The Bakersfield Jam is proud to team up with the Kern County Firefighters to bring you the following Public Safety Messages.

JANUARY
Parents, make sure you have an escape plan for your home in case of a fire or disaster. Be sure to include a meeting place and run through a drill with your kids.

FEBRUARY
Make sure you and your family are prepared for a major disaster by having enough food, water, and medications for seven days.

MARCH
Please remember, no texting while driving, and only use your cell phone with a hands free device.

APRIL
Smoking is one of the leading causes of fire deaths in the United States. If you must smoke, never smoke indoors and always make sure your cigarette is put out when you’re finished.

MAY
Please, Don't Drink and Drive.

JUNE
Never leave children unattended while swimming.

JULY
Fireworks safety:
* Use only state approved "Safe and Sane" fireworks.
* Don't modify or throw fireworks.
* Never leave children unattended while using fireworks.
* Always have an extinguisher or water hose on hand.
* Make sure all fireworks are fully extinguished before throwing away.

AUGUST
If you live in a rural area help the Kern County Firefighters protect your home from wild fires. Clear all dead vegetation with in a hundred feet of your home or out buildings.

SEPTEMBER
September is National Preparedness Month. Kern County Firefighters would like you to take some time to make sure that you and your family are prepared for a disaster. Make sure that you have enough food, water, and medications for seven days. Also have a plan for your family.

This year Kern County Firefighters Local 1301 teamed up with other organizations to help educate and prepare the citizens of Kern County in the event that a major disaster happened. The end product was KC Prepared. After months of gathering information the group was able to compile a 24 page information packet and distribute it throughout the County by various means. Also www.kcprepared.com was established and would provide a web link of the same material that was distributed. Local 1301 is a proud partner and encougares you to educate yourself on the different local resources in the area and how to keep you and your family safe at all times.

OCTOBER
With Halloween just around the corner please make sure trick or treaters carry a flashlight and wear bright costumes. Parents make sure and check your children's candy before they eat it. Have a fun and safe Halloween.

Kern County Fire Department is a proud supporter of "Safe Halloween" at the Kern County Museum. For more information visit The Safe Halloween website.

NOVEMBER
Safely deep fry your turkey...
1. Fryers can tip over easily. Make sure they are on even ground and that children and animals are not around to knock them over.
2. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in oil.
3. Do not over fill the fryer with oil.
4. Always monitor the oil temperature. Some fryers don't come with thermostats. Use a cooking thermometer.

DECEMBER
When purchasing a live Christmas Tree make sure it is fresh and not dried out. Keep the tree away from fireplaces, heaters, and always make sure they are watered.