Safety Tips

Singing In the Rain, But Driving In It?

Singing In the Rain, But Driving In It?

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:10 am | No comments

It’s nice to finally write about rain! We have a few more storms in the forecast and we certainly need it. We all like singing in the rain but driving in it? It’s rather stressful even when it’s not raining says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Most people just don’t pay...

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It’s Time For A Heart to Heart!

It’s Time For A Heart to Heart!

By | February 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm | No comments

If your husband has chest pain you’d call 911. However, many women may not recognize signs of heart attacks themselves. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's symptoms? Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but...

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It’s as easy as A B C…

It’s as easy as A B C…

By | February 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm | No comments

Fire extinguishers are a great way to prevent small fires from becoming large ones, but how do you know which extinguisher to use on which kind of fire? Fires are classified into specific “types” based on their fuel source. ·         Class A – ordinary...

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It’s February, put your Heart into it!

It’s February, put your Heart into it!

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:30 am | No comments

Heart disease kills over a half million people every year. It’s no surprise February is Heart Awareness month. Together, we all can prevent and cardiovascular disease (CVD), one step at a time says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. First, check with your Doctor. And then monitor...

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Smoke Detectors – Install, Inspect and Protect!

Smoke Detectors – Install, Inspect and Protect!

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:02 am | No comments

“It’s unfortunate to report that the number of fire fatalities do to no or non-working smoke alarms is on the rise says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Reports also show that roughly one-third of the tens of millions of smoke detectors installed in homes are not in proper working...

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One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By | January 22, 2015 at 3:40 am | No comments

The Center for Disease Control has confirmed this year’s Flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective against the virus. Yes, it does sound crazy and it is… Normally at 60 percent effectiveness, everywhere you go people are coughing, sneezing and hacking. This is the most common...

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Natural Gas – Heater Safety

Natural Gas – Heater Safety

By | January 15, 2015 at 10:50 am | No comments

Cool weather is upon us and that means more home heating use says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  This time of year, firefighters respond to an increase call load of “odor of gas in a structure” says Chief DiGiovanna.  You likely haven’t used your heating unit in several...

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Winterize and Being Winter-wise!

Winterize and Being Winter-wise!

By | January 8, 2015 at 2:58 am | No comments

The first round of our cold weather has passed, but surely we’ll see more. This is a good time to “winterize” your home reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Use this list to help get you started: Make sure all exterior water spigots are turned off and all attached hoses...

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New Year’s Resolution or Rookie Firefighter?

New Year’s Resolution or Rookie Firefighter?

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm | No comments

We always to start a recruit fire academy every January. Like a New Year’s Resolution, it’s traditional. Before recruits learn basic firefighting skills, the first thing they learn and develop are fire academy “Integrity Agreements.” Actually our Fire Academy...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas –  Give the Gift of Life!

Last Minute Gift Ideas –  Give the Gift of Life!

By | December 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm | No comments

Is there that hard to buy for someone special in your life? I don’t think anything could be more special than to say Happy Holidays by giving a gift of “life safety” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Here are some gift ideas for anyone. Smoke detectors and batteries....

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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 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm | No comments

The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and co-workers while making deposits in our relationships. Naturally, conversation and talking with people is a big part of this season. “Most people are very good at talking about themselves,...

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Spreading Some Safety Cheer

Spreading Some Safety Cheer

By | December 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm | No comments

Before you buy your tree, check for freshness. Buy a fresh tree that is green and needles are hard to pull from branches. Place your tree away from a fireplace, or any other heating sources. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Shorts in electrical...

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Slippery When Wet!

Slippery When Wet!

By | December 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm | No comments

The roads are slippery from much needed rain, which means you could slide more if you brake too quickly. Over time, engine oil and other substances build up on streets, and when rainwater gets added to the mix, a very slippery combination results. Always give yourself plenty...

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Back in Black, Grab the Sack!

Back in Black, Grab the Sack!

By | November 27, 2014 at 11:10 am | No comments

People trampling over each other for cheap goods merely hours after celebrating what they are already thankful for. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when holiday gift buying begins.  It’s more like Hell if you’re in retail. Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day...

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Please allow me to introduce myself – But don’t get too close…

Please allow me to introduce myself – But don’t get too close…

By | November 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm | No comments

I’m the man sitting in front of you on the plane. Too busy to notice me because you were coughing uncontrollably? I’d appreciate it if you’d cover while sneezing. Did you know airborne germ droplets spread the virus up to six feet away? I’m the person in the...

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Walk this Way…

Walk this Way…

By | November 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | No comments

Cooler weather is upon us so why not put your best foot forward by keeping yourself free from accidents says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  ‘Walk this Way’ and plan walk-able routes. Map out a well-lit route with sidewalks and crosswalks and little traffic. Let someone know...

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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month!

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month!

By | November 6, 2014 at 12:40 am | No comments

Did you know that one in twelve Americans has diabetes? That’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why is this awareness important asks Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna? Because Diabetes is one of...

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Flying the Broom or Driving this Halloween?

Flying the Broom or Driving this Halloween?

