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Meet the firefighters at the Fire station open house 

A fireman shows a young firefighting enthusiast some emergency equipment during a past open house at Fire Station 37. (photo by Ralph LoVuolo)

Meet the firefighters at the Fire station open house 

By Karen Herreros

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, for an open house at Fire Station 37, 11640 Spring Canyon Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet the firefighters, check out the fire engines and pick up material for fire safety.

Tips to prepare for disaster

If you look up the definition of fear, there are thousands of definitions. The best way to dispel fear is to be prepared. Do everything you can to be prepared for whatever it is you fear. Here are 10 home preparedness tips to help you be prepared for a disaster of any type:

Know how and where to shut off utilities (gas, water, electricity)

Prevent potential hazards (secure heavy items, latches on cabinet doors)

Surround your home with defensible space and fire resistant plants/landscaping

Make your house fire resistant (roofs, walls, chimneys, deck, fences) and remove excess flammable junk around the house.

Inspect your home for evacuation routes and potential hazards

Make a video/list of all possessions in your home with their make, model numbers, etc.

Review your insurance coverage for adequate replacement costs

Check smoke/carbon monoxide detectors monthly, replace batteries regularly

Keep a battery operated radio with extra batteries to stay informed

Store your home’s disaster supply kit in an accessible location and take it with you.

To learn more about the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, visit www.srfiresafe.org, email srfiresafecouncil@gmail.com or call (858) 201-2711.