FAQ Topic: Fire FAQs

What should I do during an earthquake?

If you are indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table, or crouch down along an inside wall or hallway. If you are outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines. If you are driving, pull your car to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses … Continued

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 our 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.

When I go on vacation. Should I let the fire department know?

Contact your local law enforcement agency when leaving for vacation. Leave an emergency number with your neighbors where you can be contacted in case the OCFA must respond to an incident at your home. Also leave a key with a responsible party and let us know who the party is in case we have to … Continued

A member of my family is disabled. What does he/she 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.

How do I go about drawing up an escape plan for my home/business?

The four basic steps to draw up an escape plan for your home includes the following: Draw a floor-plan of your home Agree on a meeting place Practice your escape plan Make your exit drill realistic For a brochure on exit drills in the home, call the Corporate Communications department at (714) 573-6200.

When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?

The standard response to a residential structure fire includes 3 engine companies, one truck company, one paramedic unit and one Battalion Chief. If these units are not needed, they are released upon arrival. The main goal of the Orange County Fire Authority is to protect lives and property and this level of response is needed … Continued

What do firefighters do when they are not on calls fighting fires?

Training takes up a good deal of their time when they are not on call. Firefighters are required to have at least 20 hours of emergency-related training each month. Firefighters also participate in fire safety inspections and drive the community to become familiar with the area to reduce response time during incidents. Firefighters must also … Continued

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