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What to do — and not do — when you get home after a wildfire

Los Angeles city firefighters try to contain a  the edge of the Creek Fire as it moves into a neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
Los Angeles city firefighters try to contain a the edge of the Creek Fire as it moves into a neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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As residents who were displaced by the Creek and Skirball fires begin returning to their homes Friday, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and Cal Fire are offering suggestions on how to protect yourself from ash and particles from the fire. 

Cal Fire suggests checking for fire on the way back to your home. Then, checking for embers or dangers from utilities outside and inside of your home. If you find fires during your checks, Cal Fire says to call 911 immediately.

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Once you're done checking for dangers to your safety, here are some examples of what to do, and what not to do as you clean up: 

Do

Don't

You can read the complete list of precautions in both English and Spanish on the Dept. of Public Health's website. Cal Fire has also aggregated some tips in a brochure.

This story has been updated.