The most common cause of fires in the city are cooking-related. Food left in the oven or on the stove and cooking accidents are common causes of fires. Please be careful when using your stove and oven.
When was the last time you changed the battery in your smoke detector? Half of the homes in La Mesa that had structure fires, did not have working smoke detectors. State law requires at least one smoke detector, mounted to the ceiling in the hallway to the sleeping rooms of every home. In new homes smoke detectors are required in every sleeping room as well as in the corridors to every sleeping room. It’s a good idea to change your battery in your smoke detector every time you change your clock for daylight saving time.
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Although not required, a fire extinguisher is an excellent addition to any home and garage in case of a fire. They make great gifts as well. The best all-purpose extinguisher is a dry chemical, 2A10BC extinguisher. They weigh about five pounds and are very easy to handle. They can be purchased at any hardware store.