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Pictured left to right: Jennifer Leneave, Holly Stains, Junior Walton, Eric Hunter and Leah Sandberg. Photo: Modoc NF

Alturas, Calif. October 18, 2016 – Each year, local, state and federal fire protection agencies visit local schools during National Fire Prevention Week to teach children about fire safety.

This year Modoc National Forest, CAL FIRE, Alturas Fire Department and Modoc County Public Health teamed up to deliver that message to students at Alturas Elementary School. On October 12, students attended a presentation that included lessons on what to do if your clothes catch on fire, when and when not to call 911, what to do if your house is on fire, campfire safety and much more. They also got to watch Alturas Fire Marshal Eric Hunter climb the 75-foot ladder from Alturas Fire Department Ladder Truck 71 and spray water across the school yard. It was a fun and educational morning.

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Modoc National Forest and CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone that even though campfire and burn restrictions have been lifted, burn permits are still required. Please stop by your local Forest Service, CAL FIRE or BLM office to get your free campfire and/or burn permit. Even though wetter weather is expected, never leave your campfire, burn barrel or pile unattended. Please make sure it is “Dead Out”!

In California, all residents are required to have at least one operating smoke detector. The number of detectors needed and their location depends upon the layout of the home. There should be one smoke detector located near sleeping areas. It is also a good idea to have at least one detector on each level of your home, including the basement.

Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year. Daylight Savings is a great time to get this done: “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”. This year, Daylight Savings occurs November 6.

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