Forest fires and wildfires
Bastien Guerche/Sécurité civile
How to avoid starting a fire?
Fires caused by barbecues
Organise your barbecues at home, on a patio and well away from vegetation, which may catch alight.
Use an ash tray to dispose of cigarette ends. Be attentive if you smoke in your car, as hot ash can escape through an open window.
Sparks from work tools
DIY work should be carried out away from lawns and dry grass, and you should have a fire extinguisher at hand, just in case.
What to do in the event of a fire starting?
Raise the alert
If you notice a fire starting, raise the alert by dialling 112, 18 or 114 (for the hard of hearing), and try to locate the fire with precision.
Take shelter in a house while waiting for the emergency services to intervene. The car is not a safe place as it could also catch fire.
Keep up-to-date with the situation and observe instructions given by the emergency services and/or the local council.
How to protect your home in the event of fire?
Take your garden hose indoors before the fire reaches you. You may need it to extinguish the embers once the fire has passed.
Block air vents and cover the gaps under doors to prevent toxic smoke and sparks from entering your home.
Cover your nose and mouth with a damp cloth to protect yourself from the smoke.
How to protect your home in anticipation?
If possible, avoid storing firewood, fuel oil, gas bottles etc. against the walls of your house as their presence could add to the intensity of a fire and help it spread to your home.
Maintain your garden by keeping the grass short and trimming any trees so that they have space between them without touching. The aim is to prevent the fire from reaching your house. These measures are mandatory in identified fire-risk areas.
If you live in an area covered by a forest fire risk prevention plan, equip your house with appropriate safety features (shutters, gutters, roofing, ventilation, etc.).