Fire Prevention and Protection Simple Guidelines

As the temperatures rise thought it was worth sharing this guidance from the Civil Protection Authroity in Greece, these are the people who issue the daily the daily fire prevention maps.

It is this agency who inform the local authorities when the risk is too high to allow people and vehicles into Ainos National Park.

Below is an example of the fire map which is for tomorrow and you can see we are in level 2 , usually 4/5 means further actions needed.


Fire Prevention and Protection Simple Guidelines


If you are in the countryside

  • Do not burn garbage or dry greens and branches during the summer months.
  • Do not light up outdoor grills in the woods or in dry places in the summer.
  • Avoid work that may cause a fire (eg welding, wheel or other sparking tools).
  • Do not throw lit cigarettes.
  • Do not leave the rubbish in the forest. There is a risk of ignition.
  • Respect prohibitive access to periods of high risk.

 If your home is in or near a forest

  • Create a fire zone around the house cleaning at least 10 meters of dry grasses and leaves, pine needles and branches.
  • Prune the trees up to the height of 3 meters, depending on their age and condition.
  • Remove the dry branches from trees and shrubs.
  • Do not let tree branches touch the walls, the roof and the balconies of the house. Prune them away at least 5 meters away from the house.
  • Dilute the tree vegetation so that the branches of one tree are at least 3 meters away from the branches of the other. For even greater protection we remove the tree and bushy vegetation around the building at a distance of at least 10 meters if the natural vegetation cleaning operations required to protect the buildings are in no way impacted by forest law provisions.
  • Do not place plastic gutters or pipes on the walls of the house.
  • Do not place shutters on flammable materials on windows and balcony doors.
  • Make sure that the covers in the chimneys and the ducts of the house are of non-flammable material so that sparks do not penetrate.
  • Do not store flammable objects near the house.
  • Place firewood in enclosed and sheltered areas.
  • Do not make uncovered fuel tanks near the house.
  • Buy the appropriate fire extinguishers and take care of their maintenance.
  • Equip yourself with a watering pipe with a length similar to the area you want to protect.
  • Equip yourself with a water tank, a simple pump running without electricity and a water pipe.

Once you get a fire

  • Call directly at the Fire Service (tel.199) and provide clear information on: 
    – the location and exact location you are, 
    – the location, exact location and direction of the fire. 
    – the type of vegetation that is burned.


If the fire approaches your home

  • Keep your temper.
  • Transfer all flammable materials from the enclosure to enclosed and protected areas.
  • Close all passages (chimneys, windows, doors, etc.) so that the burners do not penetrate the inside of the house.
  • Close natural gas and liquid fuel supplies in and out of the house.
  • Collect the awnings on the balconies and windows.
  • Facilitate access to firefighting vehicles by opening the garden door.
  • Lay a ladder on the outside of the house, unlike the direction of the fire to allow direct access to the roof.
  • Connect the watering pipes and spread them to cover the perimeter of the house.
  • If the visibility is reduced, turn on its interior and exterior lights to make it visible through the smoke.

Once the fire has passed

  • Get out of the house and immediately turn off the remaining microwaves.
  • Check for at least 48 hours, at regular intervals, the perimeter and the outdoors of the house for the possibility of overheating.

If the fire has reached your home

  • Do not leave the building unless your escape is fully secured.
  • Do not get inside a car. The probability of survival in a house made of non-flammable materials is much greater than that in a car that is found in smoke and flames.
  • If you stay at home: 
    – Close the doors and windows. 
    – Block the creases with wet sails so that the smoke does not enter. 
    – Remove the curtains from the windows. 
    – Move the furniture near the windows and outside doors inside the rooms. 
    – Close the intermediate doors to slow the spread of the fire. 
    – Fill the bathtub, washbasins and buckets with backup water. 
    – Collect all together in one room. 
    – Make sure there is a flashlight and spare batteries with you in case of power failure.
  • If your house is wooden look for a shelter in a built house.
  • If you ordered organized removal from the area, follow the instructions of the Authorities and the routes that will be given to you.

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