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Redwood City Joins with United States Fire Administration to Recognize 2006 Arson Awareness Week – May 7 through May 13

Redwood City, CA - May 1, 2006 - Each year, the United States Fire Administration (USFA - an agency of the Department of Homeland Security) dedicates a week to promoting a national recognition, awareness, and understanding of the arson problem in the U.S., one of our nation’s most dangerous and costly threats to people and property.

While the USFA’s Arson Awareness Week is focused this year on arson in the wildland/urban interface areas, it’s a good time to remind the entire Redwood City community of the importance of residents working together with the City to help prevent arson and protect the safety of our community, property, and lives. The Redwood City Fire Department offers these precautions:

  • Be alert to suspicious persons in carport areas and laundry room areas of apartment complexes
  • Immediately report any suspicious persons or activity to the Redwood City Police at 780-7100
  • In the event of a fire or other emergency, immediately call 911
  • Do not pile easily-combustible material such as furniture, clothing, junk, weeds, etc., in or around carports, laundry rooms, garbage areas, water heaters, underneath stairways, or in common areas.
  • Any fuels, propane cylinders, gas cans, garden machinery, charcoal, barbecue lighters, matches, and other ignition devices should be stored in a safe and secure manner.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers in your home are easily accessible, in good working condition, and that all family members know how to use them.
  • Make sure that smoke detectors are installed throughout the home, especially in sleeping areas, and that they are in good working condition.
  • Have an emergency/fire evacuation plan in place, and practice it with all members of the family.
  • Share all of this information with friends and neighbors.

The Redwood City Fire Prevention Bureau and Building Inspection Department are responsible for ensuring that new buildings and their fire safety systems are adequate and up-to-date. City inspections ensure that new buildings are equipped with appropriate fire safety systems and that their design and construction serve to minimize the threat of fires.

Preventing, mitigating, and preparing for potential fires - particularly arson fires - are important steps in protecting lives, reducing property loss, and providing for firefighter safety. To achieve this requires an effort by property owners, fire service organizations, and involvement by the community and by individuals. Other items which contribute to fire safety in a new building include the type of construction, fire-rated wall, floor, and door materials, and the building’s corridor configuration (related to emergency exit). Through all of these combined efforts, fire safety in Redwood City can be maximized.

Additional community safety tips, including precautions for apartment and other building owners, are available on the City’s website,, by clicking on “Hot Topics” and selecting “Community Safety Tips.” More information on fire prevention is available from the USFA at, or from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) at

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Louis J. Vella
Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal
Redwood City Fire Department

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