Young children are attracted to fire and to fire setting. Curiosity about fire is quite normal for children. They often show this interest when they light small fires or play with matches. Children like to imitate adults who light cigarettes, candles and fireplaces.
Please teach your children some rules about match safety:
- Matches found at home should be given to an adult.
- Matches found at school should be given to the teacher.
- Matches should be taken away from little children and given to an adult.
- Report fires to an adult and ask them to call the fire department.
By educating children about fires, we can reduce the incident of injury and damage due to children playing with matches.
4th of July Safety Tips:
Illegal Fireworks: Any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground is illegal in California. The most common examples are firecrackers, M-80s, bottle or skyrockets, roman candles and chasers.
Note to Parents:
The sale and use of Safe and Sane fireworks in your community is prohibited by local ordinance (check with your local fire prevention). If they are allowed, Safe and Sane fireworks can only be purchased from a State Fire Marshal licensed retail stand from noon on June 28th to noon on July 6th. If your child has any fireworks prior to June 28th, the items are probably illegal and dangerous and should be turned over to your fire department! Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
It is strongly recommended that citizens attend community-sponsored professional fireworks displays, rather than use their own. If your local jurisdiction allows Safe and Sane fireworks, the following rules need to be followed:
To Use Safely:
- Always read directions and use common sense.
- Have an adult present.
- Use outdoors only – away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects.
- Light one at a time, then move away quickly.
- Keep others at a safe distance.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never alter or take apart.
- Do not give to young children under any circumstances.
- Have a bucket of water handy for emergencies and for dousing misfired and spent fireworks.
- Never attempt to re-light or fix malfunctioning fireworks.
Please direct any questions to Albany Fire Department Fire Prevention at 510-528-5775.
Home Fire Sprinkler Week
May 17-23, 2020
Please Join the Albany Fire Department as they recognize Home Fire Sprinkler Week - May 17-23, 2020
As the world continues to deal with the ongoing demands of COVID-19, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) have cancelled live events that week in favor of a North America wide virtual effort to show the value of home fire sprinklers from May 17-23.
To simplify this transition to virtual, they’ve created digital resources designed to educate and inspire through website traffic and social media. This is an opportunity to educate with appropriate social distance. Across the U.S. and Canada, the fire service will bring together their digital voices and safely spread the word about the life saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.
Below is the social media calendar:
- Monday May 18, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Fire is Fast!”
- Tuesday May 19, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Fire Sprinklers are Reliable and Simple”
- Wednesday May 20, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Every Home Needs Fire Sprinklers + Join Us on Facebook Live”
- Thursday May 21, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Fire Sprinklers are Smart and Green”
- Friday May 22, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Fire Sprinklers Bring it Home”
For more information, visit the HFSC website.