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- Invest in fire-resistant Class A rated roofing materials to ensure that your roof will not catch fire.
- Use tempered glass when installing windows; regular kinds of glass can easily crack under intense heat.
- Keep your lawn and surrounding areas free of flammable material and make sure your firewood is kept far from your home.
- Reduce the density of trees around your home and plant new trees sparsely, to slow the advance of a potential wildfire.
- Make sure to have fire extinguishers around the house, and be sure your family understands how to use them.
- Maintain your smoke alarms regularly: check batteries frequently and replace them as needed.
- Prepare an escape plan and make sure every member of your family knows it by heart.
Keep in mind that in the event of a wildfire, follow the instructions of emergency personnel. If it is deemed to be in your best interest to leave your premises altogether, it is a wise idea to take their advice seriously.