- Remove dead branches overhanging your roof.
- Remove any branches within 10 feet of your chimney.
- Clean all dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
- Install a roof that meets the fire resistance classification for "Class C' or better.
- Create a "defensible space" perimeter by removing all flammable vegetation at least 30 feet from all structures.
- On steep slopes, remove flammable vegetation out to 100 feet or more.
- Space native trees and shrubs at least 10 feet apart.
- For trees taller than 18 feet, prune lower branches within six feet of the ground.
- Choose ornamental landscaping plants that are fire resistive.
- Reduce the number of trees in heavily wooded areas.
- Maintain all plants by regularly removing dead branches, leaves and needles.
- Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from all structures and clear away flammable vegetation within 10 feet of woodpiles.
- Keep propane tanks at least 30 feet from any structure and surround them with 10 feet of clearance.
- Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves and other debris from your yard.
Keeping Cool the Safe Way - Water Safety Tips
- Never leave a child unattended near water.
- A self-closing, self-latching fence should surround backyard pools/spas to prevent children's access to such bodies of water.
- Secure and lock all doors, windows and gates leading to the pool/spa area when not in use.
- Place items, which can be used for climbing (tables, chairs, planters, etc.) away from fences.
- Mount lifesaving devices by the pool in a visible, accessible location.
- Be sure to have a telephone at poolside with emergency number 9-1-1 posted on the phone.
- Remember that inflatable flotation devices are not lifesaving devices.
- Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use.
- Avoid diving and always wade into the water first.
- Don't rely on swimming lessons, life preservers or other equipment to make a child water safe.
bullet Learn CPR with quarterly Friend and Family classes held at Calistoga Fire Department.
See CPR First Aid page for current times & dates.
Beat the Heat
- Don't get dehydrated – consume plenty of fluids, especially water, on hot days.
- Make sure your pets have lots of water as well.
- Never leave children or pets in the car during hot days.
- Dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Wear a hat or umbrella to block the suns rays.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun and apply sunscreen.
Other Outdoor Summer Fun - BBQs and Bonfires
- Never leave a hot BBQ grill or bonfire unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from grills and bonfires.
- For charcoal grills, only use starter fluid designed for grills – NEVER USE GASOLINE.
- Do not add lighter fluid to a fire which is already lit.
- Keep lighter fluid out of reach of children.
- Make sure coals are completely extinguished before disposal.
- Never use a barbeque indoors.
- Keep water nearby in case of emergency.
Playground Equipment and Outdoor Activities
- Always supervise children when using playground equipment.
- Minimize risk of injury by using playground equipment properly.
- Minimize risk of bee and insect stings by wearing shoes and light-colored clothing.
- Children should wear a helmet at all times when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates.