Safety Tips

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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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 10, 2015 at 4:06 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...

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Holiday Safety from the Inside Out!

Holiday Safety from the Inside Out!

By | December 3, 2015 at 1:47 am | No comments

If you haven’t already, many of you have been thinking about pulling out those holiday decorations. ‘Tis the season’ but let’s exercise good common sense to ensure our holidays don't end up tragically reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Let's start from the inside and...

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When Black Friday Comes!

When Black Friday Comes!

By | November 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm | No comments

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when holiday gift buying begins.  Sales offering big discounts lure customers into stores, often beginning in the early hours of the morning.  “Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day when shoppers may become victims of crimes and...

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Make Sure This Thanksgiving You’re Stuffed With Safety!

Make Sure This Thanksgiving You’re Stuffed With Safety!

By | November 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm | No comments

The Kitchen is the heart of the home during the holidays. Keep it safe with these safety tips: • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. •...

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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month!

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month!

By | November 12, 2015 at 2:10 am | No comments

Did you know that Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States? It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. One in 11 Americans have diabetes...

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Fall Back Into Safety!

Fall Back Into Safety!

By | November 5, 2015 at 1:37 am | No comments

As you circle the house, changing clocks back make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into the winter with a safe and organized home: Change the clocks, change the batteries. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. Replace light bulbs....

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Halloween Safety Tips – Safety Begins at home!

Halloween Safety Tips – Safety Begins at home!

By | October 29, 2015 at 2:16 am | No comments

Clear your front porch of unnecessary clutter. That garden hose could cause a fall and best belongs in the back yard. Lawn decorations are fine as long as they are well lit and away from the walkway where small children could bump and fall. Are all your exterior light bulbs...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

By | October 22, 2015 at 1:03 am | No comments

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening...

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Shake It Out!

Shake It Out!

By | October 15, 2015 at 4:17 am | No comments

The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action. At the first signs of an earthquake: DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!).  COVER your...

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Eight Things To Do Before A Wildfire – It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

Eight Things To Do Before A Wildfire – It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

By | October 8, 2015 at 1:39 am | No comments

Don’t let recent rains fool you. This year's wildfire season isn't necessarily a new one, but rather a continuation of last year's, thanks to the drought. The National Weather Service is forecasting our first significant Santa Ana wind event of the season this week....

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What To Do If You’re In The Smoke Path Of A Wildfire

What To Do If You’re In The Smoke Path Of A Wildfire

By | October 1, 2015 at 12:21 am | No comments

It’s pretty inevitable living in California, even if your home is not in the path of a fire, you can still be affected by smoke particles released into the air from wildfires reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Particulate matter is the main public health threat during...

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Don’t Slip and Slide into Fall!

Don’t Slip and Slide into Fall!

By | September 24, 2015 at 1:15 am | No comments

Were stepping right into Fall this week so make sure you don’t slip or slide into it! Recent rain and more in the forecast will make roads slippery. Go about it safely reminds Fire Chief am DiGiovanna. Get your brakes, tires and windshield wipers checked by your mechanic....

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Can We Please Take Our Seat – Safely!

Can We Please Take Our Seat – Safely!

By | September 16, 2015 at 11:44 pm | No comments

National Child Passenger Safety Week is this week. Make sure the ones you love are safe and secure in the car on every trip reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. In 2012, more than 1,100 children ages 14 years and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 176,000 were...

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

By | September 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm | No comments

Did you know that one in three children in the united States is over weight? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk and is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and...

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Fire Tests Metal, Wine Tests Men  ~Japanese Proverb

Fire Tests Metal, Wine Tests Men  ~Japanese Proverb

By | September 3, 2015 at 3:00 am | No comments

Both have been tested as some of this year’s most destructive fires came dangerously close to the Napa Wine Region. Several fires have also burned near Paso Robles. Were still not out of the woods as drought conditions and warm temperatures continue reminds Fire Chief Sam...

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Under Pressure?

Under Pressure?

By | August 26, 2015 at 11:35 pm | No comments

When the temperature is in the 90s, even in the shade, it’s likely you reach for some water, the sunscreen and head for a cooler place. We still have a few months of warm weather, so if you’re driving to a fun spot, work or errands, you should check your tires before...

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Be First Class

Be First Class

By | August 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm | No comments

School has already or soon will be starting for many of our school districts. Our First Class should be “School Safety” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. First Class: Did you know that It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.  Did you...

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If you could Immune yourself from ‘one’ thing – what would it be?

If you could Immune yourself from ‘one’ thing – what would it be?

