You might feel you're prepared for a wildfire because you've read about how to prevent wildfires and reduce the risk of your business being destroyed by a fire (especially if your office is located in an area prone to drought).
But do you know how to protect yourself and your employees after a fire?
Just because a wildfire has been extinguished doesn't necessarily mean that your business is in the clear. To keep your employees and business safe, it's important to be aware of the aftereffects of a wildfire.
Avoid Wildfire Smoke
It's important to note that the smoke that lingers after a fire is different from other types of fumes, because it carries a mixture of gases and fine particles from plant materials. These particles are dangerous and can cause health problems such as pneumonia.
If the local air quality reports for your area are unsafe, you may need to consider relocating your employees to an alternate fixed-site facility or a mobile unit outside the affected area.
Prepare for Power Outages
Wildfires, as with any disaster, aren't always preventable. The key to surviving them is to be prepared. For more safety tips and details about wildfires, visit ready.gov/wildfires.