Safety Tips

Keeping It In Your Own Lane!

Keeping It In Your Own Lane!

By | April 19, 2017 at 9:45 am | No comments

Situational Awareness (aware of your surroundings at all times) is huge in the fire service. It provides firefighter safety at all times by maintaining situational awareness and being present at all times. The same holds true with driving. We all need to be aware and present and...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 04/20 - 04/26 2017

Snakes Eyes – They’re Watching!

Snakes Eyes – They’re Watching!

By | April 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm | No comments

We know all about those snakes at work that slither around trying to work their way into promotions, office social circles and politics, or even belly up to the boss. They’ll do anything (even bite you in the back) as long as it benefits them. But the snake I’m talking...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 04/13 - 04/19 2017

Why Does Everyone Seem Uptight?

Why Does Everyone Seem Uptight?

By | April 5, 2017 at 3:40 am | No comments

It’s common conversation at work, at home with friends and strangers. Everyone seems uptight!  On our roads, in grocery stores, restaurants, at work, in the gym everyone is so uptight. We seem to have become an angry nation. Why don’t we all take a deep breath and...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 04/06 - 04/12 2017

That Dirty Little Love Affair You’re Having… The Word Is Out!

That Dirty Little Love Affair You’re Having… The Word Is Out!

By | March 29, 2017 at 4:00 am | No comments

Walk into any restaurant, office, sports event or driving your car and you’re sure to see people gazing into the screen or roaming their hands and fingers all over the body of the most dirtiest and distracting unit that you love so much and can’t put down – the cell...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 03/30 - 04/05 2017

Rain + Rain = Fire!

Rain + Rain = Fire!

By | March 22, 2017 at 7:30 am | No comments

The hillsides throughout the state have never looked so pretty. Lush and green, it’s hard to imagine we were ever in a drought for the past five plus years. Many people say “this must be great for you guys, no wild fires!” This could not be further from the truth. The...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

Don’t Be an A$$ About It – Get Checked!

Don’t Be an A$$ About It – Get Checked!

By | March 15, 2017 at 8:06 am | No comments

It’s been just over five years now that my good friend Captain Andy Troncale of the Arcadia (Calif.) Fire Department passed away. Andy and I grew up together and played Little League in West Covina, Calif. We joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department as Explorers at age...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

Sax, Wine and Rock n Roll!

Sax, Wine and Rock n Roll!

By | March 8, 2017 at 1:58 am | No comments

In a field dominated by mostly male artists, saxophonist Mindi Abair rocked the stage last Saturday night at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa; all part of the “Grooves at the Westin Jazz Series.” Mindi Abair, the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

The Whittier PD Tragedy – Remember SAM

The Whittier PD Tragedy – Remember SAM

By | March 1, 2017 at 1:48 am | No comments

From every tragedy come lessons learned. In public safety, this process is even more necessary; although we must first grieve for those who protect us, we must quickly recognize a second responsibility: to study what happened and identify steps to try to prevent it from...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

And The Winner Is?

And The Winner Is?

By | February 22, 2017 at 12:44 am | No comments

Thank you Tracy Dietlin for allowing me to attend the Grooves at the Westin this last Saturday night. Certainly an Academy Award winning performance assembled by Michael Paulo and sponsored by the CV Weekly. The music by LA Collective with Eric Darius as well as Greg Adams and...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

Don’t Flu Yourself!

Don’t Flu Yourself!

By | February 15, 2017 at 2:00 am | No comments

The Flu Season is reaching its peak with over 14,000 new infections per week. Imperfect as it is, the flu vaccine is still the best weapon to blunt a virus that can land you in the hospital. And even though it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, you still...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

A Red Hot Valentine’s Day Gift!

A Red Hot Valentine’s Day Gift!

By | February 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm | No comments

Did you know there are over 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year resulting in 800,000 deaths and even more depilating injuries? Valentine’s Day is coming up, so besides the chocolate and flowers, consider the best gift you can give someone this year is a commitment...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

New England or Atlanta? Regardless, Your Safety Comes First!

New England or Atlanta? Regardless, Your Safety Comes First!

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:00 am | No comments

As you prepare for Super bowl festivities make sure to be a good sport and keep your ‘Safety’ front and center at all times says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Are you hosting the game in your Home Field?  Be a good Quarterback and avoid a false start with unhealthy...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

With so much in the news – Don’t Forget…

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm | No comments

With inaugurations, drought, protests, storms etc we seemed to have forgotten that about 23 years ago this month was the Northridge earthquake. The 6.7 quake killed 16 people and damage was reported up to 85 miles away! We are “way” over-due for an earthquake and...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

More Rain Headed Our Way!

More Rain Headed Our Way!

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:45 am | No comments

More needed rain is forecasted, but some storms may cause serious and dangerous problems. Here are a few  tips for preparing for storms, and weathering them safely. Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Flu Season and Fire Season

Flu Season and Fire Season

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am | No comments

Though fire season is pretty much over, during this time of year we remind families the importance to change their smoke detector batteries, advise them how to be safe while cooking, or driving in the rain and, for those of us in wildland fire-prone communities, encourage them...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Loving Life On the Edge (Ritz Carlton) this Christmas!

Loving Life On the Edge (Ritz Carlton) this Christmas!

By | January 4, 2017 at 11:00 am | No comments

As you know, life can throw us curves without notice. This Christmas, for reasons beyond control, I found myself alone Christmas Eve and Christmas day/night. Whether home or at the fire station, this was not my "norm." Cold wet and windy, and with most places closed, I went...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

When the Clock Strikes Midnight!

When the Clock Strikes Midnight!

By | December 28, 2016 at 5:46 am | No comments

New Year’s Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities. Following a few safety tips will ensure that you’re safe and sound ‘when the clock strikes midnight,’...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Listen Up! The Best Gift This Season Doesn’t Cost a Dime.

