The rainy season is here and the Los Angeles County Fire Department would like to urge residents who are living in areas prone to flooding, debris flows and mudslides to be prepared.
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Flowing water is considered an instant danger zone. Stay safe by following these tips:
Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water.
If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do notstep into moving water around your car.
If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help.
If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Immediately call 911 for trained emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them some type of floatation device.
Know how to shut off all utilities. Remember, water and electricity donot mix.
Obtain sandbags ahead of time! Sandbags (and instructions about how to use them) are available at most L.A. County fire stations. Call your local fire station to find out where sand and sandbags may be picked up.
The more prepared you are the better of chances for survival during a major water-related emergency. For more information on flood safety and disaster preparedness, please visit: http://fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/SafetyPreparedness.asp
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Source: Santa Clarita News