The most serious fires which occur in the Alpine Meadows Fire Department area almost invariably happen within a few hours after the home has been vacated by weekend or vacationing visitors unaware of the hazards which exist in the mountain area of Lake Tahoe. Following is a list of suggestions and hints for the protection of your home from the hazards of fire and other dangers.
When the house is occupied:
Do Keep a screen over the fireplace opening at all times.
Do Clean all wood-burning stoves and fireplaces regularly.
Do Clean all ashtrays.
Do Place ashes from any wood burning appliance in a covered metal container, soak with water and stir, then place away from all buildings and other flammable material. Only after at least 1 week can the ashes be discarded.
Do Have your heating system inspected regularly by a qualified person.
Do Know your exact location (house number and proper street name).
Do Display correct street number so that it can be easily seen, even when the snow is deep.
Do Know the number of the Fire Department -911
North Tahoe Fire Protection District -530-583-6911
FOR EMERGENCY ONLY!!! – 911
Do not PLACE ASHES IN A CARDBOARD BOX OR PAPER BAG!
Do not smoke outdoors.
Do not Place clothing near heating appliances after being outdoors or
after washing clothes in inclement weather.
Do not Place furniture near any heating appliance.
Do not Place portable heaters near any clothing or furniture.
Do not Use flammable liquids to start a fire in fireplaces or stoves.
Do not Place electric cords under rugs or carpet.
Do not Use frayed or worn electric cords.
DO NOT Allow snow or ice to accumulate around propane gas regulators.
DO NOT Park and do not allow your visitors to park where snow has narrowed the roadway.
If the house is to remain heated, check thermostat setting on the furnace and water heater.
If the house is to be completely closed, shut off electricity and water.
Help your Alpine Meadows Fire Department prevent unnecessary home fires. These tragedies are preventable.