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Woodside Fire News

News from Woodside Fire Protection District
Jun
12

Video Guides for Protecting Your Home From Wildfires

With the onset of summer months comes increased wildfire risk.  As temperatures peak, humidity drops and the summer winds blow, the potential for wildland fires grows exponentially.  Despite the efforts of the fire services, many homes are lost each year due to wildland and wildland urban interface fires.  It is imperative that you prepare now to protect your home from such occurrences.

To assist homeowners and residents with creating Defensible Space, we have added several useful videos to our Defensible Space page. 

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May
21

Important Wildland Fire Safety Message: Create Your Defensible Space Zone!

Fire Department personnel will soon be out in the neighborhoods reminding homeowners of the requirement for property owners to create defensible space around their homes.   The Defensible Space area is the area where you’ve modified the landscaping to give your home the best chance to survive during a wildfire – greatly improving the odds for firefighters who are defending your neighborhood.  “Defensible Space” area should be a minimum of 100 feet of clearance around your home (or up to your property line).  If your home is on a slope or subject to high winds, extend the distance of this zone...
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May
01

Prevent Youth Firesetting

May 6-12 is Arson Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Prevent Youth Firesetting. During the month of May, USFA will focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effortwith fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of juveniles engaged with fire. Did You Know? Fires started by children playing accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries, and $286 million in direct property damage per year between 2005 and 2009. Younger children are more likely to set fires in homes, while older children and teenagers are more likely to set fires outside. Lighters were the heat source in half (50 percent) of child-playing fires...
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Mar
21

Change Batteries, Replace Old Smoke Alarms

Good Timing: Change Batteries, Replace Old Smoke Alarms Daylight Saving Time is a great opportunity to remind residents to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms, but there is more that can be done.  Many residents are putting new batteries into smoke alarms that are 10-years-old or older.  This can be extremely dangerous.  Smoke alarms that are 10-years-old, or older, are no longer reliable. The USFA's  Install. Inspect. Protect.  smoke alarm campaign offers fire departments and thepublic free  smoke alarm fact sheets, posters, pre-written articles and community presentation materials in English and Spanish .  The time change creates the perfect opportunity to take advantage of these materials in community presentations,...
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Feb
21

Fire Safety for Older Adults

The facts speak for themselves: the relative risk of Americans over the age of 65 dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population. The risk worsens as age increases. People age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. The leading cause of fire deaths in older adults is smoking and the leading cause of fire injuries in older adults is cooking. There are a number of precautionary steps older Americans can take to dramatically reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty, including: Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never...
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Jul
01

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: New State Law

A new state law went into effect on July 1, 2011, requiring all California homeowners with an attached garage or fossil fuel source to install a carbon monoxide detector.  Follow this link and read the article for information from the State Fire Marshals Office.

According to CalFire, 90% of all California homes are without carbon monoxide detectors, a device that saves lives. Fuel fired appliances, such as cooking stoves, heaters, and gas dryers can produce this odorless gas without the homeowner knowing it. When these appliances aren’t working properly, they can give off deadly amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so it’s easy to ignore the warning signs.  

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