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Special Alert from the Valley Center Fire Protection District
Home Fire Sprinkler Systems Shut Down in Family Homes.
Recent inspections have found some residential Fire Sprinkler Systems serving single family dwellings shut off and' at the red above double check valves, typically found in the front lawn area. Click for Informational Flyer.


Family Safety Tips

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Everyone in your home needs to know how to behave responsibly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a fire. However, because fires can start at any time without warning, it is also very important that the members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It's a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall, and several other times throughout the year.

• Teach your kids how to respond in the event of a fire.
• Make sure young children know how to dial 911.
• Establish and practice a fire escape plan with your family that includes a designated meeting area outside the home.
• Practice stop, drop and roll with your children so they learn how to escape beneath a fire.
• Teach everyone in your family multiple ways to escape from every room in the event of a fire.
• Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home.
• Verify each month that smoke detectors are in working order.
• Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher.
• Do not place lit candles where they can be reached by children.
• Never leave burning candles unattended.
• Do not leave candles burning when you go to sleep.
• Don't leave cooking food unattended on the stove.
• Keep everything that might be flammable away from your stove.
• Make sure all flammable substances are properly stored in safe containers and out of reach of youngsters.

Outdoor Fall Fire Safety Tips
As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.


• Clear your roof and gutters of unnecessary build up of debris, such as pine needles and leaves.
• Learn the outdoor burning regulations in your area, and do not engage in illegal burning of leaves and other outdoor debris.

THE BASICS OF FIRE SAFETY

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING:
Less stuff may result in a smaller fire. Clean up combustible storage and unneeded items from your house. Keep combustible items away from heat sources like mops and brooms in the water heater closet. Keep your home neat clean and clear. In the event of a small fire, there is less chance it will spread and you will be able to escape
quickly.

EARLY WARNING:
Get Smoke Detectors - Have Smoke Detectors - Lots of Smoke Detectors. They are inexpensive and reliable. Install them in your bedrooms and hallways and living rooms. Not in the kitchen or near the bathroom (steam sets them off). Put new batteries in them and test them. They will wake you up in time to escape a fire while it is small.

PLAN AN ESCAPE:
Know how you will get out of your home should you wake up to smoke and fire. Know a second way out in the event the main door is blocked by heat and smoke. Practice your escape with everyone in the household and pick a common meeting place so that everyone knows that everyone is safe or still trapped. In a fire, time is the enemy. Tell the arriving firefighter if everyone is out or if they are trapped and where!

There are many other ways to help prevent a fire, but these basics will most often be the best and easiest to implement and maintain


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