Santa Barbara, CA – November 21, 2023

As the community of Santa Barbara County prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department extends its warmest regards to all residents. This season, while we cherish the traditions and the companionship of loved ones, it is also a time to be mindful of safety in our homes and on our roads. Thanksgiving is synonymous with hearty meals and festive cooking. However, it is vital to remember that kitchen safety is paramount during this busy period. We advise citizens to avoid leaving cooking food unattended and to be particularly cautious when using turkey fryers, which pose a significant fire risk if not used correctly. Maintaining a clean cooking area, free from flammable materials, and ensuring that smoke detectors are functional are essential steps towards a safe holiday.

The holiday season witnesses an increase in road traffic as many travel to join family and friends. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department urges drivers to exercise caution and patience while on the roads. Adhering to speed limits, avoiding distractions, and never driving under the influence are critical for ensuring the safety of all travelers. Remember, it is better to arrive late and safe than not at all.

Our firefighters, who are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our community, express their wish for a peaceful Thanksgiving. A celebration free from emergency incidents is the ideal scenario for both our department and the community we serve. We encourage everyone to take these safety precautions to heart, allowing us all to enjoy a serene and joyous holiday.


Contact Information:

Scott Safechuck

Fire Captain – Public Information Officer Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Office: 805 681-5531

Cell: 805 896-6336

[email protected]

Serving the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, and the Communities of Casmalia, Cuyama, Gaviota, Hope Ranch, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc, and Vandenberg Village