communications plan for your employees. Social media features can be used if you need to let others know you are safe. Text messages and emails can also be used if you find yourself unable to make phone calls.
- Prepare and rehearse fire safety and escape plans so that each of your employees is aware of what they should do in case of an emergency.
- Prepare an updated inventory list of your possessions. This can help you prove your loss to the insurance company if your property is damaged.
What to Do During a Wildfire
- Pay attention to all warnings from officials. If asked to evacuate, do so immediately. This is why it is so important that everyone is aware of an evacuation plan, which will help them to move quickly and decisively.
- Keep any radios and televisions on the property turned on so that you can be constantly alerted of any developments.
- To protect your property, close and lock all windows, doors, and vents. Also turn off any propane tanks, natural gas, and fuel oil at the source.
What to Do After a Fire
- Do not return to the area unless officials have declared that it is safe to do so.
- Exercise caution when entering damaged areas as they could still be hazardous.
- Document all damages to prove your claim to your insurance advisor.
What you do as a business and property owner before, during, and immediately after the wildfire can have a significant effect on your property damage claim after the disaster. When you take these extra steps to prepare your property for a wildfire, you limit the damages caused by them. Most importantly, you can maximize the safety of yourself and your employees.
If you are a wildfire victim and are facing significant losses due to fire damage, contact our public adjusters today.