Be Fire Safe This Summer

Reminders and Safety Tips from the Redwood City Fire Department

According to fire officials, approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. Each year, wildfires destroy thousands for acres of land and countless homes.

This blog post provides safety tips to help community members be fire safe this summer.

Wildland Urban Interface Inspections

The Redwood City Fire Department will be starting their annual inspections in the Redwood City and San Carlos hills.

The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) inspections will be focusing on unsafe conditions, which can start a fire and quickly spread to surrounding structures. The tragic North Bay fires of 2017 demonstrated how fires started in the Wildland Urban Interface can quickly spread to a suburban environment. The Department will issue notices to properties that need corrective action.

The Fire Department urges all property owners in the Redwood City and San Carlos hills to keep your home safe from wildland fires and go here for more details.

For more fire safety tips, go here.

Fireworks Restrictions

Fireworks are illegal in Redwood City because they can cause serious injuries, fires, and other emergencies. This past spring, the City Council approved a resolution to increase the fines associated with illegal fireworks use, in an effort to eliminate the use of fireworks in the community. The use of personal fireworks could lead up to $50,000 fines and jail time.

Keep our community safe and do not take the risk.

For more information about this initiative, go here.

Limit Outdoor Power Equipment

One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor power equipment. Use powered equipment before 10:00 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground like trailer chains. One less spark means one less wildfire.

Clear Brush and Grasses

Are you a resident that lives in the hilly portions of Redwood City, San Carlos and Unincorporated San Mateo County? Take precautions today to avoid grass fires.

The Redwood City-San Carlos Fire Department is reminding residents to clear brush and grasses to a minimum of 30-ft to 100-ft from their homes or to the property line, whichever comes first. Doing so creates the defensible space required under State Law, and greatly reduces the potential of wildfires destroying homes.

Specific methods for performing the clearing of dead or dry vegetation can be viewed by visiting the Fire Safe Council of San Mateo County website here and CAL FIRE website here.

Smoke Alarms

Did you know most deaths in a fire are from smoke not flames? 65 percent of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarm or smoke alarms that are not functioning properly.

· Test your smoke alarm monthly.

· Replace your smoke alarm battery annually if your smoke alarms are not the newer models equipped with a 10-year battery.

· Have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each room.

For frequently asked questions about smoke alarms, go here.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Install CO alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement. The CO alarm can warn you if too much CO is in your home.

For tips about CO Alarms, go here.

For other fire safety tips, go here.

About the Redwood City Fire Department

Redwood City Fire Department serves the City of Redwood City, the community of San Carlos and some unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

To locate a fire station within your neighborhood, go here.

To visit the RCFD website, click here.

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