Safety Tips

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

By | August 11, 2016 at 11:49 am | No comments

When I was younger I hated all the "back to school commercials and ads." It was the dreaded reminder summer was over and it was back to school time! One class we all need is, It's important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling,...

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When Thunder Roars – Head Indoors!

When Thunder Roars – Head Indoors!

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm | No comments

It's that time of year when we notice large cumulous clouds forming around southern California. And I love a good thunderstorm! But remember, "these clouds can produce lightning, thunder, hail and heavy rain reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna." Pay attention to weather...

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Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!”

Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!”

By | July 28, 2016 at 3:28 am | No comments

I'm writing this on the hottest day of the year across the U.S., a day in which news headlines warn "dangerous heat wave to scorch U.S." and heat advisories have already been issued in 14 states. While you may be reading this after the immediate threat has passed, it certainly...

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Take Stress Down With A Top Spa Massage

Take Stress Down With A Top Spa Massage

By | July 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm | No comments

Stress is a prevalent component in today's fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual's health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. One of the best...

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Cheap Sunglasses?

Cheap Sunglasses?

By | July 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm | No comments

"When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurt your head - The first thing you do when you get up out of bed - Is hit that streets a-runnin' and try to beat the masses - Now go get yourself some good sunglasses" During the summer we put a lot of emphasis on protecting...

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It Happened Just Like That!

It Happened Just Like That!

By | July 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm | No comments

Drowning incidents are dramatically on the rise. “It happened just like that,” is what these parents say, and then their loved one can never be brought back. Drowning is preventable. Here are some tips for your agency on getting started: What can you do to prevent...

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The Fire Department Needs Your Help!

The Fire Department Needs Your Help!

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:28 am | No comments

It’s hot, it’s dry, it’s the 4th of July! These words make fire officials cringe says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It will be a long three-day 4th of July weekend and the fire department needs your help! We have a lot of resources and personnel out fighting fires. Fire...

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I Only Have Ice For You!

I Only Have Ice For You!

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:26 am | No comments

Ice Cubes, Ice Cream or Ice Water is certainly what we need with this heat! It’s important to keep your cool during this dangerous hot spell were having reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Here’s a few tips: Stay hydrated! The more hydrated you are, the more effective...

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Run, Hide or Fight? Surviving An Active Shooting Incident!

Run, Hide or Fight? Surviving An Active Shooting Incident!

By | June 17, 2016 at 12:10 am | No comments

How did this happened again? Anger, sadness and a tremendous feeling of disappointment and let down, I never thought I’d be writing an article of this nature. Run, Hide or Fight? Surviving An Active Shooter in the United States of America. What’s happened to us? Being...

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Wildfire Forecast – BAD!

Wildfire Forecast – BAD!

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:13 am | No comments

Brush fires chewed through hillsides from San Diego to Ventura Counties and every county in between challenging firefighters and making hillside homeowners very nervous this weekend as a very hot and long brush fire season is now underway. California will face a dangerous and...

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The Bully in You… Put It In Park!

The Bully in You… Put It In Park!

By | June 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm | No comments

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that road rage "involves a criminal act of violence, whereas aggressive driving can range from tailgating to speeding to running red lights." The real root of aggressive driving lies within each of us reminds...

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Make It Memorable This Memorial Day Weekend!

Make It Memorable This Memorial Day Weekend!

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:30 am | No comments

Next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. “Let’s all take part by being responsible for our self and others” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Here are a few safety tips: Travel Safety: Hitting the road locally or with some distance, remember: • Buckle up, slow down,...

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Graduate With Class!

Graduate With Class!

By | May 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm | No comments

Prom and graduation season is here again – You want to make sure you graduate ‘with’ your class! Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It is therefore critical that parents...

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For Those About To Respond… We Salute You!

By | May 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm | No comments

Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life, property and environment. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. International Firefighters’ Day is a time where the world’s community can...

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Easy Cowboy… Read This First!

Easy Cowboy… Read This First!

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:30 am | No comments

I know it’s Cinco de Mayo May 5th, but too much alcohol makes you look and act foolish, and it’s also a factor in aggressive and unwanted behavior.  Be the bigger hombre and just “let it go” if you have an unpleasant encounter with someone who may be under the influence...

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Let’s Rock and Roll! And I’m not talk’in about Coachella Fest…

Let’s Rock and Roll! And I’m not talk’in about Coachella Fest…

By | April 29, 2016 at 1:06 am | No comments

The month of April is declared “Earthquake Preparedness Month” by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. We are over-due for an earthquake. Now is the time to prepare, not afterwards says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna! What to Do Before an Earthquake Make sure you...

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In The Zika Zone – Who’s At Risk?

In The Zika Zone – Who’s At Risk?

By | April 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm | No comments

Although anyone can contract the virus, the greatest threat is to unborn babies. The number of those at risk increases in correlation with the population of Aedes mosquitoes which is growing here in California and other states according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Are we...

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Caution: Snakes Out! (And not the ones you work with!)

Caution: Snakes Out! (And not the ones you work with!)

By | April 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm | No comments

We’ve all encountered them at one time or another, and never a pleasant experience “snakes!” (And I’m not referring to some of those ‘special’ people in your life or at work). “Snake season usually picks up steam between April and May, says Fire Chief Sam...

