California Fire Prevention Safety

There are more than 350,000 California residents who live in “very high hazard” fire zones. While the zones laid out by officials may be specifically referring to wildfires, it is important to remember that all fires start somewhere. For California families and workplaces, fires can result from even the smallest sources, such as:

·         A thrown out cigarette

·         Burning outdoor brush

·         Unattended bonfires or fireplaces

·         Kitchen fires

It doesn’t take much for fire to start, and in these high hazard zones, it is more important than ever for Californian’s to practice good fire prevention.

Fire Prevention Tips

Inside a building, a fire can spread in as little as two minutes. Practice good fire safety techniques by doing the following:

·         Install smoke alarms on all floors of your home

·         Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries

·         Keep a fire extinguisher near any sources of open flame

·         Create a fire escape plan with your family or co-workers

·         Never leave fire unattended, including stoves, candles, or fireplaces

·         Do not smoke cigarettes inside of buildings or cars

·         Avoid overloading electrical outlets

·         Make sure your lamps use the correct wattage bulbs

·         If you smell smoke or gas in your home, exit and call 911

·         If you have concerns about outlets or electrical cables, call an electrician

By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of a fire and potentially save lives. Good fire prevention techniques are important in every environment. Talk to your family about fire safety, especially during summer months when bonfires, beach parties, and fireworks are more common.