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Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG


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Before a Fire

  • Park your car facing outward and keep your keys with you
  • Place important documents, records, and digital files inside the car
  • Unplug automatic garage door openers in case of power failures
  • Have pet carriers and trailers ready to go
  • Close all doors and windows inside your home. Leave all drapes and coverings open but leave lights on
  • Move combustible materials away from exterior of home

During a Fire

  • Evacuate
  • Stay together
  • Stay calm

After a Fire

  • Return when it is safe
  • Make sure your utilities are operational
  • Maintain a “fire watch”
  • Photograph damages for insurance purposes

Learn more about what to do in the event of a emergency

Prepared by the Los Angeles Fire Department, this Emergency Preparedness Guide has valuable information about a wide range of emergencies.