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Equipment Use Safety…Are You Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way?

For example, trying to eliminate the fire hazards around your home and in the process starting a wildland fire? Each year CAL FIRE responds to more than 1,600 fires started by Californians using equipment the wrong way.

Why 100 Feet? Because defensible space is your responsibility.

When creating defensible space, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • All equipment with an internal combustion engine must be equipped with an approved and operable spark arrestor.
  • Metal blades striking rocks can create sparks and start fires. Use caution.
  • To protect water quality and habitat do not remove vegetation associated with water, avoid using heavy equipment near waterways and do not clear vegetation near waterways to the bare mineral soil.
  • Keep soil disturbance to a minimum.

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Winter Storm Safety and Preparation

When significant storms are forecast for the central coast of California, Cypress residents are advised to assure that they have necessary supplies for at least three days and that they remain sheltered in place in their homes, at least during the wind portion of the storm. Learn more about how to protect yourself and prepare for winter storms.

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