To be effective these steps should be taken in a logical three-part sequence: those things to be done, maintained, or practiced in advance of any emergency; those to be done when an emergency has been forecast or is likely to happen; those to be done when fire threatens the home. The steps in the last group depend largely for their effectiveness on the manner in which those ill the first two groups are carried out. Similarly those in the second group depend largely on the steps in the first group having been taken.
Whenever a Red Flag Fire Alert is announced by the local fire protection agency or a Santa Ana or similar wind is blowing or other conditions exist that indicate that a wildland fire, if once started, would be likely to turn into a conflagration, homeowners should start carrying out their fire protection plans. At such times checklists, if not previously prepared in the advanced planning phase, should be made and put to use. The house or other structure should be placed in a maximum state of preparedness for defense against fire (Alger 1971; Building News, Inc. 1977; San Bernardino County Bd. Sup. 1974; Smaus 1978 b).
Proposed Standards: Follow any checklist previously prepared and take any of the following actions that are appropriate:
Proposed Standards: Take the following actions upon the approach of a wildland conflagration: