New LA County Fire Dept. Brochure Guide Offers Helpful Life-Saving Tips on Keeping Homes Safe During COVID-19 Stay at Home Orders

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April 23, 2020 - 2:06 pm
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department is offering a guide to families who can make their homes ready in case of fire and learn how to safely escape.

The department is offering the guide in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation.

The guide,  Family Instructions for Rapid Escape (F.I.R.E.), is not only a guide with helpful tips on what to do and how to prepare, but offers advice to children in the form of a coloring book.

The guide brochures include information on making an escape plan, practicing fire drills, properly installing and maintaining smoke detectors, and checklists for fixing potential hazards when it comes to windows and doors.

Please go to the website to find and download the guide and coloring book: https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/f-i-r-e/

 Inspector Sean Ferguson says that due to the Stay at Home orders, living circumstances in many homes have changed.

"Really it's all about unusual routines and circumstances right and so many folks at home, there's a lot of distractions we are all dealing with right now. And as a result, we have seen some unintended cooking. Cooking is the leading cause of fire. We have to be cognizant of that. And further, we have to plan our escape routes if a fire does occur in our home," Ferguson said.

In a Thursday appearance alongside the LA County Department of Public Health briefing, Chief Daryl Osby said the LA County Fire Department has had to answer the calls to four separate fires with fatalities with six people in the last week and of those six fatalities, two were teenagers.

"We have two brochures, the Family Instructions for Rapid Escape which is called F.I.R.E., one brochure here for adults as far as a checklist and another brochure here that was designed by my firefighter-paramedics as it relates to a coloring book. It gives guidance in relation to what you can do now to protect your families in the unlikely event of a fire in your home," he said. 

Osby said when looking at statistics, 70 percent of fatality fires occur at night and unfortunately, he said three of the incidents this week occurred mid-morning or early afternoon.

He said families should go through the guides, ensure they have working smoke detectors, practice exit drills and they know what to do in advance of a fire.