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FAQ Topic: Fire department

A member of my family is disabled. What does they do during a fire?

Assure that you have a well-defined escape plan. Make sure that people who are confined to a wheelchair have immediate access to their wheelchair when an emergency occurs. Call your local police department to make sure the person’s special needs are in the 9-1-1 dispatch system.

Do I need to put a smoke alarm in every room? How many do I need?

Smoke alarms should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, alarms should be installed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms, or family rooms. For more information, check out OCFA’s Smoke Alarm and Home Escape Plan.

What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?

Homeowners should buy an extinguisher that can handle class A-B-C fires. They should be designed to extinguish fires that usually occur in homes, including wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires. Call (714) 573-6200 for a fire extinguisher brochure.

What can I do to protect my home from wildland fires?

To protect your home from wildfires, you must create a safety zone or firebreak by reducing the amount of dead or dying fuel (vegetation) around your home. This does not necessarily mean all vegetation should be removed. In fact, having fire-resistant plants and trees around your home that are properly trimmed and well watered can serve … Continued

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