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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Equipment Safety

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 19, 2015 – Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to remind people that using equipment the wrong way can start a wildland fire.
Whether working to create a defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe. Here’s how to do it the Right Way:
▪ Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m. Not in the heat of the day, or when the wind is blowing!
▪ Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
▪ Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
▪ Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any equipment. A rock hidden in grass or weeds is enough to start a fire when struck by a metal blade.
▪ In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment including tractors, harvesters, chain saws, weed eaters, mowers, motorcycles, and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).
▪ Keep the exhaust system and spark arresters on your lawnmower in proper working order and free of carbon buildup. Use the recommended grade of fuel and don’t top off.
▪ Keep the engine free of oil and dust, and keep the mower free of flammable materials.
▪ In wildland areas, a permit may be required for grinding and welding operations, and spark shields may be required on equipment. Be sure to have 10 feet of clearance, a round point shovel, and a back pump water-type fire extinguisher ready to use.
▪ Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you won’t even see, until it’s too late! Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush.
▪ Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of a fire.
▪ In wildland areas, a permit may be required for grinding and welding operations, and spark shields may be required on equipment. Be sure to have 10 feet of clearance, a round point shovel, and a back pump water-type fire extinguisher ready to use.
▪ Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you won’t even see, until it’s too late! Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush.
▪ Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of a fire.

Contact

Captain Dave Zaniboni
Information Officer
Office 805- 681-5531
Cell 805-689-0599
News Line 805-681-5546
Email david.zaniboni@sbcfire.com
Twitter @SBCFireInfo

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