California homeowners are you prepared for winter? Be aware of fire safety around your home.

Make it a family habit to check your smoke detectors and replace the batteries every fall when you change your clocks back. Replace old and non-working smoke detectors.

Do you own a
fireplace, wood-burning stove or portable heater? What about a gas or an
electric furnace? If so, you need to take steps to make sure that they are safe
and used properly. This should be done well before the arrival of the heating
season.

Have your
furnace inspected to make sure that it will operate properly in cold weather.
Clean filters and vents will go a long way to keep your furnace a source or
warmth rather than a cause of a fire loss. An inspection should also make
certain that your furnace is not a creating a dangerous carbon monoxide
buildup.

Be very
careful with the use of portable heaters. Depending upon the type, they can be
prone to malfunction or could be a hazardous source of burns, especially for
children. Further, many types can be easily tipped with the combination of heat
source and fuels, creating a serious fire hazard.

Make sure you have adequate brush clearance around your home.  Clean up dead leaves and wood near your property.  Red flag winds can come up at any time. 

Simple fire safety and awareness may save your family’s life!

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