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By George Fotion | Broker in Palos Verdes Estates,...

Palos Verdes Fire Safety Tips


Good advice and we probably have all seen this dozens of times ... still ... worth reviewing. 

                                                                                                                                                                   CITY OF PALOS VERDES ESTATES

L.A. County Fire Department’s Fire Safety: Wildfires

Each year fire burns millions of acres  of woodland across the United Sates.  We can better live with the land by learning about the narutal areas we inhabit and whatpalosverdesestatescityhall we can do to reduce our risk of loss if wildfire occurs.  Homes that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire.  In a wildfire, EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

For the fifth time in the past 10 years, the largest loss associated with fires and explosions occurred in the wild lands. For the second year in a row, it happened in Southern California. The 2007 California wildfires destroyed 1,500 homes and over 500,000 acres of land. Nine people died as a direct result of fire and 85 were injured, including at least 61 firefighters. No structure, or natural or cultural resource, is worth a human life.

Firefighters count on you. If you own a home in a fire-prone area, you should take a few simple steps to make your property more defensible. It will increase your safety, firefighter safety, and the chance that your home will survive a fire. You can follow these simple steps from the L.A. County Fire Department:

  1. Clear an area of 30 feet immediately surrounding your home. This area requires the greatest reduction in flammable vegetation.
  2. Reduce Fuel Zone. The fuel reduction zone will depend on the steepness of your property and the vegetation. Spacing between plants improves the chance of stopping a wildfire before it destroys your home.
  3. Remove all build-up of needles and leaves from your roof and gutters. Keep tree limbs trimmed at least 10 feet from chimneys and remove dead limbs that hang over your home or garage. You should also consider a screen, of not more than ½-inch mesh, over your chimney outlet.
  4. If you have a fire hydrant adjacent to your property, please keep it clear of plant and grass overgrowth to ensure the hydrant is visible from the street.
  5. Be Prepared for a Fire! One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames (Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm). A smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire. Make, and practice, a home fire escape plan and set a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two escape routes from their bedrooms.

The Fire Department cautions that when clearing vegetation, use care operating equipment such as lawnmowers. One small spark may start a fire.

As a resource to Palos Verdes Estates’ residents, firefighters at Fire Station #2, located on the ground level of Palos Verdes Estates’ City Hall, provide courtesy fire inspections on properties surrounding homes to ensure compliance with the Fire Code.

For more information about fire hazard awareness, or regarding the fire safety of your property, please call Fire Station #2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (310) 373-6539 and ask for the Captain on duty.

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