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Posted on: September 28, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Look. Listen.Learn.

InstallAlarmC1_1As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Watsonville Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean? Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” is to educate you about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. 

Look for places fire could happen and address the problem. Places such as:

  • The kitchen- Keep anything that can burn away from the stovetop

  • Heaters- Keep flammables 3 feet away

  • Electricity- Check your electrical cords

Listen for the sound of your smoke alarm

  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. 

  • Go to your outside meeting place. Call 9-1-1.

  • Never go back inside for people, pets, or things.

Learn two ways out of every room

  • No matter where you are—at home or in a public building—it’s important to think about your safety from fire. Home is the place where fires happen most often, but fires can happen at other places as well. Learning two ways out of every room could save your life.

  • Make a home escape plan with all your household members.

For more information on fire prevention, visit our website at You can also call our Fire Marshal at 831.768.3231.

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