Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $8.6 billion annually. The best thing you can do to protect your family is install and properly maintain smoke alarms in your home.
To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. A fire can spread quickly, and there may be no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.
How can I protect myself?
What to do before a fire
What to do during a fire
What to do after a fire
Wildfire Action Plan
Ready, Set, Go!
Ready, Set, Go! for Trail Users
Ready, Set, Go! for Farmers, Ranchers and Growers
Residential Safety Checklist
Equipment Use Safety
County of Ventura Fireline Homepage
Ventura County Fire Department
City of Fillmore Fire Department
City of Oxnard Fire Department
City of Santa Paula Fire Department
City of Ventura Fire Department