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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
It’s easy to underestimate the extraordinary power of fire. In less than 30 seconds, small flames can race completely out of control, with fire room temperatures reaching 600 degrees at eye level. Before you know it, you’re surrounded! Just as frightening, the heat and toxic gases from fires are often more deadly than the flames. Here in the Los Angeles area, wildfires… as well as residential or structural fires… are part of our everyday lives. That’s why when fire occurs, every second counts, and the value of a familiar plan is more important than ever


A burning desire to know
stove burner
  • Each year, fire kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined.
  • Cooking is the major cause of home fires in the U.S.
  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • About 2 million fires are reported each year, though thousands more go unreported.
  • Wildfires are most common in the summer, fall and during droughts when branches, leaves and other materials dry out and become highly flammable.
Structural fires
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Frying the eggs, lighting up the cigarette, burning the scented candle… we never give them a second thought. But residential fires are the third-leading cause of accidental death in the home, with annual property losses reported in the billions of dollars. Cooking, careless smoking, arson and faulty heating are among the common culprits. Many fire deaths and damages are avoidable with a proper smoke alarm system or residential sprinklers. Check the smoke alarms in your home every few months to make sure they are working properly and be prepared to act responsibly if fire strikes.


Emergency Tips
If you have a fire or excessive smoke in your residence, remain calm and follow these procedures.

  • Get out as quickly as possible.
  • Before opening any door, feel the door to determine if it is hot. If it is not, open it cautiously and stand behind the door. Be prepared to close it quickly
  • If you see fire under the door, find another way out of the building.
  • Stay low to the ground, crawling if necessary, to avoid smoke and fumes.
  • Should your clothes catch on fire, drop to the floor and roll over to smother the flames.
  • If you are trapped, stay near a window, close to the floor and call for help if possible.
  • Once you have reached a safe location, call 9-1-1 and state that you are having a fire emergency
  • Stay out of your home or building until instructed to return by the fire department or other officials.

Brush fires
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It may start like a soft orange glow or cloudlike puffs of smoke in the distance, but with Los Angeles unpredictable winds and terrain, that pretty picture can quickly turn into an ugly disaster. The area’s dense brush, dry hillsides and canyons often act like tinder boxes for deadly wildfires, also known as brush fires. These fires can move at an incredibly rapid pace and their heat can quickly rise to thousands of degrees. One of the best emergency preparedness actions to keep these fires a safe distance from your home is to clear nearby brush, according to city and county regulations. All homes should be equipped with properly maintained smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher that you have been trained to use.


Emergency Tips
The sirens are blaring! There's a knock at your door... time to get out and go to an emergency shelter or to stay with a friend! Preparing for and evacuating from a quickly spreading wildfire requires clear thinking, proper planning and good communications.

  • Limit the use of flammable plants in your landscaping and keep vegetation a safe distance from your house.
  • Keep smoke alarms and sprinkler systems in good working order
  • Store flammable liquids properly
  • Listen to news reports and pack important documents and mementos for transporting if a brush fire is being monitored in your area.
  • Follow all evacuation orders given by the authorities.
  • Keep at least 1/2-tank of fuel in your vehicle.
  • Ensure that your family has an agreed upon meeting location.
  • Stay out of your home until instructed to return by the fire department or other officials.


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