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Friday, September 2, 2011

CAL FIRE URGES EXTRA SAFETY OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND



As Labor Day weekend approaches, millions of people will plan to recreate in the outdoor areas found throughout California. In anticipation of the increased outdoor activities, CAL FIRE officials are urging everyone to exercise extra caution and safety this holiday weekend.  
With increasingly dry grass, brush and timber all across the state due to the hot and dry weather that California has faced this summer, 2011 threatens to be a dangerous year for wildfires. Tens of thousands of acres have already burned in the wildland this year in California, and the potential for additional large, destructive fires only increases as we approach the fall months. Wildfires are not the only danger posed by the outdoors; drownings also dramatically increase during the Labor Day weekend. CAL FIRE responds to water rescues all across the state, many of which tragically claim the lives of both adults and children.
CAL FIRE urges everyone to follow these important safety tips this holiday weekend:
Camping:
  • Obtain necessary permits needed for campfires
  • Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times
  • Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving
  • When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended
In the Water:
  • Always wear a life jacket!
  • Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult
  • Never swim alone
  • Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous and drinking and driving.

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    ****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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