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Things you should know about fire 

The City of Santa Monica does not face a significant wildfire threat. However, if you are looking for information on this, please go to In any case, every individual can take steps to prevent fires and make their homes and families safer.


Home Fires 

Fire safety preparation for the home is easy.  Simple steps to take include developing a fire escape plan for your family, and educating family members, including children, about safe evacuation. Additionally, be sure to include pets in your family fire escape plan.

Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms save lives.
"Almost two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms." -  

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries on all smoke alarms at least once a year.

Fire Extinguishers

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.

Safety Tips


  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher remember the word PASS 
        Pull the pin 
        Aim low and point the extinguisher at the base of the fire 
        Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly 
        Sweep the nozzle from side to side
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when using the device so you can make an easy escape if necessary.


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