A Question From CAL Fire, "Are You Doing The Right Thing, The Wrong Way?"

A Question From CAL Fire, "Are You Doing The Right Thing, The Wrong Way?"

With more hot weather headed our way, here’s a question from Cal-Fire, “Are you doing the right thing, the wrong way?”  Are you doing the right thing the wrong way -for example, trying to eliminate the fire hazards around your home and in the process starting a wildland fire?  Each year CAL FIRE responds to more than 1,600 fires started by Californians using equipment the wrong way.  Whether working to create a defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly.  Lawn mowers, weedeaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire.  Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m. Not in the heat of the day, or when the wind is blowing!  Remember too, hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you won’t even see, until it’s too late!  Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush.  And always, keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of a fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe.

Written by KVGC Staff

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