In the Los Angeles area, wildfires, as well as residential or structural fires, are part of our everyday lives. That’s why it’s important to have a familiar plan, in case a fire should occur.

Residential fires are the third-leading cause of accidental death in the home, with yearly property losses reaching billions of dollars. Cooking, careless smoking, arson and faulty heating are often the cause of fires in the home.

Unpredictable wind conditions in Los Angeles can cause dense brush and dry hillsides and canyons. These fires can move at incredible speeds and their heat can quickly rise to thousands of degrees. One of the best ways to keep these fires a safe distance from your home is to make sure that nearby brush is cleared away, according to city and county regulations. All homes should be equipped with properly maintained smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher that you have been trained to use.