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Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Safety Tips

CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority would like to wish you and your family a very safe and fun Halloween. The most important thing to remember is safety first,not just for Halloween but holidays throughout the year. During Halloween people take to the streets to gather their treats and visit haunted houses with incredible decorations,Please read the following safety tips and remember to be careful.




Don’t Frankenstein Your Lights
Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage. Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples.


Inspect Decorations with Fiendish Care
Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard. Look for a red UL mark to indicate that lights are certified for both indoor and outdoor use. A green UL mark indicates certification for indoor use only.


Beware of Candles!
Candles, especially in a Jack O’Lantern, should be off the ground and out of children’s reach. Try battery-operated LED candles for an even safer option.


Don’t Trip Up Your Goblins
Halloween costumes should allow full movement for your kids. Costumes that drag, constrict or drape pose a dangerous hazard, especially at night. Check to ensure that costumes don’t restrict your children’s vision, and instruct them to watch out for tripping hazards, such as cords.


Say Boo! to Unsafe Costumes
Be sure to purchase or make costumes out of flame-resistant materials such as nylon or polyester as these specially marked fabrics will resist burning and extinguish quickly. Make sure your child knows to stop, drop and roll in case their costume catches fire.


Be Safe and Bright
Choose costumes that are lighter in color and attach reflective materials to costumes. Make sure each child has a flashlight to help them see and be seen.


Keep Hungry Monsters from Feeding
Never let your kids eat Halloween candy before you inspect it in the light at home. Even if you know your neighbors, you should always check to be safe and throw away open candy or anything that looks at all suspicious.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

No Burn Proclamation

As of October 27th, 2010 CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Authority has issued a no burn proclamation to the San Diego County areas. This proclamation was issued due to the moderate Santa Ana wind conditions that are predicted until Thursday morning. As weather condition's change the department will continue to evaluate the no burn notice. Here in Southern California we have had above normal rainfall which lessons the chance for a major fire, with that said there is still potential and we remind all residents to remain vigilant and stay prepared. WWW.READYFORWILDFIRE,ORG is a great resource to gather valuable information for you and your family.

Monday, October 25, 2010

CAL FIRE Cares Enough to Wear Pink

Firefighters wear pink shirts to show support for cancer research- Californians across San Diego County and the state may notice something a little different when they see CAL FIRE firefighters this week. That’s because firefighters, dispatchers and other employees of the state’s fire department will be showing their support for the battle against breast cancer by wearing pink T-shirts on duty. Like fire departments across the country, CAL FIRE is participating in the 2010 national “Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign taking place October 25 - 27, 2010. Over 900 Fire departments and emergency response agencies across the United States are participating in the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign, which raises money and attention to cancer. The campaign is part of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when wearing pink signifies support for breast cancer research. “There is a proven correlation between cancer and our chosen profession, but cancer, in its many forms, also affects millions of people worldwide and I hope we can help raise funds to find a cure and send a strong message of hope to those suffering from this disease,” said Chief Del Walters, director of CAL FIRE. “CAL FIRE is one of the largest fire departments in the nation and I believe the over 8,000 men and women of our department have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to this worthwhile effort by voluntarily joining me in "caring enough to wear pink" during this campaign,” said Walters. 100 percent of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales generated by CAL FIRE’s employee's voluntary participation are being donated to cancer related non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CAL FIRE NOW ISSUING BURN PERMITS

Each year CAL FIRE receives hundreds of questions regarding burn permits. Below are some helpful hints to assist you. If you have further questions please contact your local CAL FIRE station or call 
619-590-3100.
WHERE CAN I REQUEST A BURN  PERMIT?

Drive to the closest CAL FIRE station and fill out a burn permit. Your site will then be inspected to ensure you meet all requirements of the permit.

 Pile burning requires a minimum of 10’ clearance of all flammable vegetation and combustibles around your burn pile.

 An adult must be in attendance at all times. Hand tools and water shall be available and in place on-site during burning.

 You must call each day prior to burning, call after 8:15 am.

 Be prepared to give your permit number, name, and location.

 Burning hours vary depending on the time of year. Contact your local fire station for burning hours.

 A valid permit must be at the burn site and presented upon request to any California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) official for inspection.

 Only piles that have been inspected at the time of permit issuance may be burned.

WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO BURN?

Open pile burning is for agricultural and or fire hazard reduction only. No tires, trash, plastics, scrap metal or lumber may be burned. All burn piles shall be free of dirt, soil, and visible surface moisture.

HOW MUCH DOES A BURN PERMIT COST?

Burn permits are free and are vaild for 15 days only and must be renewed whether you have burned or not.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

National Weather Service Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED AN * URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... VISTA... SAN DIEGO... RAMONA... POWAY... OCEANSIDE...NATIONAL CITY...LEMON GROVE...LA MESA...IMPERIAL BEACH...ESCONDIDO...ENCINITAS...EL CAJON...DEL MAR...CORONADO... CHULA VISTA...CARLSBAD...BORREGO SPRINGS... * UNTIL 315 PM PDT * AT 1217 PM PDT...SHOWERS WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WERE MOVING WEST ACROSS SAN DIEGO COUNTY. HEAVIEST RAINFALL WAS OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERT FOOTHILLS...BUT LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WAS ALSO OCCURRING ON SOME COASTAL MESAS. RAINFALL WILL MOVE WEST AT 30 MPH. LOCAL RAINFALL RATES WILL EXCEED ONE-HALF INCH PER HOUR. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS... AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS... HIGHWAYS... STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.


IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Overnight Fire Destroys Outbuilding

On the morning of October 17, 2010 firefighters from CAL FIRE-Ramona Fire Department responded to a reported Barn Fire in the 1900 block of El Paso Street in Ramona. Upon arrival firefighters encountered a fully involved outbuilding containing chickens and hay. The fire was controlled within 15 minutes of arriving fire units.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wild Weekend Weather



This past weekend San Diego County experienced some wild weather that included thunderstorms and lightning. This type of weather may be exciting to watch but can also be very dangerous and may cause injury. The National Weather Service did issue a Red Flag Warning due to the amount of lighting strikes across Southern California. Thunderstorms due produce moisture but when lightning strikes the ground it still has the possibility to cause a fire. CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority has attached some safety tips to exercise during these types of storms and please remember to always be fire safe.

1. PLAN in advance your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

2. IF OUTDOORS...Avoid water. Avoid the high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should:

A. Crouch down. Put feet together. Place hands over ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.

B. Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.

3. IF INDOORS... Avoid water. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Take off head sets. Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

4. SUSPEND ACTIVITIES for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.

5. INJURED PERSONS do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.

6. KNOW YOUR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS.




Saturday, October 2, 2010

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

On Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, We will carry live streaming video of the two services honoring the 80 firefighters that died in the line of duty in the United States in 2009. Their names will be added to a plaque at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy campus at Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The schedule for the two live services:

Candlelight Service: Saturday, October 2, 6:45 p.m. ET, 3:45 p.m. PT

Memorial Service: Sunday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT