Fire Prevention and all-hazards services

A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 2019.

• At least 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 12 reported for the previous year.

• About 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2020. There were about 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries in 2019.

• Of the 18 deaths, 8 of the victims (44 percent) had used alcohol or drugs prior to the incident.

• Most fireworks-related injuries (about 66 percent) occurred in the month surrounding the July 4th holiday (from June 21, 2020 to July 21, 2020). During that one-month period:

o Severe injuries related to fireworks increased in 2020. More consumers were admitted to the hospital, or were transferred to another hospital for treatment, due to severe fireworks injuries in 2020 (21 percent) versus 2019 (12 percent).

o Young adults ages 20-24 saw the biggest spike in visits to the hospital emergency room for fireworks-related injuries, compared to any age group last year, 17 injuries per 100,000 people in 2020 versus 2.8 per 100,000 people in 2019.

o Firecrackers were the biggest source of ER-treated fireworks injuries (1,600), followed by sparklers (900).

o The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers, at 30 percent. The head, face and ears were the second most injured body parts, at 22 percent. Eye injuries were third at 15 percent.

o Burns were the most common fireworks-related, emergency room-treated injury, at 44 percent.

Please contact the Fire Administration office to schedule appointments for inspections at 951-765-2450.

Please note: The City of Hemet utilizes a collaborative effort between Hemet Fire Department Prevention Staff and CSG Consultants, for fire inspections and fire plan review.

Community risk reduction

The City of Hemet Fire Department is dedicated to the prevention of fires and preparedness for emergencies through education, inspections, and emergency readiness in consideration of fire and life safety, as well as the economic impact of emergencies.

We provide numerous services to the citizens and business community of Hemet that include:

  • Fire Code Inspections
  • Construction and New Development
  • Permits
  • Public Safety Education

NOTICE: Safety Tips to Be Ready.

Cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires in the United States . Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop. If you have a cooking fire, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.  It is recommended you test your alarms at least once a month to ensure they are working properly, and replace the batteries every six months, while the detector itself should be replaced at least every ten years. If your detector is hardwired into your home’s electrical system, replace the backup battery at least every 6 months and replace the smoke detector itself at least every 10 years.