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Sonora, Ca — With wildfires throughout Southern California, the Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross is encouraging residents to reduce fire risks now. This includes doing the following:

Install a smoke detector on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries two times each year.

Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher and show them where it is kept.

Create a 30 to 100ft. safety zone around your home. Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.

Follow local burning regulations.

Listen to the radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.

Make plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate.

If you are warned that a wildfire is threatening the area, arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relatives home outside the area.

The Red Cross also advises that everyone assemble a disaster supply kit. This should include a three day water supply, food that won´t spoil, medications, sanitation supplies, extra pair of eyeglasses, radio, flashlight, clothing, shoes and extra money.

Written by BJ Hansen