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Tips to Keep You Safe

July Safety: Extreme Heat and Firework Safety

The July safety tips arrive in the setting of an unusually hot Southern Arizona summer. Recognition and prevention of harmful effects of extreme heat to people and pets will be our focus. Additionally, as Green Valley Fire is now the “Santa Rita Fire District” (note our new name, and welcome Sahuarita readers), no summer safety article would be complete without discussing fire prevention and fireworks safety. Extreme Heat is defined as a period of two days or longer, of temperatures above 90 degrees. Residents of Southern Arizona are exposed to extreme heat every summer. Let’s review how to prevent and respond to heat emergencies.

Hiking and Outdoor Safety Tips You Should Consider

Arizona is a beautiful state with breathtaking views that offers over 2,800 hiking trails for various levels of difficulty. To achieve the best hiking experience, there are several things to consider. It’s not recommended that you hike without doing your research and having a plan.

Critters of the Desert: Snakes and other Desert Pests

What a scary topic! As we all know, knowledge is power. The better educated we all are about what desert pests and snakes are in our environment, the safer we will all be. We will be reviewing the most common venomous desert pests and snakes in the southwest. How to recognize them, where to find them and what to do if bitten or stung.

Preparations for Wildfire Season

Multiple factors in the recent past have contributed to an increase in the number of wildfires year-round: Fuel is readily available from timber, wild grasses, and brush. Temperatures favor wildfires in that both higher environmental temperatures and high velocity winds result in increased size, speed and intensity of fire spread. With this in mind, let’s consider homes in the vicinity of a wildfire that is spreading quickly.

Prevention of Kitchen Surface Fires

Our topic this month is to keep “Good” things coming out of our kitchens and not bad. So, we’ll be taking a bit about kitchen surfaces as they relate to fire prevention. Kitchen surfaces collect grease and oil. Counter tops and stoves have appliances that use electricity, and open flames from cooking present their own potential danger. Let’s review:

Smoke Alarms and a Fire Escape Plan

Our recent safety articles have addressed what to do to prevent commonly known causes of fire. Now let us talk about what to do if a fire breaks out. The obvious answer is to get out of the house quickly. But did you realize a fire may spread through the house in as little as two minutes!

Winter Home Heating Safety

This month we are reviewing home heating equipment as another leading cause of home fires. Space Heaters are singled out as responsible for one third of all home heating fires. Despite not being the Number #1 cause of home heating fires, the sobering statistics are that space heaters fires are responsible for 9 out of 10 deaths and 4 out of 5 injuries related to home heating equipment.

December Holiday Safety

December conjures images of Christmas filled with traditions: Christmas trees, favorite holiday decorations, stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle, and a fire burning in the fireplace. While we prepare our homes for these joyous occasions, we must also pay attention to some basic safety recommendations to prevent your holiday being interrupted by a fire in your home. Please take a moment to review some of these basic safety recommendations that will allow you to enjoy this season to the fullest.

Thanksgiving Safety – Cooking Fires, Child and Pet Safety

Home Cooking Fires was the topic of our October safety article, highlighting Fire Prevention Week. Why then does Thanksgiving get singled out specifically, as a topic in November? Thanksgiving has three times the amount of home fires, more than any other day of the year. Home cooking fires are responsible for almost 50 % of these fires. Unattended cooking is the most common cause of Thanksgiving Day Fires. We will look at keeping the cooking area safe, turkey fryer fires and keeping children and pets in mind while cooking.

National Fire Protection Week – October 8-14, 2023

National Fire Protection week is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada. The specific week is chosen to highlight the date of October 9. Whatever week starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday that includes October 9 is designated as National Fire Protection Week.