Public Education & Safety


Carbon Monoxide Alert
Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.  Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required in all homes.  See Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips for more information.

Smoke Alarms
Smoke Alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.  Read the Smoke Detector Safety Tip sheet for further information and placement of smoke detectors.

Fire Prevention in Your Home

There are so many ways to be safe in your home.  View Fire Prevention in your Home for many useful tips.

Living with Fire in Santa Cruz County
A Guide for Homeowners
» Creating a Defensible Space Around Your Home
» General Guidelines for Creating Defensible Space
» 100 Feet of Defensible Space
» Homeowner Checklist: Make Your Home Fire Safe

After the Fire
When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.  This 16-page booklet provides information on recovering from a fire, including what to do during the first 24 hours, insurance considerations, valuing your property, replacement of valuable documents, salvage hints, fire department operations, and more. 

Child Seat Safety
Starting January 1st 2012. children must ride in the BACK SEAT in a properly secured child passenger restraint system (car seat/booster) until they are AT LEAST 8 years(some exceptions).  Vehicle safety belt should fit as follows: lap belt low (touching the thighs), shoulder belt across middle of chest and shoulder (not under arm or behind back), knees bent comfortably without slouching. If your child does not fit this description, make sure they ride in a booster seat. It is always a good idea to have a certified technician check the installation of your car seat 

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!

Energizer LogoSponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer brand batteries, the program urges you to adopt a simple lifesaving habit: Change all of your Smoke Alarm batteries when you change your clocks back to Standard Time each fall.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Due to City budget cuts, CERT is no longer available through the Santa Cruz Fire Department. You can check the Santa Cruz County CERT Council's Website for other agencies that provide CERT.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and AED Training
The Santa Cruz Fire Department does not provide CPR training to the public.  Please see our list of CPR Providers

Earthquake Preparedness
Don't be caught off guard.  Be prepared for the next earthquake. 

File of Life

File of Life Refrigerator MagnetThe "File of Life" is a refrigerator-style magnet folder that contains vital patient information for EMS personnel. It also comes with a wallet-size card that can be carried with you in the event of an emergency away from home.   


Just for Kids

Sparky"Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned."  See the numerous resources to help kids and families stay safe from fire.



Safety Tips 
Tip sheets brought to you by the National Fire Protection Association

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