Home Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Most fire related incidents that occur in the home and nearly all home fires are preventable in one way or another. Each of us can share the responsibility of keeping fires from starting in our homes and keeping our families fire safe.
  1. Spring Home Safety
  2. Smoke  & CO Alarms
  3. Fire Extinguishers
  4. Electrical Safety
  5. Disaster & Emergency Preparedness
When Spring Fever hits, it usually means spring cleaning and the start of many outdoor activities. During this time it is also important to ensure your own safety by considering a few safety precautions for you and your family.

How can I protect my family?
General Housekeeping
  • Check, update and restock your home basic first aid kit. If one is not available at home, considering purchasing one or putting one together with some basic first aid supplies.
  • Clean up yard debris, cut back dead limbs and overgrown weeds or grasses to maintain clearance around your home.
  • Reduce the amount of clutter inside and outside your home, including the garage and any storage sheds. While clutter does not start fires, it can become fuel for a fire. Single-family residential households are eligible to schedule and receive 2 free bulky item pick-ups per calendar year. Please contact the Finance Department at (209) 895-8040 for additional information.
  • In 2010, there were an estimated 16,800 U.S. home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines. An easy way to prevent a dryer fire is to clean your dryer and vent by removing any lint buildup from inside the vent hose, inside the back of the dryer, and under the dryer.
Household Chemicals and Flammable Liquids
  • Inside the home, the garage and or storage shed, clean up and properly mark and store away from children's reach any household and pool chemicals, paints, and poisons or pesticides. 
  • Properly dispose of any household hazardous chemicals that are leaking or expired. Household hazardous chemical waste does not belong in the trash or down the drain.  For information on free household hazardous chemical waste disposal, call Public Works, Recycling & Solid Waste at (209) 895-8060 or Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources at (209) 525-6789.
  • Never mix chemicals, even when disposing of them.
  • Use only approved containers for gasoline storage and store only a small quantity.
  • Store gasoline and any other flammable liquids in a cool dry place away from any ignition sources such as a water heater or furnace.
Backyard Recreation
  • Before grilling, check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Remember that all barbeque grills including charcoal grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.
  • Check outdoor play equipment for proper maintenance.
  • Inspect swimming pool and equipment to make sure they're properly maintained and safety features are intact such as self-closing mechanisms and latches on gates and doors that lead to the swimming pool.