In their twelve-month series of featured wildfire artwork and themes from young artists, the Napa County, CA Firewise program’s April theme is “Conducting a Home Fire Drill.”
Inspiration for this month’s theme came from 8-year-old Natalie Tedder, a student at Snow School and a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley. Her artwork of a fast moving wildfire and burning home captures the importance of ensuring you have a home fire escape plan and that it’s practiced at least twice a year by everyone in the home. Practice both a primary and secondary way out, knowing the second way out is important in case the first one should be blocked. For in-depth home fire escape planning tips visit NFPA. Take your home fire drill one step further; after you’ve practiced the home drill load your family into one vehicle (if there's enough seat belts for everyone) and drive two different routes out of your neighborhood. In a wildfire your primary egress route may be blocked by fire and you'd need to be familiar with a second way out.
Our congratulations to Natalie for being selected as April’s Artist of the Month!