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Spring Forward Into Action: March 2021

The City of Carlsbad’s Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association to “Spring Forward Into Action." Daylight saving time is a great time to plan ahead and prioritize safety in the home. This spring we are encouraging everyone to: 

  1. Test your smoke alarms
  2. Practice your home escape plan 
  3. Close before you doze

Test Your Smoke Alarms

  • Have working smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms and hallways leading to sleeping rooms. Smoke alarms that are interconnected give you the best protection.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years or older.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they are working. 

For more information, visit www.nfpa.org/smokealarms

Practice Your Escape Plan 

  • National Fire Protection Association recommends you should be able to escape your home in less than 2 minutes.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Draw a map and designate a safe place for all family members to meet.
  • Once you get out, stay out.
  • Know two ways out of every room. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.  
  • Close doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
Click here for more information on creating a family escape plan. 


Close Before You Doze 

Research shows that only 29% of people close their bedroom doors when they sleep, but a closed door can mean the difference between 1,000 degrees and 100 degrees during a fire. Additionally, a closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels at 1,000 PPM verses 10,000 PPM when a door is left open.

Having working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside and outside every sleeping room. Have an escape plan and know how to get out quickly. If you can’t get out quickly, having a closed door between you and the fire is critical to your survival. If you don't do this already, start today. "Close before you doze"- it can save your life. 

Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 4 - 10

The City of Carlsbad’s Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!" We invite everyone to celebrate Fire Prevention Week 2020 with us as we focus on kitchen safety for the whole family. 

Please visit us on Instagram @carlsbadfiredepartment and @carlsbadcagov and show us how YOU serve up safety in the kitchen by using hashtags #carlsbadfiresafe2020 and #firepreventionweek2020 in your posts!

Check out our official news release.

Calendar of Events


Our Fire Prevention Team is hosting a series of activities and videos in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, including:

  • Oct. 4-10: Watch for shared videos and kitchen safety tips released via Facebook, Instagram and the City of Carlsbad website
  • Oct. 8: Virtual Culinary Lab, noon to 1 p.m. Join the city’s Senior Center for a live meet-up talking about kitchen safety topics, including how to prevent scalds or burns and reminders to not leave the kitchen while cooking. Sign up here.
  • Oct. 10, LIVE Virtual Fire Station Open House, 10 a.m. Join our virtual open house hosted at Fire Station 3 through the city’s Facebook Live. Join our firefighters as they cook up some brunch in the firehouse kitchen! Captain Matt will discuss cooking safety tips and be available to answer your fire-related questions. Enjoy prize giveaways and a special appearance from our favorite firehouse pooch, Sparky!  


Carlsbad’s Fire Prevention staff shares helpful tips and videos below to keep you and your family safe while cooking in the kitchen. Each link focuses on providing simple but important actions everyone can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Contact Us

Please contact Assistant Fire Marshal Darcy Davidson at 760-602-4662 or by e-mail at darcy.davidson@carlsbadca.gov