Water Your Christmas Tree Every Day!

Here’s an important fire safety tip from Tori in Twain Harte, CA:

Water your Christmas tree every day! A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
Check out more important tips on the Red Cross website:
Seven Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating and Entertaining.

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A Day in the Life of a Disaster Action Team Member

Heath Wakelee

At 12:30 am early Wednesday  morning the phone rang and the cheerful but very dreary voice of Debbie Calcote was saying hello.  I recognized her voice immediately and knew that Debbie would only be calling me if she had exhausted all other options.  Sure nuff – that was the case.

OK I said, I’ll go to Woodland…..Woodland??  Michael Reeves from Sacramento was my partner and he arrived about 1:05 am, 10 minutes before me.  He had called me and said that the location had no fire equipment and no clients.  “Holed on” I said, I’ll be there in 10 minutes and I was.

The street was wet and outside both the front and back doors there was evidence of burned debris being thrown out.  The smell of smoke was fresh but no clients and no fire department…..so I called Debbie.  No contact info for the clients who said that they would stick around and wait for us.  Which they did not.

Fortunately (use of that word is debatable) for Debbie – she had just received another request for a DAT response to Knights Landing.  “Where is Knights Landing” I said and Debbie said “I don’t know.”  Great…I’m thinking it is down in the delta somewhere…..so I punched the address into my navigation system and fortunately it said that the address was only 20 minutes away.  It was now about 1:30 am when Michael and I headed to Knights Landing.

We arrived at about 2:00 am to find a single woman standing near her burned out mobile home.  Temperature about 35°F.  Luckily the trailer park manager allowed us to use her tiny office to do the paperwork.  Our client’s  options were few so we helped her with lodging, food and clothing, comfort kit and well wishes.  We do not carry street sheets for every county nor lists of hotels and perhaps we can put that on the web somewhere so it would be accessible to anyone in need (or perhaps it is already available and I just don’t have the info).

We departed at 3:00 am and I was home at 4:00 am to enter the paperwork and hit the sack by 5:00 am this morning.  Sleep was compromised because the house was very, very cold – turns out the heating system went out and the temperature outside was a cool 34°F.  Fortunately is was only in the low 60s inside.  Long story short – heater repair is now scheduled for tomorrow – Thursday.  Burrrr.

Very glad that we were able to help the one client.  Hopefully She is sleeping somewhere warm tonight.   Our electric blankets will be on high.

My very best to all …. and to all a good night.

Keep Candles Away from Pets and Kids!

Hey, I’m Marigold, but everyone calls me Mari. I know, I look sweet.

But I could start a home fire with my tail. Yup, I could knock a lit candle over and that could do it. So please, keep candles away from me—and all my dog, cat, and little human friends.

We’ll love you more if you do!

Let’s be safe this holiday season!

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Keep Your Family Safe!

For many of us, the holiday season brings cozy evenings with family and friends around the Christmas tree, glowing candles, or a crackling fire in the fireplace. But too often, a dried-out tree, faulty string lights, a forgotten candle or fire in the fireplace can lead to a home fire and the devastating consequences.

Keep your family safe this holiday season. Follow these great safety tips from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.

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Check Your Smoke Alarms Today!

On December 4, the Sacramento City and Metropolitan Fire Departments partnered to stage a dramatic demonstration at their training facility which showed how a dry Christmas tree and faulty lights or a candle can spark a home fire. And, they showed the tremendous value and benefit to working smoke alarms. Though the demonstration fire ignited and grew quickly, the smoke alarm sounded loud and clear providing potential residents the opportunity to escape to safety. Research shows that smoke alarms cut the risk of death from home fires in half. Are your smoke alarms working properly? Have you checked the batteries lately?

Protect yourself and your family in two simple steps:

  1. Develop a fire escape plan.
  • Develop a fire escape plan for your household. Practice it several times every year at different times of the day and night. Make sure everyone can get out of your home in two minutes, or less.
  • Include two ways to exit every room.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes above the ground floor, such as apartments.
  • Pick an outside meeting place for your family to gather. Ensure everyone , young and old, knows where your meeting place is.
  1. Check smoke alarm batteries and install new alarms, if needed.
  • Test your smoke alarm batteries every month.
  • Replace batteries at least once a year, or more often, if needed.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and near every sleeping area.

Be prepared! Make a plan and check your alarms today!