California has already had a terribly difficult fire season, but the Santa Ana Winds could make that season continue long into the fall and winter months. The winds are well known for fanning California’s wildfires and can really kick up with the hot, dry air that wildfires seem to love. With the fire danger already quite high in California, it’s important to know the fire safety precautions for your area, discuss fire safety with your family and be ready, should a terrible emergency occur.
The Santa Ana winds can also kick up some big ocean waves, usually from the northeast. Normally calm harbors can suddenly become high surf areas with strong winds that have the power to rip boats from the shore. If you’re considering hitting the beach, be sure to check the forecast to make certain that the conditions are safe and that you won’t end up in a truly dangerous situation. If the local forecast calls for high winds or you have conditions with high surf, it’s always best to be safe rather than sorry.
Of course, sometimes it’s just the winds themselves that cause all the damage. The Santa Ana winds can create some very high gusts, sometimes topping out at more than 80 miles per hour. Those gusts can be strong enough to knock down trees, traffic signals and power lines, which can be quite dangerous to anyone in the area. Not only do you risk being without power due to these high wind gusts, but if you’re anywhere outside when a strong wind kicks up, you can physically be in a dangerous situation. Make sure – especially if the winds are very high – that you stay far away from any power lines and find a central area of your home (away from windows) to wait out the gusts. You may never have a problem, but it’s always best to be prepared.