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Posted on: August 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Weed Whackers - Tips to Reduce Fire Dangers

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The City of Malibu works year-round to increase community-wide wildfire preparedness, and as we enter wildfire season, it is more important than ever to be aware of the ways that you can prevent wildfires. Landscape, gardening, construction and other work involving power tools in high fire hazard zones can cause wildfires.

The City’s Public Safety Office offers these Weed Whacker Tips to reduce fire dangers:

  • Have your weed whacker professionally checked and tuned before use, especially if it’s been in storage.
  • Make sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Take breaks so the motor does not become overheated.
  • Use plastic blades or nylon strings instead of metal blades. Sparks caused by metal blades hitting rocks can start a fire.
  • If you must use a metal blade, clear rocks before you begin cutting or avoid them as much as possible to prevent sparks.
  • Do not refuel in the brush or grass.
  • Cut in the cooler parts of the day (morning, evening, or overcast days).
  • ALWAYS have a water source or fire extinguisher close by to put out sparks and blazes immediately.

Only YOU can prevent weed whacker fires!

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For more information, contact Public Safety Specialist Sarah Kaplan at 310-456-2489 ext. 368 or email


Desbrozadora de Hierba - Consejos para reducir los peligros de incendio durante la temporada de incendios forestales en Malibu

La ciudad de Malibú trabaja durante todo el año para aumentar la preparación de los incendios forestales en la comunidad, y a medida que entramos en la temporada de incendios forestales, es más importante que nunca conocer come se puede prevenir los incendios forestales. Trabajos que involucran herramientas eléctricas en zonas de alto riesgo de incendio pueden causar incendios forestales.

La Oficina de Seguridad Pública de la Ciudad ofrece estos Consejos de Weed Whacker para reducir los peligros de incendio:

  • Haga que sus profecionales inspecionen, revisen y ajusten su desbrozadora de hierba antes de usar, especialmente si ha estado almacenado por mucho tiempo.
  • Asegúrese de que no haya fugas de gas.
  • Tome descansos para que el motor no se sobrecaliente.
  • Use cuchillas de plástico o cuerdas de nylon en lugar de cuchillas de metal. Chispas son causadas por cuchillas de metal golpeando rocas puede iniciar un incendio.
  • Si debe usar una cuchilla de metal, limpie las rocas antes de comenzar a cortar tanto como sea posible para evitar chispas.
  • No repostar en la maleza o hierba.
  • Corte en las partes más frescas del día (mañana, tarde o días nublados).
  • SIEMPRE tenga una fuente de agua o un extinguidor de incendios cerca para apagar chispas y llamas de inmediato.

¡Solo USTED puede prevenir los incendios de la maleza!

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Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Sarah Kaplan, especialista en seguridad pública, en 310-456-2489 ext. 368 o correo electrónico

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