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CAL FIRE discusses the do's and dont's of fire safety

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday. Action News Now spoke with CAL FIRE representatives that discussed the do's and dont's of fire safety.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 5:42 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Red Flag Warning will be in effect starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday. Action News Now spoke with CAL FIRE representatives that discussed the do's and dont's of fire safety.


Car safety

DO: 

  • Park in paved areas
  • Make sure vehicle is in good condition
  • Make sure there are no chains dragging on the ground

DONT: 

  • Park in areas with vegetation
  • Leave chains dragging on the ground

CAL FIRE said during a Red Flag Warning, it's important to keep an eye on where people park. Paved areas are OK, but if the area is too grassy, a tailpipe can be hot enough to start a fire. 

If pulling a trailer, CAL FIRE encourages people to keep chains from dragging on the ground. Dragging chains can spark and ignite a fire. 

People should also make sure that vehicles are in good conditions, CAL FIRE said. A bad catalytic converter can cause an unintentional fire while driving. 


Power tools 

DO: 

  • Be cautious when mowing lawn 
  • Put away power tools 
  • Use power tools before 10 a.m. 

DON'T: 

  • Use power tools during a Red Flag Warning

CAL FIRE said it's important to be cautious when mowing the lawn. When it's windy and dry, it's easy for a lawn mower to hit a rock and cause a spark. 

Although humidity is higher before 10 a.m., it's never a good idea to use power tools, CAL FIRE said. 

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates on weather and fire conditions as they become available. 

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