Best Practices for Aftermath of Wildfires

  • • Drinking water systems, electrical systems, and sewage disposal systems must be back in proper operating order before children can re-enter the area.
  • • The structures must be inspected and found to be sound and habitable before children can re-enter the area.
  • • Ash and debris must be removed or at least isolated from areas where children will be living, going to school, or playing.
  • • All roads and approaches to various facilities and homes must be cleared and cleaned.
  • • Never use gasoline or kerosene appliances including generators in enclosed spaces as a source of electricity.
  • • Be careful to avoid ash pits or burned stumps of trees, which may be very hot.
  • • Wear protective facemasks and goggles as well as protective clothing when cleaning up ashes and debris.
  • • Wet down ashes before removing.
  • • Wash all homegrown fruits, vegetables, and children’s toys before using.
  • • Remove all water-damaged building materials which could result in the growth of mold and check frequently for mold growth.
  • • Discard all foods which have not been stored in proper temperatures during the shutoff of electricity and refrigeration.
  • • Discard all foods which have been exposed to heat, fire, smoke, or water.
  • • Check the child’s behavioral patterns frequently to determine if professional assistance is needed to deal with the aftermath of the trauma.
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