By Kaelyn Floyd. Photos by LACoFD Photographer Doug Morrison.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joined the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the Grossman Burn Center to host a holiday safety news conference at LAFD’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
LACoFD Fire Chief Daryl Osby and LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas shared ways to reduce the risk of fires and prevent injuries during the holidays, including providing safety tips for carbon monoxide alarms and poisoning; electrical fires from extension cords or faulty wiring; and fires caused by improper use of space heaters.
“The best protection for you and your family is to have maintained and working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home which is California law,” said Chief Osby. “This year, we have emphasized the ‘Close Before You Doze’ campaign. We urge residents to close their bedroom doors when going to bed to increase the chances of safely exiting during a home fire and preventing the spread of flames.”
At the news conference, the Grossman Burn Center displayed photos of past burn injuries and a pyrotechnic expert was on hand to demonstrate how quickly a dry Christmas tree will ignite and burn when not properly cared for.
For additional safety tips, please visit the the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s website at wwww.fire.lacounty.gov.