Stay Fire Safe with these Fire Prevention and Safety Tips From the Palo Alto Fire Department
Fire Prevention Week is October 6–12, and the Palo Alto Fire Department and the City of Palo Alto are teaming up to encourage the community to be fire safe
Follow along throughout Fire Prevention Week as the Palo Alto Fire Department and the City of Palo Alto share tips and helpful reminders on the importance of fire safety. Also, learn more about fire prevention events happening in Palo Alto during the coming week!
To get started, here are some recommendations to make your home safer and be prepared in the event of a fire.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are a crucial part of home fire safety. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. It’s important to test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year. Here are some more tips to improve the smoke alarms in your home.
· Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
· Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
· Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.
· Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
· Keep in mind that some smoke alarms have a battery that will last for the full 10-year life of the alarm, eliminating the need to change batteries. After 10 years, however, the entire smoke alarm unit still needs to be replaced. View this handy infographic about smoke alarms.
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Plan and Practice Your Escape
Do you have a home fire escape plan? It’s essential to think through how you and your loved ones would escape in the event of a home fire. You may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
· Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.
· Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
· Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.
· Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
· Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
· If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets, or things.
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Prepare for Wildfire: READY, SET, GO!
Whether you live in the Foothills of Palo Alto or closer to the Bay, preparing for wildfires is essential. The City of Palo Alto works every year to minimize fire risk, but we encourage property owners to also take steps to prepare for wildfires. Gain details on ways to prepare your home to prevent fires by visiting our Ready, Set, Go resources and learn how to protect your home from embers with our Ember Aware flyer (PDF).
· Ready? Get ready by creating defensible space and harden your home to increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Learn how (PDF).
· Set? Get set by preparing to evacuate before the wildfire. Use this guide (PDF) to prepare your evacuation plan and emergency supply kit.
· Go! Evacuate as soon as it is recommended by fire officials. Use this guide (PDF) to learn how to evacuate.
For more, go here.
Palo Alto Fire Prevention Week Events — October 6–12, 2019
· Fire Prevention educational materials are available to the public throughout the week at the Mitchell Park Library, Rinconada Library, Children’s Library, and Downtown Library.
· Fire Department staff will be visiting Palo Alto schools throughout the week to talk about fire safety and fire escape plans.
· Tuesday, October 8 — Fire Chief Blackshire will be reading several fire-themed books to kids at the Children’s Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and again at 5 p.m. at the College Terrace Library.
· Friday, October 11— Fire Engine Crew will be reading several fire-themed books to kids at the Downtown Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
· Saturday, October 12 — Fire Chief Blackshire will be reading again to kids at the Michell Park Library on October 12 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
· Saturday, October 12 — Join the Fire Department at a Fire Station Open House! Fire Station #6 will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come by to meet your local firefighters, get an inside look at the operations of a firehouse, and learn more tips for fire and life safety! Fire Station #6 is located at 711 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305.
For more, go here.
Learn More about the Palo Alto Fire Department
The Palo Alto Fire Department protects the Palo Alto and Stanford University communities. The Palo Alto Fire Department has been recognized as one of ten municipal fire departments in California and one of 259 in the world to achieve international accreditation. This accomplishment places the department among less than one percent of fire departments in the world. The Palo Alto Fire Department is a professional team of men and women dedicated to safeguarding and enriching the lives of anyone, anytime, anywhere with compassion and pride.
For more information, visit the Palo Alto Fire Department here.