Listen Up! The Best Gift This Season Doesn’t Cost a Dime.

By | December 22, 2016 at 11:20 am | No comments

The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and coworkers. Rather than getting stressed about holiday obligations, think about these opportunities as making “deposits” in your relationship banks. The time you spend is an investment into...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

Lessons From The Oakland Warehouse Fire

Lessons From The Oakland Warehouse Fire

By | December 14, 2016 at 8:10 am | No comments

With the recent tragedy at the Ghost-Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, I cannot stress the importance of knowing where your nearest emergency exit is located wherever you go reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. As the holidays near, many of us will be attending parties, concerts,...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

Enjoying Christmas The Safe Way!

Enjoying Christmas The Safe Way!

By | December 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm | No comments

The lights are likely up outside so now is a good time to look at some safety tips for inside the home as Christmas nears reminds Chief DiGiovanna. • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” • When purchasing a live tree, check for...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Keeping You Warm – Safely…. Heater/Gas Safety Tips

Keeping You Warm – Safely…. Heater/Gas Safety Tips

By | November 30, 2016 at 3:50 am | No comments

  This cold front and much needed rain are prompting people to turn on their heaters/furnaces for the first time in a long time. This time of year fire departments respond increasingly to calls of “odor of gas inside” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Most...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Back in Black – This Friday!

Back in Black – This Friday!

By | November 22, 2016 at 4:40 am | No comments

“So look at me now, I’m just makin' my play, don't try to push your luck, just get out of my way…”  Certainly how many will be acting this Black Friday, so here’s some safety tips on beatin' the flack! Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is when...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Now You’re Cooking – With Safety!

Now You’re Cooking – With Safety!

By | November 16, 2016 at 9:07 am | No comments

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and did you know Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year? “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says Fire...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

We Salute You!

We Salute You!

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:00 am | No comments

Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military, past and present. If you're looking for an appropriate way to honor a veteran in your life, here's a list of suggestions to start you off reminds Fire Chief DiGiovanna. Show Up. Attend...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

It’s a good time to be singing in the rain!

It’s a good time to be singing in the rain!

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:30 am | No comments

But make sure you’re driving safe in it while you’re singing… The National Weather Service is calling for a good chance of rain in much of California this week. We certainly need it. But with our first chance of real precipitation, it will be dangerous as last week with...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Dedicated to the Men of Engine Company 57

Dedicated to the Men of Engine Company 57

By | October 20, 2016 at 8:30 am | No comments

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was home in Orange County leaving for work in Los Angeles. I could see the large plumb of smoke to the east. In a matter of moments it intensified. The plumb expanded and rose quickly into the...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Halloween Safety – Be a Hero Now!

Halloween Safety – Be a Hero Now!

By | October 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm | No comments

Be the real hero this Halloween and spread the word of safety to others. Carve safely! Carving pumpkins can be tons of fun for kids, but make sure that all carving activities are fully supervised by an adult. Use flameless candles. They’re safe, inexpensive and just...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Don’t Wait, Check the Date… Fire Prevention Week!

Don’t Wait, Check the Date… Fire Prevention Week!

By | October 6, 2016 at 10:38 am | No comments

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Protecting Our Wineries – Thank You Firefighters!

Protecting Our Wineries – Thank You Firefighters!

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:10 am | No comments

To date, some of this year’s most destructive fires were dangerously close to the Napa, Paso and Santa Barbara Wine Regions. Our hearts go out to the victims of these dangerous wildfires. Ask any Firefighter - they take any loss personally. Sometimes were just outnumbered,...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

Heroes Coming Together In The Valley!

Heroes Coming Together In The Valley!

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm | No comments

Approximately 140 Firefighter's, Police Officers and United States Military Members golfed with local residents this last Saturday Sept. 17th to raise money for the Folds of Honor Patriot Golf Tournament at the Westin, Mission Hills raising money for educational scholarships for...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

What Wildfires and Major League Baseball Have in Common. Is Your Home A Catcher’s Mitt?

What Wildfires and Major League Baseball Have in Common. Is Your Home A Catcher’s Mitt?

By | September 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm | No comments

Some would say they strike fast and hit hard. That most occur in the ‘outfield’ and not on my home turf.  Or that the MLB Playoffs are in the fall and so are our Santa Ana winds. But what homeowners should be most concerned about is if their home is a...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips

We Can Never Forget… 911

We Can Never Forget… 911

By | September 8, 2016 at 12:50 am | No comments

It’s been fifteen years since United Airlines flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 were purposely flown by hijackers into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center Buildings. The Pentagon was severely damaged by the impact of an additional airliner and resulting fire....

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The 2nd Annual Desert Patriot Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Desert Patriot Golf Tournament

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm | No comments

At the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is Sept. 17th! Firefighters, Police Officers and the Military are looking for a few good Golfers! Last year was the Westin Rancho Mirage inaugural event and was an overwhelming success for Military members.  This year you can...

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Immune yourself from one thing, what would it be?

Immune yourself from one thing, what would it be?

By | August 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm | No comments

Traffic? Rude or obnoxious people? Bad Drivers? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could vaccinate specific things or people from our lives. Unfortunately, those toxic people and situations are the association dues we must pay for being alive. However, viruses and bacteria that...

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There’s nothing wrong with being defensive, and provide some space!

There’s nothing wrong with being defensive, and provide some space!

By | August 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm | No comments

Firefighting resources can get stretched thin this time of year as multiple brush fires break out. It’s important that homeowners do their part to mitigate the threat of wildfire by creating defensible space around their homes. First and foremost, dead, dry and woody...

Posted in: Columns, Safety Tips