October 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action.
October 4, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - It’s pretty inevitable living in California, even if your home is not in the path of a fire, you can still be affected by smoke particles released into the air from wildfires reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
September 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Were stepping right into Fall this week so make sure you don’t slip or slide into it! Recent rain and more in the forecast will make roads slippery. Go about it safely reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
September 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - National Child Passenger Safety Week is this week. Make sure the ones you love are safe and secure in the car on every trip reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
September 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in three children in the united States is overweight? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk and is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.
August 31, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Both have been tested as some of this year’s most destructive fires came dangerously close to the Napa Wine Region. Several fires have also burned near Paso Robles. We're still not out of the woods as drought conditions and warm temperatures continue reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
August 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Traffic? Rude or obnoxious people? Crime? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could vaccinate specific things or people from our lives. Unfortunately, those toxic people and situations are the association dues we must pay for being alive.
August 3, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Wildfires are burning throughout the State and things will only get worse before they get better says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. If by chance you are near a wildfire, you may be asked to evacuate. Here are some things you should know if you find yourself in that situation:
July 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --We feel the impact every day. Warm temperatures and lack of rain continue to increased drought conditions. With greater evaporation, particularly during the summer and fall, this will and is exacerbating drought conditions resulting in an extremely high increase of wildfires. Fires are spreading at a phenomenal rate of spread. A deadly and disastrous rate that impacts us all!
July 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Observing the calls being dispatched this weekend certainly proved a lack of common sense, civility and what a tender box we truly are in as fireworks and careless acts sparked additional wildfires, homes and even commercial business fires this Fourth of July weekend. Most from illegal fireworks. Stop and Think!
June 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Drowning incidents are dramatically on the rise locally and statewide. Parents whose children have drowned say the day of the tragedy started out just like any other day. No matter how the drowning happened or where it happened -- pool, spa, or any other body of water -- one thing was the same, the seconds that claimed their child's life slid by silently, without warning, it happens just like that and can never be brought back. Drowning is Preventable reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
May 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Each year more than 135,000 Americans die from stroke—or one person every four minutes—died from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. May is Stroke Awareness Month reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
April 27, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - I know it’s Cinco de Mayo May 5th, but too much alcohol makes you look and act foolish, and it’s also a factor in aggressive and unwanted behavior. Be the bigger hombre and just “let it go” if you have an unpleasant encounter with someone who may be under the influence of insecurity, alcohol or both. It’s not worth the confrontation.
April 21, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--It surrounds us all. At home, driving, work, in stores, school, the news, everywhere you go it’s there. It’s this thing called “stress.” Like water, it find its way into every level and area in our life. Unfortunately it’s very unhealthy reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It’s been reported to cause heart disease, ulcers, headaches, obesity, depression, anxiety, and accelerates aging to name a few. "It can exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of."
April 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--We’ve all encountered them at one time or another, and never a pleasant experience “snakes!” (and I’m not referring to some of those ‘special’ people in your life). “Though snake season usually doesn’t start until mid-March and really picks up steam between April and May, there have been an alarmingly high increase in snake sightings says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”
March 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Our state’s drought really is a state of emergency, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. The state is now around 40 million, and growing. What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row?
March 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Yes, there actually is a 5 - leaf clover, which is a mutation of the 4 - leaf clover that does appear occasionally. The superstition is the 5 –leaf clover is for extra good luck. On St. Patrick’s Day, you won’t need good luck, but common sense to make it a great St. Paddy’s Day and not a Paddy Wagon Day!
March 2, 2015 (San Diego)--It’s nice to finally write about rain! We have a few more storms in the forecast and we certainly need it. We all like singing in the rain but driving in it? It’s rather stressful even when it’s not raining says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Most people just don’t pay attention or exercise common sense much anymore. We have far too many distractions at our disposal. There are around 707,000 automobile crashes each year due to rain, resulting in approximately 3,300 deaths and 330,200 injuries.
February 16, 2015 (San Diego)--If your husband has chest pain you’d call 911. However, many women may not recognize signs of heart attacks themselves. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's. Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America. Yet acting quickly is vitally important.
February 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Heart disease kills over a half million people every year. It’s no surprise February is Heart Awareness month. Together, we all can prevent and cardiovascular disease (CVD), one step at a time says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
January 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - As you Coach and prepare Super Bowl festivities this weekend make sure to be a good sport and keep your ‘Safety’ front and center at all times says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
January 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Cool weather is upon us and that means more home heating use. This time of year, firefighters respond to an increase call load of “odor of gas in a structure” says Chief DiGiovanna. You likely haven’t used your heating unit in several months. It’s a good idea to have them checked before firing them up this winter. Heating appliances should be serviced annually to keep them operating safely and efficiently. “A licensed heating contractor or Southern California Gas Co. Representative can provide this service for you.”
December 23, 2014 (San Diego)--Is there that hard to buy for someone special in your life? I don’t think anything could be more special than to say Happy Holidays by giving a gift of “life safety” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
December 16, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and co-workers while making deposits in our relationships. Naturally, conversation and talking with people is a big part of this season. “Most people are very good at talking about themselves, however, the best gift this year is the gift of listening, and it doesn’t cost a dime reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”
December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--The roads are slippery from much needed rain, which means you could slide more if you brake too quickly. Over time, engine oil and other substances build up on streets, and when rainwater gets added to the mix, a very slippery combination results.
Always give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. There's also a chance that you could get water in your brakes, which will cause them to lose their stopping power. Never rush when it's raining heavily: accidents are even more likely when weather conditions are poor.
November 22, 2014 (San Diego)--People trampling over each other for cheap goods merely hours after celebrating what they are already thankful for. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when holiday gift buying begins. “Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day when many shoppers become victims of crimes and injuries says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”