By | October 30, 2014 at 3:10 am | No comments

Whether you’re flying the broom or driving, you can help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween, or on any night your community hosts Halloween activities reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when...

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Don’t Be A Pumpkin Head!

Don’t Be A Pumpkin Head!

By | October 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm | No comments

There’s a lot to cover for Halloween Safety and rather be a Pumpkin Head, let go over a few safety reminders advises Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers...

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Get in the Groove and Shake It California!

Get in the Groove and Shake It California!

By | October 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm | No comments

Are you ready to Shake it Out?  The 2014 Great California Shakeout Drill is scheduled for 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16th.  “Anyone in California can Shake It, from a single individual at home, to schools or the office says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. The main goal of the Shakeout is...

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Spread The Word, It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

Spread The Word, It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

By | October 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm | No comments

Fire Departments across the country are spreading the word as this week is National Fire prevention Week. "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!" are the words of wisdom and safety says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving...

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H2–O–So Good!

H2–O–So Good!

By | October 1, 2014 at 4:30 am | No comments

It’s hot outside, so make sure you stay hydrated.  Give the lawn a break, but don’t cut-back on yourself.  Dehydration occurs 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 of your...

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Are You Ready? – Set – Go!

Are You Ready? – Set – Go!

By | September 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm | No comments

“The fires in Northern California are spreading at an unprecedented rate.  Nearly 150 square miles have burned (three times the size of Anaheim) at the King Fire so far. Drought conditions have fuel moisture content near zero. The fire is consuming right through a half...

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California Firefighters Reminding You September Marks National Preparedness Month!

California Firefighters Reminding You September Marks National Preparedness Month!

By | September 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm | No comments

It’s National Preparedness Month, a time when communities, emergency responders, businesses, and families come together to make sure they are prepared for the next disaster. This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna....

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California Grape Crush and Crash Comes Early – September is Wine Awareness Month!

California Grape Crush and Crash Comes Early – September is Wine Awareness Month!

By | September 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm | No comments

It appears the California Grape Crush came crashing in a bit early and un-expectantly for the Napa wine region. On the eve of the 2014 harvest, Napa and Napa Valley wineries were rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Sunday morning. “The quake injured over...

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Labor Day – Don’t Forget The Safety!

Labor Day – Don’t Forget The Safety!

By | August 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm | No comments

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions of those who have worked to and for the strength, prosperity, and...

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Sorry, you got an “F” in Safety, but an “A” in Selfishness!

Sorry, you got an “F” in Safety, but an “A” in Selfishness!

By | August 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm | No comments

Last week we received a lesson in “Back to School Safety Tips and Driving in School Zones.”  I’d prefer to write something more timely this week like Brush Fire Awareness, Drought and Your Health or some other safety topic but if report cards were issued this week, many...

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Do You Have Class? Back to School Safety Tips

Do You Have Class? Back to School Safety Tips

By | August 13, 2014 at 10:57 am | No comments

School is back in session so let’s have class in some basic safety tips. First, use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school. Yes, if we ever needed you...

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

By | August 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm | No comments

Noro virus, Measles, influenza, what’s next? The next worse thing is the 405 fwy and we can’t stop that spread! None the less, vaccine preventable diseases have not gone away. Viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are...

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July is dedicated as National Grilling Safety Month

July is dedicated as National Grilling Safety Month

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm | No comments

 Send the Right Smoke Signal - SAFETY! “July, August and right into Labor Day we use our barbeques than any other months. Firefighters respond to many structure and wild-land fires that involve barbeques this time of year. We also treat many victims for injuries related to...

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Look Before You Lock!

Look Before You Lock!

By | July 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm | No comments

Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat, Look Before You Lock or KISS - Keep Infants Safe and Secure all have the same message; “leaving children in cars is dangerous and even deadly reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.” Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked...

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When Thunder Roars – Head Indoors!

When Thunder Roars – Head Indoors!

By | July 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm | No comments

It’s that time of year when we notice large cumulous clouds forming around southern California. This ‘monsoonal pattern’ is produced by an area of high pressure over the four corners. The clockwise flow draws moisture into southern California from the south. These clouds...

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Classic Heat In the Coachella Valley

Classic Heat In the Coachella Valley

By | July 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm | No comments

“It's like a heat wave, Burnin' in my heart, I can't keep from cryin', It's tearin' me apart…” “What a cool song…  But lately, temperatures haven’t been so cool. It’s been hot and humid which put an even greater strain on us. Extreme heat is a potential health...

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It’s Warm, it’s Dry, it’s the 4th of July!

It’s Warm, it’s Dry, it’s the 4th of July!

By | July 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm | No comments

The words alone are making fire officials cringe says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  It will be a long three day 4th of July weekend. As drought conditions worsen and the fire danger escalates many cities are considering, or are moving forward with, suspending the allowance of...

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Drought and Your Health

Drought and Your Health

By | June 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm | No comments

Summer is officially here and with more than half the U.S. currently in drought, there are concerns over the consequences of not only the country's crop yields and wildfires, but also on human health reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. We will see wildfires increase as well as...

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