Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Roseville fire department via Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent 1200

Roseville CA Fire Fighters and Police Officers

If you’ve been reading Roseville California Joys for long – either here at the blog or at my Facebook page and/or group page – you know that I am very proud of our Roseville CA Fire Fighters and Police Officers. I’m all about supporting our police and fire fighters AND appreciating how they support us. I suppose I am a bit prejudiced since we’ve had firefighters and police officers in our family for decades and I’m so proud of all of them. But I also have learned from them the importance of being safe, being prepared, and being supportive to those who help us as well as helping our own family and friends in times of emergency. Whether it’s National Fire Prevention Week or throughout the year, they are much appreciated!

Placer County Fire News

Wild fires raging near Placer County and Sacramento County during National Fire Prevention Week

This subject is top of my mind right now as our Placer county fire news is full of updates about the major fires surrounding our county in (at last check) Nevada, Yuba, Napa, Butte, Sonoma Counties, and more. Here are just some of the fires reported as of October 9!

current fires near placer county via CalFire 2

current fires near placer county via CalFire 3

WOW! These reports are from one of my favorite go-to resources for forest fires – CalFire. It’s even more impactful when viewing their CalFire map of fires all over our country:

CalFire statewide fire map shows current fires around Placer County

Click on the map above and you’ll go to their actual map that is updated continually – and which you can enlarge to make it easier to read.

National Fire Prevention Week

It’s not just the fires in our area that has made this so important. This is al National Fire Prevention Week. Combine that with the current fires raging in Northern and Southern California and this seems like a great time to share even more useful info and resources to help you prevent fires and strive to stay safe in the event of a fire.

According to the CalFire site, “This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.” It’s wise to talk to your family and discuss two ways out of every single room. Talk about where you will meet once everyone is out of the house. And even plan two ways out of the area in case of an evacuation. After all, there may be a traffic jam in one direction, so best to have multiple options.

Talk to your kids and grandkids about this once they are old enough to understand (and you might be surprised how young that can be). For those caring for elderly parents with memory issues, it can still be a good idea to talk to them about it. You never know when they might remember something. And even if they don’t, it can help imprint the plans in your mind since hopefully you will be the one helping them escape, as well as yourself. Plus it’s good talk about these plans with any caregivers who come while you are away – whether they are babysitting little ones or providing respite care for our beloved seniors.

Kid Fire Safety Videos

When I’m sharing important information like this with my grandkids, I love to use fun and educational videos. Here are a couple I found that I enjoyed and look forward to sharing with my grandkids. They are found in my YouTube Playlists – Public Safety and Grandkid Joys. The first one is excellent, but when it comes to Stop, Drop, and Roll, they only sing a song about it. They don’t actually show it. The second one actually discusses it and demonstrates it AND includes the “cover your face” that so many from when my kids were young did NOT discuss.  🙂

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips for all Ages in Roseville CA and Beyond via Kaye Swain Roseville California Joys

More important fire safety tips from CalFire include:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children and grandchildren how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. (That was a new tip for me! How about you?)
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building!

 

Our City of Roseville Fire Department website is another excellent resource for fire prevention tips as well as what to do in case of fire or other disaster! Here’s one of their safety videos with 10 Safety Tips:

Here are a few more of my own to go with some of their tips:

  • Tip 1 – Don’t forget, the Time Change is coming up on November 5. Be sure to FALL BACK and turn your clock back one hour as well as check the batteries in your smoke detectors AND carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Tip 2 – As the video shows, most of the detectors use 9 volt batteries. I learned the hard way that when the connectors for two 9 volt batteries touch, they can catch on fire. (No fire for me, but they got SO HOT in my pocket where I’d stuffed them!) Always keep them far apart from each other until you safely dispose of them!
  • Tip 5 – Stop Drop Roll AND Cover Your Face! I have never heard the COVER YOUR FACE part. They apparently added that after my kids were older. But it’s vital as it protects your eyes, nose, mouth and lungs!
  • Tip 8 – Lighters, matches AND CANDLES – keep out of reach from little ones AND elderly seniors with memory issues.
  • Tip 9 – In the kitchen, I have moved anything unsafe up so my cute grandkids can safely help me in the kitchen 😉

National Fire Prevention Week reminder that Go Bags good for young old as well as dogs and granddogs

You can find more important safety info at their website, including how to pack a go bag and info to prepare if you have a child or grandchild or are caring for aging parents. (I do love my doggy Go Bag pix! 😉 ).

Thank You To Our Roseville Fire Department and Fire Fighters!

Kudos to all the hard working fire fighters here in Roseville, the surrounding Sacramento Valley Area, and all across our country. We appreciate them all, so much. And during this National Fire Prevention Week, let’s all look for opportunities to remind each other of basic fire safety tips – from the young kids and grandkids to our beloved elderly seniors! Here in Roseville CA, we are blessed to have many opportunities to meet and talk to our fire fighters – including at neighborhood association meetings, National Night Outs, various activities and events through the year, and at their fun open houses. Be sure to stop by, when you get a chance, and say THANK YOU to all our terrific fire fighters! 🙂

Kaye

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