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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fireplace Safety

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

•Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.

•Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.

•Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.

•Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.

•Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.

•Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.

•Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.

•Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

Safely Burn Fuels

•Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.

•Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup.

•Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.

•Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.

•When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.

•Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.

•Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside your home.

Protect the Outside of Your Home

•Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.

•Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.

•Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.

•Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

Protect the Inside of Your Home

•Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.

•Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.

•Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Children Drown Without A Sound

Too often people say,” I only turned my back for a few seconds “

Unfortunately, a few second is all it takes.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional or accidental injury-related deaths to children

Here is how you can make a difference.

Prevention Tips

• Supervise! Never leave a child alone near a pool, or spa, bathtub, pond, toilet, or any standing water.

• Assign an adult water watcher to keep their eyes on the water at all times.

• Never rely on devices or swimming lessons to protect children.

Be prepared

• Learn CPR & first aid.

• Know your neighborhood and the homes your children visit, is there a pool and is it properly protected?

• If the children will be swimming, who will be supervising them?

• Keep rescue equipment at or near the pool, learn how to swim and use proper rescue techniques.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Information

CAL FIRE is warning the public of the state's zero tolerance regarding the use or sale of illegal fireworks.

CAL FIRE is working closely with local law enforcement and firefighting agencies to seize illegal fireworks and prosecute those found in possession of them.

Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other miscellaneous types that explode, go up in the air, or move about the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. Those convicted could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year.

In 286 communities in the state, "safe and sane" fireworks are permitted. However, State fire officials want to remind those who choose to purchase legal fireworks this year to make sure they purchase only those with the "Safe and Sane" State Fire Marshal seal they are only used in the community where they are purchased. It is illegal to sell, transport, posses, or use any fireworks in areas where they are not allowed. Even "Safe
and Sane" fireworks can be dangerous if used unsafe.
Always read directions.

Always have an adult present.

Use fireworks outdoors only.

Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials.

Light one at a time. Keep a safe distance.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Never experiment with fireworks.

Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.

Never attempt to re-light or "fix" fireworks.

Do not wear loose fitting clothing.

Never carry fireworks in your pockets.

Fireworks are not toys.

Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks........

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Defensible Space Days

This past week CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority kicked off Defensible Space Days to remind the public the importance of having that safety zone around your home. County Supervisors Jacob and Slate-Price joined Ray Fernandez Chief Administrative Officer of the County's Public Safety Group, CAL FIRE /San Diego County Fire Authority Chief Howard Windsor and Ron Lane Director of Office of Emergency Services in stressing the importance of  having defensible space. Fire department personnel were out in force to pass out informative fliers and answer any questions. Please remember that this was not just this past week and all of us need to be prepared, if you need any information or have any questions please contact your local fire department.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wildfire Awareness Week


SACRAMENTO – With fire season around the corner, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will declare May

1-7, 2011 “Wildfire Awareness Week”. During that week, CAL FIRE is urging homeowners to be ready

for wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers

wildfires pose, but also to educate them on how to prepare their property.

So far this year, California has experienced above average rainfall across the state. The increased

precipitation has left many areas abundantly green and overgrown. However, as warmer temperatures and

drier conditions occur, the grass and brush will begin to dry out and the fire danger will dramatically

increase. “This year’s fire season has not started as early as it has in years past,” said Chief Ken Pimlott,

CAL FIRE acting director. “That's why residents should take the time now, while the grass is still green, to

make sure they are ready for California's wildfires.”

This year’s theme for Wildfire Awareness Week is once again the nationwide fire preparedness campaign

of “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and

hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. “This week is a great time for residents to start

getting themselves ready for wildfires,” said Chief Pimlott. “It’s the combination of both Defensible Space

and the hardening of homes that give a home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.”

Last summer, CAL FIRE launched a new website, http://www.readyforwildfire.org/ to assist homeowners in

preparing for wildfires. The site offers steps residents should take to make their home more resistant to

wildfires and to ensure that their family is ready to evacuate early and safely when a wildfire strikes.

CAL FIRE will use Wildfire Awareness Week as an opportunity to answer questions about fire safety and

how to be better prepared in an emergency situation.

Wildfire Awareness Week schedule:
 Friday, May 6: Press Conference, CAL FIRE / San Diego Rural Fire District Fire Station, Jamul at 11 a.m.