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Colton Fire District offers smoke alarm and safety inspections to all residences and businesses located in the district. In the inspections we will check smoke alarms and recommend where additional alarms could be stationed. Fire extinguishers will be checked and possible recommendations of additional and or other types of extinguishing agents to use. Any safety concerns will be relayed. Information will be provided to help you protect the structure from forest fires and recommendations to help assist the defense of your structure. All recommendations are to help protect the occupants and structure. Preparation of fire detection systems and evacuation plans will give you the best chance of survival.




Early warning devices are critical, make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. Fire injuries and death are associated with smoke, not flame. Properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms can help prevent injury and reduce property damage, increasing your chances of survival of getting out and calling 911. Risk of death is twice as high in homes without smoke alarms compared to homes with working smoke alarms.


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), non-working smoke alarms are usually because of dead, missing or disconnect batteries.

Escape Planning

Especially in families with younger children having a established emergency plan in-case of a fire is essential

  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

  • Shut your doors on the way out.  Reducing air flow into the house will slow the spread of fire.

  • Don't go back into the house! Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Fire extinguishers are effective to put out small fires. Stage the extinguisher in locations that are readily available to access. Arming yourself with the correct extinguisher will keep small fires from spreading out of control. If you use the extinguisher and the fire continues to burn, exit the structure and immediately call 911.

P.A.S.S. Method


Standing 5ft. away from the fire you with a clear evacuation path behind you use the P.A.S.S procedure. Evacuate immediately if the fire continues and the extinguisher is empty.


P - Pull the pin


A - Aim near the base of the fire


S - Squeeze down on the lever


S – Sweep the nozzle side to side

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