Tag: Fire Safety

April 24 is Safe Kids Day, Are Your Kids Safe Kids?

Big Bear, CA, April 23rd, 2016 – April 24 is Safe Kids Day. Use this day as an opportunity for the whole family to review fire safety in the home. Teach children when to check smoke detectors and how often to change the battery, create a family escape plan and practice it together, and learn how to properly select and use a fire extinguisher. Testing Smoke Detectors Test your smoke detectors every month to make sure it is working properly. Batteries should be changed twice a year, and disposed correctly and safely at a household hazardous waste facility. You can find the...

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BBFD Curbside Chipping Program is a Great Success

Big Bear, CA, October 23, 2015 – The Big Bear Fire Department would like thank the entire Big Bear Valley for their efforts keeping our community healthy by creating defensible space utilizing the Curbside Chipping Program which has now officially ended for the season. 1,215 community members participated in the program and more than 387 tons of flammable vegetation was chipped and diverted from landfill. Funding for the Chipping program is provided through Big Bear Fire Department, CAL FIRE, and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe...

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Tips For a Safe Holiday

Big Bear City, CA, December 23, 2013 – The joy of the winter holidays can be an extra incentive to keep your loved ones out of harm’s way. In that spirit, the Fire Department is offering some friendly reminders on staying safe in a house full of guests: Have smokers smoke outside and keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding. Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet. Keep children and pets away from lit candles, and keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. Remember some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. Keep decorations away from windows and doors. Choose decorations that are flame resistant.  ...

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Fire Department Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Now

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 16, 2013 — By early April, California was already showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. In our county in particular, low moisture, plentiful fuels, and the forthcoming Santa Ana winds pose a triple threat. Are you prepared? The San Bernardino National Forest regularly experiences single-digit humidity levels, but with rainfall totals ranging from 5-25% of average in the region, 2013 looks to be one of the driest years in recent memory.  So the San Bernardino County Fire Department urges you to take the following precautions: * Create defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area that extends 100 feet from the structure or to the property line. Initial steps to creating this space begin with clearing all dead or dying vegetation from the ground, roofs, underneath decks and around propane tanks. Cleaning out rain gutters and moving wood piles at least thirty feet from structures are also included in this space creation. This is also a time to ensure that your address is clearly visible from the street, so firefighters can easily identify your residence. * Create a family disaster plan that includes meeting locations and communication plans. Remember that during a natural disaster, cell towers may be overburdened with traffic; text messages are more likely to be successful than phone calls. Have several...

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Home Heating Fire Safety Tips

Big Bear Valley, CA, December 13, 2012 – As the temperatures drop during the winter months, local fire agencies want to suggest some safety tips that can help reduce the risk of home heating fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. You can reduce the likelihood of having a home heating fire by taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly. Use a sturdy fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying into the room. Keep rugs and other combustible materials at least three feet from floor furnaces and space heaters, and turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. Never plug portable heaters into an extension cord or multi-plug adapter. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home (and replace smoke alarm batteries each year). Never use an oven to heat your home. When disposing of ashes, first allow them to cool, then place in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid, and keep at least 10 feet from the home and other combustible materials.Never place ashes in a box or bag. Also, never burn Christmas trees in a fireplace or wood stove, as they burn too fast and could be explosive. For questions regarding home heating safety, contact your local fire...

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