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Summer Fire Prevention Tips

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Reducing the Risk of Wildfire Threat

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  • 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.

Boy Playing in the Sand