It Only Takes a Spark
Fall is in full swing and with it comes an increased chance of wild fires. During this precarious period—after a long dry summer, but before the wet winter weather—it only takes a spark to create miles and miles of devastation. Last fall these fires seemed to strike throughout California, from the catastrophic property loss during the Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles to the tragic Camp fire in Northern California that killed over 80 people, many in their 70s and 80s.
The fact that these two events occurred relatively late in the year means that while fire season is already underway, we must remain vigilant in the months ahead. Read on to see how you can protect your tenants and your properties this fall and into the future.
Protect and Prepare
Each year since 1922 the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored Fire Prevention Week, providing tools and educational resources to reduce fire damage. This year Fire Prevention Week takes place from Sunday October 6 to Saturday October 12.
The 2019 theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice your Escape!”, “Today’s homes burn faster than ever,” according to the NFPA. “You may have as little as two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.”
The organization has free information sheets specifically targeted at apartment building tenants, as well as work sheets owners can distribute to tenants to help them come up with an escape plan before a fire strikes. There are even kids activity sheets featuring the Fire Prevention Week mascot, Sparky the Dog. The organization also provides handouts about general fire safety topics like cooking and heating safely, as well as the importance of smoke alarms.