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Fire Safety During Winter Storms
Contra Costa County
Fire Protection District
4005 Port Chicago Highway,
Concord, CA 94520-1180
Phone: (925) 941-3300
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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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
“CANDLE WITH CARE”
- 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
- 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
ready to use during a power
outage. Never use candles.
Candle Safety PDF