Winter Fire Safety
The San Miguel Fire District, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.
Dry Tree vs. High Moisture Tree Fire
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The San Miguel Fire District takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from a wildfire. But the reality is, during a major wildfire, there will simply not be enough fire engines or firefighters to defend every home, so you must become part of the solution.
If your home borders a natural area, what firefighters call the Wildland Urban Interface, you are at risk from a wildfire. And, if you live within one mile of a natural area, you live in the Ember Zone. Homes in the Ember Zone are at risk from wind-driven embers from a wildfire.
Please do all you can to make your home resistant to wildfires and prepare your family to leave early and safely. We call this process “Ready, Set, Go!”
Below you’ll find information about the Ember Zone and how to retrofit your home with ignition resistive features. We’ll show you the importance of having defensible space around your home and the preparations you need to make so you can leave early, evacuating well ahead of the fire.
It’s not a question of if, but when, the next wildfire will occur. With advance planning and preparation, you can dramatically increase your safety and the survivability of your property.
Preparing for the Fire Threat: Be Ready, Be Firewise. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Make sure all residents residing within the home are on the same page, plan escape routes. For more information about how to be Ready for wildland fires, go to Firewise.org
Situational Awareness When a Fire Starts: Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and your local fire department for updated information on the fire.
Act early! Following your action plan not only makes you prepared, but helps firefighters best respond to a wildland fire, which strengthens both yours and their safety.
Non-Emergency Contact: 619-670-0500
2850 Via Orange Way
Spring Valley, CA 91978
San Miguel Fire District
Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8 am - 12 pm | 1 pm - 5 pm
CARBON MONOXIDE: THE QUIET KILLER
With colder weather come increased carbon monoxide dangers in your home. Please watch and read the information below for safety tips.
For more safety information visit the U.S. Fire Administrative Prevention Page.
Fire Extinguisher Use Video:
Wildfires are now a year-round reality in San Diego County. We now face the height of the season. This means that both firefighters and residents have to be on heightened alert for the threat of wildfire at all times.
Your firefighters train hard and make countless preparations to be ready for a wildfire. Residents need to do the same. Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property.