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I Know Your Stressing About It…

I Know Your Stressing About It…

By | April 7, 2016 at 2:46 am | No comments

It’s in your personal life, it’s in your professional life. Often, one accelerates the other. Driving to and from work, it’s there. We’re surrounded by it - “Stress.” Like water, stress seems to seep into every level of our life. “What makes it worse, it’s very...

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OMG! No LOL or JK Here – “Driving Yourself to Death”

OMG! No LOL or JK Here – “Driving Yourself to Death”

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm | No comments

They’ve drifted into your lane, drive right through red lights, blown past you in a hurry only to sit when the light turns greens (because their testing). They injure or kill thousands annually! Chances are you’re (or have been) one of them. At any given daylight hour...

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Make It “Eggstra” Safe This Easter!

Make It “Eggstra” Safe This Easter!

By | March 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm | No comments

Hunting for Easter goodies is an activity that children of all ages enjoy, however, there can be a few problems if parents are not careful says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. In order to prevent choking, avoid hard, round candy or candy with nuts. Children’s airways are higher...

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It’s Called Common Sense – Not Irish Luck!

It’s Called Common Sense – Not Irish Luck!

By | March 17, 2016 at 2:35 am | No comments

St. Patrick’s Day is here and this is the day when everyone of every nationality turns Irish. You’ll need more than “Luck of the Irish” to have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll need your common sense! Whatever you do, ensure everyone in your group has a safe...

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El Niño or El Sun Screeño?

By | March 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm | No comments

I don’t think I’ve sported a better tan during what has been predicted to be the wettest year in decades. I know I’ve been preaching El Nino Preparedness and catching grief about it. Please El Nino - raise your head and rain upon us… I can look foolish on my own! The...

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Use Your Head – Wisely!

Use Your Head – Wisely!

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm | No comments

Did you know that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44 reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, simple falls on the...

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Ignorance or Arrogance?

Ignorance or Arrogance?

By | February 25, 2016 at 1:54 am | No comments

You probably don’t remember me, but I remember you. At the bank, the gym, the receptionist… You were the one disgustingly sneezing, coughing and hacking without covering your mouth. Like a driver texting, you’re placing everyone else at risk. Is it just ignorance or...

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Put Your Heart Into It!

Put Your Heart Into It!

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:44 am | No comments

February is American Heart Month and Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with one in three deaths caused by heart disease and stroke reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. These conditions are also leading causes of disability preventing people...

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Red Flag Fire Alert!

Red Flag Fire Alert!

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:18 am | No comments

Given this combination of strong offshore winds and low relative humidity, critical fire weather conditions are expected for most of Southern California Counties, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna" The NWS elevated the conditions from a fire watch to a full-fledged Red Flag...

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Your Super Bowl Game Plan!

Your Super Bowl Game Plan!

By | February 4, 2016 at 1:30 am | No comments

Ensure you’re on the winning team with these safety tips: It’s the Super Bowl and it’s game time! You’re the coach. How are you preparing your team in your “home field” for this big day? First and foremost, make sure to be a good sport and keep your...

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Life is Uncertain…  A Sweet Lesson

Life is Uncertain…  A Sweet Lesson

By | January 28, 2016 at 12:27 am | No comments

  I have been in the fire service for over 30 years. I’ve encountered and handled almost every type of emergency situation. But when something devastating hits at home, it’s a different ball game. My mom was diagnosed with cancer just prior to her 80th birthday in...

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Pass the Gas Safely!

Pass the Gas Safely!

By | January 21, 2016 at 12:37 am | No comments

Did you know that there are over 5000 fires and explosions in gas stations each year says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Almost two-thirds involved vehicles. Make sure when you pull up and prepare to pass gas to your vehicle, gas can or other source from the pump, you turn off...

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A World Of A Gym For Your Health!

A World Of A Gym For Your Health!

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:06 am | No comments

  Fire – Fitness Fact: Did you know that 80 percent of the calls Firefighters and Paramedics respond to are Emergency Medical Service (EMS) related? It’s true and across the country, millions of these calls could have been avoided if individuals engaged in some type...

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Rain On Me…

Rain On Me…

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm | No comments

Rain is on the way and we may see lots of it reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Let's review a few safety tips. Tire pressure is important. You should check the pressure once a month, using a tire gauge. Check your windshield wipers to be sure they're up to the task. If they...

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16 Good Resolutions For 2016

16 Good Resolutions For 2016

By | December 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm | No comments

This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into our lives and make decisions about ourselves. Here are 16 New Year’s Resolutions to help you for a better 2016. Stop being negative. If you’re unhappy, do something about it. You have choice, but don’t...

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The Holidays Are Here – Mind Your Manners and Your Safety!

The Holidays Are Here – Mind Your Manners and Your Safety!

By | December 23, 2015 at 11:53 am | No comments

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or...

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Let’s Party, the Safe Way!

Let’s Party, the Safe Way!

By | December 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm | No comments

Many of us like to host a party during the holidays. Some prefer to just attend. If you are hosting, you have many things that need to be considered. Parking, the weather, who to invite, who not to invite, hurting someone’s feelings etc. Generally your primary concern is...

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