By | August 13, 2015 at 2:31 am | No comments

Traffic?  Rude or obnoxious people? Crime? 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 cause...

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The When, Where’s and What’s to Evacuate During A Wildfire!

The When, Where’s and What’s to Evacuate During A Wildfire!

By | August 5, 2015 at 6:48 pm | No comments

Wildfires are burning throughout the State and things will only get worse before they get better says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. If by chance you are near a wildfire, you may be asked to evacuate. Here are some things you should know if you find yourself in that...

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Keep Your Eye Out On Safety!

Keep Your Eye Out On Safety!

By | July 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm | No comments

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. Many household work activities from gardening, cleaning projects, working on cars, sports or small construction projects can cause eye injuries. You may...

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Stay Fluid!

Stay Fluid!

By | July 16, 2015 at 12:31 am | No comments

Summer is here, it’s extremely important you stay hydrated.  Give the lawn a break, but don’t cut-back on yourself.  Dehydration happens when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. “Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much...

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Stop and Think!

Stop and Think!

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:22 am | No comments

Observing the calls being dispatched this weekend certainly proved a lack of common sense, civility and what a tender box we truly are in as fireworks and careless acts sparked additional wildfires, homes and even commercial business fires this Fourth of July weekend. Mostly...

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Let The Numbers Do The Talk’in!

Let The Numbers Do The Talk’in!

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm | No comments

In 2011 Fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, and $32 million in direct property damage. In 2013,...

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Get Ready!

Get Ready!

By | June 25, 2015 at 3:02 am | No comments

Sunday, June 21st marked the first day of Summer and Mother Nature certainly let us know she means business. Many areas reached over 100 degrees and drought conditions are increasing wildfires by the day. The largest fire so far of 2015 has been the Lake Fire near Big Bear...

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A Smok’in Hot Place At A Cool Location!

A Smok’in Hot Place At A Cool Location!

By | June 18, 2015 at 1:49 am | No comments

Who would have known there's a Chateau on a Lake in the Coachella Valley? I certainly didn’t - that is until now… I've owned and dined out here for over 15 years and just now came across this incredible hidden jewel. As a firefighter it’s safe to say we’re experts in...

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It Happened Just Like That!

It Happened Just Like That!

By | June 11, 2015 at 2:07 am | No comments

Drowning incidents are dramatically on the rise locally and statewide. Parents whose children have drowned say the day of the tragedy started out just like any other day. No matter how the drowning happened or where it happened -- pool, spa, or any other body of water -- one...

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The Real Final Exam

The Real Final Exam

By | June 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm | No comments

Its Graduation time and many young graduates will be celebrating, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  We all know underage drinking which can result in tragedy. Make sure your graduate passes the real final exam by talking to them about the dangers of underage drinking and...

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Shak’in All Over…

Shak’in All Over…

By | May 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm | No comments

There’s been a lot of shak’in going on lately both far and near. With 57 members from Task Force 2 of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept returning home and sadly 6 members of the U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton losing their lives to assist with rescue efforts both in Nepal,...

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Your Job is to Make it Memorable!

Your Job is to Make it Memorable!

By | May 21, 2015 at 1:54 am | No comments

Monday May 25th we will be remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces with Memorial Day. Every last Monday of May, we take time off from work to reflect on the significance of this all-important celebration and enjoy many outdoor...

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WILDFIRE AWARENESS

WILDFIRE AWARENESS

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm | No comments

National “Wildfire Awareness Week” is declared the first week in May. Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. “With a record dry and warm winter Californian’s fire activity...

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Act FAST!

Act FAST!

By | May 7, 2015 at 2:12 am | No comments

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Each year more than 135,000 Americans die from stroke—or one person every four minutes—died from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. May is Stroke Awareness Month reminds Fire...

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Hey Hombre, Listen Up! Señoritas too…

Hey Hombre, Listen Up! Señoritas too…

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:06 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...

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May We Have Your Attention?

May We Have Your Attention?

By | April 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm | No comments

You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it and we’ve probably done it one time or another. A car behind speeds impatiently past, as you pull up behind them the light turns green they sit. The car in the fast lane on the freeway driving 55 mph. As you go around them, they’re looking...

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It’s This Thing Called Stress…

It’s This Thing Called Stress…

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:16 pm | No comments

It surrounds us all. At home, driving, work, in stores, school, the news, everywhere you go it’s there. It’s this thing called “stress.” Like water, it finds its way into every level and area in our life. Unfortunately it’s very unhealthy reminds Fire Chief Sam...

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