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October 7 – 13, 2007 is Fire Prevention Week in Redwood City & Throughout the Nation

Redwood City, CA - October 1 , 2007 - National Fire Prevention Week is October 7 - 13, 2007 and Redwood City is urging the community to take a few simple fire prevention steps that could save their lives and those of their loved ones.

The 2007 theme is “Practice Your Escape Plan” and focuses on safe evacuation of the home in case of emergency. Here is a selection of some of the easy safety tips offered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – a complete list and more information can be found at

Fire Escape Checklist:

  • Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?
  • Is there a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and outside each sleeping area?
  • Is there a smoke alarm on each level of the home, including the basement?
  • Do you know the sound of your smoke alarms?
  • How old are your smoke alarms? (If they’re more than 10 years old, you need new ones!)
  • Does your family have a home fire escape plan?
  • Do you know two ways out of each room in your home?
  • Do you know what to do when you hear your smoke alarm? (the rule is “Get Out Stay Out!”)
  • Are all the exits in your home clear of trash and toys?
  • Have you identified a meeting place outside the home where family can go after escaping a fire?
  • Does everyone at home know how to call the fire department once they are outside?
  • Do you and all family members practice your escape plan at least twice a year?

The Redwood City Fire Department also reminds the community that the ending of daylight savings time is on November 4 th, and this is a perfect opportunity to test smoke alarms and replace their batteries. A working smoke alarm is the family’s first line of defense in case of fire. The easy way to remember: “change your clock – change your smoke alarm batteries.”

A great deal of information on home fire safety is available from the NFPA website, located at Here, you’ll find guidelines for installing and maintaining smoke alarms, basic fire escape planning, tips for people living in apartment buildings, tips for older adults, and more. More information on how to make your home “fire-safe” can be obtained by contacting the Redwood City Fire Department at 650-780-7400 or visiting

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Louis Vella
Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal

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