It is warming up here in California, meaning that fire season is growing closer. Nobody wants to experience a wildfire burning near their home, which means that everyone should do their part in preventing wildfires.

California’s Mediterranean climate makes it easy for wildfires to get started. All it takes is one spark on a windy day, and several acres can be burned in an instant. To prevent this from happening, it is important that everyone be safe and responsible whenever there is a fire of any sort involved.

To best be prepared for fires inside the house, homeowners should:

• Check the batteries in the smoke detectors
• Practice fire drills with the family
• Have a working fire extinguisher available

Meanwhile, homeowners outside the house should:

• Keep a safe space free of plants around your house
• Use outdoor machinery before 10 a.m. when the humidity is high
• Follow proper guidelines for burning branches and leaf debris
• Have an evacuation plan ready to go in case of wildfires

Doing all of this can help protect your home and family from fires.

In the case of wildfires, it is important to follow what the firefighters and local law enforcement tell you. If they say evacuate, do it. You do not want to wait until it is too late to do anything. There are far too many stories of people who died in a wildfire because they were told to evacuate but ignored the order. Remember, firefighters and law enforcement officers know what they are talking about, and you should take their advice when it comes to wildfires.

Doing all of this will help keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire, which is all anybody wants.