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Fire Safety During Winter Storms

Fire Safety During Winter Storms

Candle Safety Tips

Candle Safety

Contra Costa County
Fire Protection District
Administrative Office:

4005 Port Chicago Highway,
Suite 250
Concord, CA 94520-1180

Phone: (925) 941-3300
E-mail: info@cccfpd.org


Winter Weather is Here;
Are You and your Family Ready?

Winter weather and its annual hazards has arrived in the Bay Area. Con Fire encourages you to be safe this winter season by learning how to protect your family, home and neighbors. Here are some tips to help you do that. You’ll also find more winter weather tips elsewhere on this page:

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly and ensure they are working. If NOT the 10-year versions, replace batteries EVERY fall at the daylight savings time change. If 10-year type, note install date and PLAN AHEAD to replace them
  • Have an emergency evacuation plan and exercise it with EVERY family member regularly. Know where you are going to meet outside the home so you know everyone is safe
  • ALWAYS sleep with your bedroom doors closed, this simple act can buy you and your family time to escape a house fire when normal exit routes are blocked by smoke or fire
  • At the first sign of fire, EVACUATE, and call 911. Today’s house fires, though somewhat less frequent, burn faster and produce deadly smoke much faster. You have very little time to escape this toxic smoke. Evacuate immediately.

AND, a great source of information on the many emergency situations we may encounter, along with how to prepare to protect yourself, your family, your home and your neighbors AHEAD of the emergency is our Residents Guide on the Con Fire homepage: www.cccfpd.org.

Sneaky Winter Driving Hazards

Sneaky Winter Driving Hazards

Sneaky Winter Driving Hazards

Fire Safety during Winter Storms

Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause us problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

  • Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.
  • Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
  • Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
  • Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online.
  • Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help.
  • Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
  • Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
  • Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed
  • Fire Safety During Winter Storms PDF

    Candle Safety

    Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.


    • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
    • Keep candles at least 1 foot (30 centimetres) away from anything that can burn.

    If you do burn candles, make sure that you...

    • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
    • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
    • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
    • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
    • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
    • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

    Candle Safety PDF