Social Media: Wildfire
Please help the NWS spread these important safety messages on social media! Everyone is welcome to use the text and images provided below to help the NWS build a Weather-Ready Nation.
- Wildfire Statistics
- Wildfire Partners
- IMET Article
- What to Do if You Spot a Wildfire
- Smoke Safety - Health
- Smoke Safety - Sources
- Smoke Safety - Protection
- Air Quality Index
- Create a Communications Plan
- Drones Near Wildfires
- Wildfire Worker Safety - OSHA
Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than seven million acres on average, per year. Drier conditions can fuel wildfires. Be Ready, Be Firewise. Photo courtesy of InciWeb. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ready.shtml
Drier conditions can fuel wildfires. Be Ready, Be Firewise. #WildfireSafety
NOAA's National Weather Service works with federal and state wildland managers to protect lives and property in and around America's wildlands. A visit to our Wildfire Safety site will help you prepare, be aware and act early if a wildfire comes your way. Photo courtesy of InciWeb.
www.weather.gov/wildfire #WildfireSafety (If applicable, tag relevant state agencies)
Did you know that National Weather Service meteorologists work on-scene at large wildfires? These Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) go through extensive training and work in rough conditions to support wildfire fighting and containment operations. Learn what it’s like for an IMET working a wildfire: www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/imet_article.html
Did you know that @NWS Meteorologists work on-scene at large wildfires?
What to Do if You Spot a Wildfire
Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire? You should walk or drive away from the fire immediately and call 911 to report it! Weather conditions and the type of ground cover (trees, dry grass, etc) can make the fire change direction quickly so it is important that you stay far away from the blaze. Leaving the area will also make it easier for firefighters and rescue workers to get to the scene. Learn more at www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety
Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire? www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety
Smoke Safety - Health
Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Learn how you can protect your health and be safe if you are exposed to wildfire smoke. Photo courtesy of InciWeb.
Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety
Smoke Safety - Sources
Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning vegetation, building materials, and other materials. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick, even someone who is healthy. Photo courtesy of InciWeb.http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp
Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick, even someone healthy. Protect yourself! http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety
Smoke Safety - Protection
During a wildfire, dustmasks aren’t enough! They won’t protect you from the fine particles in wildfire smoke. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index photo courtesy of USGS.
Dustmasks aren’t enough to protect you from the wildfire smoke particles. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index #WildfireSafety photo @usgs
Air Quality Index
During wildfire season, visit AirNow to get the Air Quality Index in your area. Wildfire smoke contains microscopic particles that can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main
During wildfire season, stay healthy. Get the Air Quality Index in your area. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main #WildfireSafety
Create a Communications Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Create a Family Communications Plan. http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #WildfireSafety
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Make a plan http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #WildfireSafety
Drones Near Wildfires
If you fly, we can’t! Drones near wildfires are not safe. Only authorized aircraft are permitted near wildfires. Let wildland firefighters do their job to keep the public safe.
If you fly, we can’t! Drones near wildfires are not safe.