Fire Prevention Month with Smokey the Bear #FirePreventionMonth

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Living in central Texas has taught me the importance of fire prevention. In 2011, my brother in law lost his house and everything in it to the Bastrop fire. It took a long time for them to rebuild. There was another large fire in the same area just this past month, but fortunately their property was safe this time. The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans. In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center). In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.

Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes. We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.

How can you help support Fire Prevention Month?

Learn how to build a SAFE campfire to prevent wildfires
Campfire Safety

See how easily burning debris can start a wildfire
Debris Burning

Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires
Equipment Maintenance

Safety is not only important indoors, but also around your property and community
Community Fire Safety

How to prevent and detect fires inside your home
Home Fire Safety

Understand why some wildfires are caused by careless behavior
It Could Be You

Take the pledge! Do it HERE!
Pledge to be smart when using fire outdoors so you can do your part to prevent wildfires.

Check out this video and Take the Challenge!

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