The Five Cities Fire Authority believes educating the public is essential in protecting residents and visitors from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide. You will find below information that can protect you and your family. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We want to be your partner in protecting your family.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. The Five Cities Fire Authority encourages all residents to have a working smoke detector. To Learn More >>
As a partner in your community the Five Cities Fire Authority provides assistance with smoke detectors. We are available at no cost to assist in testing, changing your battery, as well as installing your smoke detector(s). In addition, the Authority provides free smoke detectors to residents who need assistance. Please contact us at (805) 473-5490 to request assistance.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning,more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older. These deaths are associated with consumer products such as faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.
To help prevent CO poisoning, carbon monoxide detectors are essential to detect this colorless, odorless gas. As of July 1, 2011 all single family residences are required by law to have a CO detector if there is an attached garaged or a fossil fuel source appliance within the home. Owners of multi-family dwellings or rental dwellings (i.e. apartment complexes) are required by law to install CO detectors by January 1, 2013.
Matches and Lighter Safety
Matches, lighters, and other heat sources are the leading causes of fire deaths for children. Never underestimate your child’s curiosity about fire, nor their ability to strike matches or start a lighter. Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Remember: Even child-resistant lighters are not childproof and should be stored securely as well. When a child is curious about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly and firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for only adults to use carefully. In addition, instruct toddlers to tell you when they find a match or lighter. Never use matches or lighters as amusement for your children. They may imitate your actions.
Take extreme care with the storage of your matches and lighters. Your children are depending on you.
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.
Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. To Learn More>>
As defined by the National Scald Prevention Steering Committee “A scald injury occurs when contact with hot liquid or steam damages one or more layers of skin. It usually is caused by a spill of hot food or beverages, or by hot tap water in a bath or shower. ”Scald burns from hot tap water as well as food and beverages heated on the stove, in the microwave and in other appliances are painful and potentially life-threatening. Although young children and older adults are at greatest risk due to their thinner skin,anyone can suffer from scald burn injuries. The Five Cities Fire Authority would like to remind parents and the public about preventing burns from scalding. To Learn More >>
Public Education Requests
The Five Cities Fire Authority is commited to helping our residents. The Authority offers a variety of public education services. These services include station visits, classroom visits, fire extinguisher training, and home safety inspections. Please contact the Authority at (805) 473-5490 to schedule. We look forward to helping you and your family become educated in fire safety.
Information on this page provided to you by the Five Cities Fire Authority and the U.S. Fire Administration