Columnist – Fire Inspector

Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety

By Mike DeMars, Public Information Officer Central Fire Protection District Central Fire Protection would like to remind everyone to be fire safe during this holiday season. Some holiday fire safety tips include: Make sure that you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home Keep candles away from flammable materials Extinguish candles when […]






Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

By Mike DeMars, Fire Inspector Central Fire Protection District As we enjoy the summer months with friends and family, there are several safety items to consider that can reduce the chance of fire or injury during summer activities. ••• Barbecues Cooking outdoors during the summer months can be an enjoyable experience. Before using the barbecue […]






Wildfire Season Preparation

Wildfire Season Preparation

Northern California has Driest First Quarter in 50 Years  Mike DeMars-Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District Are you ready for wildfire season? According to CAL FIRE, Northern California has had the driest recorded winter three-month (January, February, March) period in fifty years. These reports reflect what is present in Santa Cruz County with extremely dry […]






Kitchen Fire Safety

Kitchen Fire Safety

By Mike DeMars – Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District Unsafe cooking practices are the leading cause of unreported fires and fire related injuries. The most common cause of fires in the home is food left cooking unattended. The kitchen can be a high-risk fire area if safe cooking habits are not practiced. A common […]