National Fire Prevention Month
Home Fire Safety: Knowing What To Do
In the case of a fire, your first consideration should be
the safety of you and your family. If there is a question
about staying at home or leaving, evacuate immediately. Here
is a list of procedures to follow.
Preparing for the Fire
It is important to make sure you have an evacuation plan and
practice it at least twice a year. This will ensure that
your means of exiting the house are well-established and
understood. Here's a checklist.
Every room needs an escape plan, but the bedrooms should be
a primary consideration.
A window will usually be a secondary exit. Make sure it is
not blocked by furniture and is easily operable by children.
Screens must come off easily. If your home has security
bars, they must have inside quick release devices. Practice
If you have a two-story home, a fire escape ladder is a
must. Have one for each occupied bedroom. Practice using
them out of first floor windows so everyone is knows how
they are deployed.
Install at least one smoke detector on each floor and test
it regularly. Detectors that are over 10 years old should be
replaced. (Most house fires occur at night while the
occupants are sleeping.)
Fleeing the Fire
Once the alarm has sounded, get out fast!!
Do not stop to gather valuables.
Don't let the children look for favorite toys or for the
Remember, there is no luxury of time. Fire moves FAST!
Before opening doors, feel them for warmth with the back of
your hand and look for smoke seeping in around the edges.
If it seems safe, open the door slowly and be prepared to
slam it shut if heat or smoke rush in.
You should have a designated outside meeting place and
everyone should know where it is. Locate the meeting place
well away from the house and make a rule: "ONCE OUT - STAY
As soon as two people have reached the meeting place, one
should leave to call '911'. If calling HB Fire Dept. from
your cell phone, ALWAYS call the direct line to HB
dispatch 310-524-2750 as 911 from a cell phone might be
routed to CHP/Lennox or Lomita Sheriff. The second member
should stay to account for all other family members.
If someone is missing do not go back inside; notify the fire
department as soon as they arrive.
Know and teach your children how to use 911. HBNW has
stickers with the HB Dispatch number for all of your
phones. Please e-mail us for stickers at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail them to
you. Post your house address near the phone.
Rehearsing the escape plan regularly is essential. A
practiced routine will help override panic in an emergency
situation. Children who have had fire drill practice at home
will usually do the right thing in a real emergency. Without
such practice they will usually hide under a bed or in a
closet, which can mean disaster. A small amount of time
spent planning and rehearsing may mean the difference
between life and death in a fire.
Fire is FAST!
There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame
can get completely out of control and turn into a major
only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house.
minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames.
Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep.
you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables
because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick.
There is only time to escape.
Fire is HOT!
Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire's heat alone
Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor
can rise to 600 degrees at eye level.
Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs.
This heat can melt clothes to your skin.
five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it
ignites at once: an event called flashover.
Fire is DARK!
Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black.
Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and
you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and
unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for
Fire is DEADLY!
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.
Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and
poisonous gases that kill.
Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can
make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath.
The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep
before the flames reach your door.
You may not wake up in time to escape.
Fire Safety Tips
Remember, time is your biggest enemy when in a fire, and
every second counts!
Escape first, then call for help.
Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting
Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape
from every room.
Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke
and try to keep your mouth covered.
Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may
cost you your life.
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases
your chances of surviving a fire.
And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with
What Saves Lives
working smoke alarm dramatically increases a person's chance
of surviving a fire.
Approximately 88 percent of U.S. homes have at least one
smoke alarm. However, these alarms are not always properly
maintained and as a result might not work in an emergency.
There has been a disturbing increase over the last ten
years in the number of fires that occur in homes with
non-functioning alarms. It is estimated that over 40
percent of residential fires and three-fifths of residential
fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms.
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Fire Prevention Week with
SPARKY the FIRE DOG!
The month of October is National Cyber Security Awareness
and companies, schools, and governmental organizations are
taking advantage of the next few weeks to brush up on
Internet safety. This is as good a time as any to brush up
on the fundamentals when it comes to
staying safe online:
Protect personal information.
Know who you are dealing with online.
Use all of the proper security programs.
Use strong passwords and authentication technology.
Set-up and update operating system and browsers properly.
Back up your files Know what to do if something goes wrong.
Protect kids online.
Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity at other
homes in your community. If our officers catch a criminal or
interrupt a crime in progress, most of the time it is
because a member of the community calls.
If one person can make a difference, many people working
together can make a huge difference when it comes to crime
prevention. That is why we are enlisting citizens to join
the crime prevention movement through HBNW.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
CRIME - HB Dispatch Number 310-524-2750
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to
recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to
the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be
controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting
crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself
As a registered ShakeOut participant, you are among millions
of people who will be participating in the largest
earthquake drill in U.S. history on November 13! ShakeOut
is an opportunity to practice how to
in earthquakes, and to get more prepared. Please
your friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to
You can forward this email to them, or just call them.
Get Ready to ShakeOut
don't expect to call them soon after an earthquake. This
summer's Chino Hills quake showed how cell and land lines
can be quickly overwhelmed in even a minor tremor. The
earthquake described in the ShakeOut
is 5,000 times bigger, and phones will not work for a much
longer period of time. How will you communicate and reunite
with those you care about?
Join HB Amateur Radio Association!
We're All in This Together
As of September 23, over
3.5 million people
have been registered- as individuals and families,
and through schools, businesses, and other organizations.
To see which organizations are participating in your area,
and click on your county in the right column.
We Can Make History
your help, this will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S.
history, and we all will be much more prepared for the Big
One! If you are registered as an individual, check out the
"invite others" feature when you
where you can send customized messages and then see if
people you have invited have registered! (Organizational
representatives can also register as individuals to use this
(If you've read to the end of this update, we have a special
sneak peak for you! Keep an eye on
over the next few weeks.)