SAN DIEGO — Sunday marked the start of National Fire Prevention Week and fire agencies across the country are reminding everyone to take a few minutes to make sure your home and property are safe. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department stations are among those locally offering safety tips for fire season.  

Fire officials are coming together with a unified message to be prepared before disaster strikes. They say as plants have gone dry and the weather has been hot, it's a perfect storm as we head into fire season.  

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Officials say preparation measures should be taken inside and outside your home. Here are some of their reminders and tips: 

  • Maintaining your vehicle can keep it from sparking or smoking.  
  • Check smoke alarms once a month and change them out every 10 years. 
  • Low lying brush is referred to as light flashy fuels so clearing it away is critical
  • Make sure not to use power tools during the hottest hours.             
  • Everyone is encouraged to have an evacuation plan and a disaster kit at the ready.  
  • If a fire does ignite, the very first thing you should do is call 911. 
  • Rather than trying to put out the flames, officials say grab your valuables and move to a safe area as fast as possible.   

Overall, their message is to prepare for the worst but hope for the best this fire season.   

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Cal Fire San Diego will hold several open houses throughout the week. San Diego Fire Station 10 will hold their open hour with a visual burn demonstration Tuesday. They are located at 4605 62nd St. and the event is slated from 5 – 8 p.m.