MySafe:LA is making a difference when it comes to fire safety in the home. For many years, on average, 21 people have died as a result of accidental home fires in Los Angeles. MySafe:LA started a focused home fire safety program in 2009 called “FireSmart:LA” and the results have been rewarding – average fatalities have fallen in L.A. year over year, reaching a low of 9 fatalities (in a city of 4 million people) in 2019.
Our FireSmart:LA initiative has been recognized both locally by the Mayor’s office, the L.A. City Council, the American Red Cross, as well as regionally and across the United States. MySafe:LA has on two occasions been recognized as a “model performance” example of Community Risk Reduction by the prestigious Vision 20/20 project.
MySafe:LA conducts community canvassing operations on a nearly weekly basis. Our public safety teams go door-to-door, talking with residents, and when permitted inside, inspecting homes for fire hazards. We also install FREE smoke alarms and CO detectors wherever needed.
Smoke alarms are essential for home fire safety. It’s also the law that all homes in California have 10-year, sealed smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms give an early warning in the event of a fire, and give you and your family a chance to get out of the house safely. Once outside, your family should gather at a pre-designated “safe meeting spot.”
IMPORTANT: Every family should create a family escape plan and should practice evacuating in the event of a fire. Do this at least twice a year – once during the day, and once at night. REMEMBER: Young children may sleep through a smoke alarm’s tones, so at night, if an alarm goes off, check on your kids before exiting the house.
IMPORTANT: Make pets a part of your evacuation plan. However, if you get out of the house and you cannot find your pet(s), NEVER go back into the house. Tell arriving firefighters that your pet is missing and they will work to effect a rescue.
Install smoke alarms just outside the sleeping areas of your home so that the alarm sounds before smoke reaches anyone who is asleep. For extra protection, you can also install a smoke alarm in your child’s bedroom and in the bedrooms of people who sleep with their doors closed.
REMEMBER: Practice makes perfect. Practice can make permanent. Practice your plan with your family at least twice a year. Often it’s a good idea to do this when you change the clocks from Daylight Savings Time to Standard time – and back (every Spring and Fall).
Some of the best fire safety ambassadors are kids. MySafe:LA visits schools in the greater Los Angeles area and teaches 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students about fire safety in the home. We have learned that our students take these life-saving messages home and share them with their parents and guardians.
The core objectives include understanding the risks related to fire, how to plan to escape in advance, and the steps to take to ensure everyone survives a house fire.
We’ve taught hundreds of thousands of L.A. area students during the past decade, and our relationship with the Los Angeles Unified School District and other school systems has made our elementary school fire safety program efficient and effective.