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Office of Emergency Management


Things you should know about fire 


The City of Santa Monica does not face a significant wildfire threat. Santa Monica can be impacted by secondary effects of wildland fires such as freeway closures, utility disruptions, and poor air quality.

Many Santa Monica residents visit areas at risk of wildland fires. Wind-driven wildfires are unpredictable and dangerous. Know the terminology and actions to respond to a wildfire.


Red Flag Warning:

– Ready! Set! Go!


  • READY: Know the risk of places you visit. Check the Fire Risk at your California camping sites or hiking trails at Have an escape plan with two evacuation routes out of the area.
  • SET: If a wildland fire threatens you area, prepare to leave. Always have a small disaster kit in your car and always travel with at least half a tank of gasoline. Sign up for emergency alerts in the areas that you frequent or travel to, especially if they are prone to wildland fires.
  • GO: Evacuate early or evacuate immediately when told to do so.

For more information on wildfire preparedness, please visit n wildfire preparedness, please visit CAL Fire Prepare for Wildfire site:

Structure Fires 

Home or business fire safety 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.
  • Most smoke alarms purchased today have 10-year batteries. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for battery replacement and when to replace smoke alarms.

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.

Know when to go. The most important step to your fire response plan is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan. Always remember your safety first and call 911 for help.

It is not recommended to teach children how to use a fire extinguisher. Instead, children should be taught to get out, and stay out in case of fire.

Response Tips

  • Call the Fire Department by dialing 9-1-1 or use a fire pull station, if appropriate.
  • Know how you are going to evacuate the room. Don’t allow fire, smoke, or heat get between you and your exit path.
  • Evacuate if heat is easily felt on exposed skin, smoke is quickly filling the room, the fire is spreading, or the fire involves a flammable solvent. 
  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not spreading.  
  • 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
  • Back away from the extinguished fire, as flames can light up again.
  • Evacuate if the extinguisher is empty and the fire is not put out.
  • 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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