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Protecting Your Home From Wildfire - Part Four

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 |

Recent brush fires in Southern California have highlighted the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness. In part four of a four part series, FOX-11 Los Angeles helps firefighters dispel common myths about wind-driven fire.

KTTV-TV's Carlos Amezcua reports...



While many hazards in Los Angeles are managed by our annual Brush Clearance Program, the men and women of the LAFD ask you to remain cognizant of fire weather and local Red Flag Parking Restrictions.

Your personal awareness of current wildfire danger, combined with preventive actions and wildfire preparedness are key to our collective success in surviving brush fires.

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

More video

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:03,

While we don't plan on offering too many 'serial' (multi-part) video posts in the foreseeable future, we do hope to offer more single post comprehensive videos in the weeks to come.

That much said, we'd like to thank Bob Tarlau and the hard-working behind the scenes folks at KTTV Fox-11 in Los Angeles for the considerable effort they took to make this timely series possible.

It was our pleasure to share their work with you, and we hope you will consider some of their suggestions.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

I for one, would love to see an increased use of fire retardant home applications, such as Barricade Gel and Safe T Guard and other similar products. Increased use of these would not help the initial houses to catch, but would mean fewer burned houses in the subsequant hours, less fuel for the fire, and more efficient allocation of fire fighting resources. I don't know of a single person that wouldn't opt to spend $300-500 to spray their home instead of seeing it burn to the ground.

We are seeing increased devastation on a yearly basis and these product may lower the total loss of home, life, cost of fire fighting efforts and need for emergency funds. We know this is happening yearly - prevention is a huge key to decreasing the devastation. Why isn't info about home fire retardants more widespread?

JLKoontz

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

JL Koontz,

Thanks for the note. As the video noted, there are many 'tools' for inhibiting the foothold and spread of wildfire, and not a single one seems alone sufficient to abate the perennial nemesis we face in California.

As seen in the four episode video (which we are glad you watched), the physical presence of wind driven embers in concealed spaces - often into the eaves and attic vents that remain unprotected by the typical application of a foam or other retardant, is among the most common and aggravating problems.

That much said, the men and women of the LAFD have been active proponents of *multi-phase* structure protection, which has recently included seminars in areas of historic wildfire impact.

While we are pleased to join insurance companies and homeowner associations in introducing the concept of barrier foam or other retardant, we are adamant in mentioning that there are no single or simple solutions to making our homesteads wildfire resistant, much less fireproof.

If you would like to help spread the word of wildfire safe living in your community, please consider joining or forming a Fire Safe Council in your area.

Thanks for the engaging question, and for visiting the LAFD News & Information blog.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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