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September is Preparedness Month
~ Be prepared for wildfires ~


Posted on 9/2/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
September 2, 2008701-328-8100


Bismarck, ND - With fall fire season nearly upon us, the ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) reminds North Dakotans that dry conditions exist in many areas of the state and the risk of wild fire continues to be high. It is important to be aware of a few important factors that will ensure that you and your family are safe.

Learn and teach safe fire practices.

  • Build fires away from nearby trees or bushes.
  • Always have a way to extinguish the fire quickly and completely.
  • Never leave a fire--even a cigarette--burning unattended.
  • Avoid open burning completely, and especially during dry season.
Always be ready for an emergency evacuation.

  • Know where to go and what to bring with you.
  • Plan several escape routes in case roads are blocked by a wildfire.
  • Children should be aware of evacuation routes and families should practice them together.
Know how to report a fire.

  • Be aware of your surroundings so you can give a good and accurate location.
  • Give an approximate size and describe any homes or structures that may be threatened.
  • Stay on the line to help give further information as requested.
  • Report any suspicious vehicles and activities.
For more information about fire safety and additional tips for keeping your property safe, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire/wf_prepare.shtm

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