Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week: Temperature Extremes and Wildfires
Despite being known as the Sunshine State, Florida’s temperature can range from warm and toasty to frosty in a matter of hours, with unprecedented cold fronts breezing through during winter months. Because heat loss can occur rapidly when cold temperatures and strong winds combine it is imperative that we protect people, plants, and pets. Wearing multiple layers of clothing, covering plants, and bringing pets indoors are all ways to keep the warmth in.
Just as cold temperatures can reach surprising lows, conditions which foster wildfires are part of Florida’s nature. In a typical year, Florida will see over 4,600 fires. Yet, the most common cause of wildfires are human-caused. Arson, discarding a lit cigarette, bonfires and campfires not extinguished properly are some of the common culprits behind wildfires.
Be it a hurricane, lightning storm, or extreme temperatures preparedness is vital. Ocala Fire Rescue encourages the public to be proactive and commence work on their disaster plans today. For more information, visit www.floridadisaster.org.