Home Safety Guides

Wildfire LOOKOUT! Flyer

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Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii.

Help do your part by preventing wildfire and following these 14 easy action ideas to prepare your home, family, and community. 

Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii: Your Personal Wildland Fire Action Guide

Front cover of the booklet.

Front cover of the booklet.

Over a year ago, we received 10,000 copies (that's 40 extremely heavy boxes) of the first ever Hawaii version of the Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide. We still have a storehouse of these amazingly handy guides. 

We encourage every household and landowner/manager in the state of Hawaii to get a hold of the guide.

In this Action Guide, we hope to provide tips and tools you need to prepare for a wildland fire threat (Ready), have situational awareness when a fire starts (Set), and to evacuate early (Go!).

Features include:

  • Hawaii's Growing Wildland Fire Problem

  • Actions You Can Take Today

  • Defensible Space Creation - Hawaiian Style

  • How to Harden Your Home

  • Ready, Set, Go Action Guide Checklist for Your House and Family

  • Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist

  • Ready, Set, Go Action Guide Checklist for Large Landowners and Land Managers

  • Emergency Contacts and Info. Worksheet

  • Our Family's Home Evacuation Plan Worksheet

  • Residential Safety Checklist

  • And More!

Contact us if you would like copies to distribute to your friends, family members, neighbors, or anyone else you can think of. We are also able to hold Ready, Set, Go! workshops upon request in your community. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming workshops and events where we will be handing out the guides. Or, come by our office in Waimea (Kamuela) where we have boxes full of the guides!

The guide was produced by Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service and with the help of HWMO's partners from the Pacific Fire Exchange, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Division of Forestry and Wildlife, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Fire Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, and Maui Fire Department, in a cooperative effort with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. HWMO is an equal opportunity employer. 

This Hawaii version of the RSG Action Plan was made possible by The Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326 W. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Mahalo to IAFC for spearheading the collaboration and arranging for and funding the massive print-job!

Wildfire Research Fact Sheet: Decks

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Firewise's new wildfire research fact sheet has some great information on how to reduce the ignitability of your deck or lanai. It's just one page but packed with useful information.

From the Source: 

"MANY HOMES LOCATED IN WILDFIRE-PRONE AREAS HAVE ATTACHED DECKS, WHICH CAN POTENTIALLY SPREAD FIRE TO THE HOUSE WHEN IGNITED DURING A WILDFIRE. A burning deck can ignite siding or break the glass in doors or windows, allowing fi re to gain entry into the house. Consequently, making decks less vulnerable to wildfire also makes your house less vulnerable. Reducing the deck’s vulnerability requires an approach that focuses on the materials and design features used to build the deck, and creating a noncombustible zone around and under the deck."

ADT Fire Safety Tips for Kids

"It’s inevitable that your child will be curious about fire. The best way to teach fire safety for kids is to talk to them about the dangers. Make sure to also keep lighters and matches away from small children, and always talk about fire safety. Tips for teaching fire safety for kids can be found online, along with workbooks and fun guides, like our Fire Safety Packet! Make learning about child safety fun for your kids with these fire safety tips, and they’ll be more likely to remember what to do if there’s ever an emergency.

Does your family have an escape plan in place in the event of a fire? If not, teach your kids about what to do and set a meeting point for the family, a safe distance away from the house.

As your children grow, they want to do everything you do – including cooking. Because of the many fire-related risks of cooking, it’s important to be extra careful when your kids want to help in the kitchen. Make sure they understand the dangers related to cooking and don’t play around in the kitchen."

Air Oasis Family Fire Safety Guide Library

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"Being prepared is one of the biggest things is creating a family fire safety plan. This would be utilized in the event of a fire so that all family members know what to do and where to go. In addition, in the event of a fire it is important to realize that the air will be filled with smoke and breathing this air will be a danger. In addition to the dangers of fire, one of the leading causes of death in a fire is from inhaling smoke.

To assist families in being safe in a fire, and more importantly to prevent fires, we have put together the following resources. Please feel free to use this information to keep your family safe. Also, share the information with others who can benefit from this page. And, most importantly – stay safe!"

US Insurance Agents Home Fire Safety Guides and Educational Resources Library

"Although home fires have decreased drastically over the last thirty-five years, they still happen frequently. In fact, over 369,000 home fires occur in the United States each year, resulting in $6.8 billion worth of damage. Many of these fires are preventable, but some are not. Learn about the steps you can take to keep your family safe in the event of a fire, because when it comes to home fires, preparation can mean the difference in life and death."

Bushfire Garden Recovery Video Series

Bushfire Garden Recovery Video Series

Plenty of great tips on how to garden and landscape around your home to minimize wildfire risk. Although the area of focus is in Australia, many of the takeaways can apply directly to your home in Hawaii. It also makes an impact to hear about real stories from community members who experienced wildfire threats first-hand and learn from how they made their homes safer.

CalFire Set Brochure

Excellent, nicely put-together brochure outlining the Set portion of the Ready, Set, Go! Program.