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Archived News Release from 2008

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October 5 – 11, 2008 is Fire Prevention Week in Redwood City & Throughout the Nation

Redwood City, CA - October 3, 2008 - National Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11, 2008 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 2008 theme is “Prevent Home Fires” and focuses on making our homes safe from fire hazards. 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

Prevent Home Fires Checklist:

  • Cooking food must never be left unattended
  • Mitts, paper towels and other combustibles must always be kept away from stovetops
  • Service your chimney and fireplace and make sure you have a sturdy metal screen in front of fireplaces
  • Keep combustible material at least 3 feet away from portable heaters
  • Portable space heaters and lit candles must not be left unattended, and used safely where they cannot be knocked over
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children’s reach
  • Install/maintain working smoke alarms in your home - in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, on each level of the home, including the basement – and replace if more than 10 years old
  • Make sure you know the sound of your smoke alarms
  • Create a family home fire escape plan, and identify two ways out of each room in your home, and practice it twice a year
  • Know what to do when you hear your smoke alarm - the rule is “Get Out Stay Out!
  • Keep all the exits in your home clear of trash and toys
  • Identify a meeting place outside the home where family can go after escaping a fire
  • Makes sure everyone at home knows how to contact the fire department

The Redwood City Fire Department also reminds the community that the end of daylight savings time is November 2nd - a perfect opportunity to test smoke alarms and replace 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.” 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 J. Vella
Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal


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