Don’t Let Fire Season Threaten Your Cannabis Business

In Southern California, wildfire season peaks in October and can last through December in years with low rainfall. This poses a severe threat to legal cannabis growing operations. But if you’re a cannabis retailer in a business district, your business is not immune to the risk of fire either.

Just last week, a cannabis retailer in Canoga Park caught fire and burned to the point that the building buckled, two people died and two others were hospitalized. The blaze happened during the day while employees and customers were on site, and the flames also threatened the adjoining businesses. This tragic incident is a textbook example of the inherent risks of fire at a cannabis business.

Los Angeles Fire Department Cannabis Unit

To mitigate the fire risks unique to the cannabis industry, the Los Angeles Fire Department operates its own Cannabis Unit under the Fire Prevention and Public Safety Bureau. In Los Angeles, this is the unit that enforces fire code ordinances as a pre-licensing condition for cannabis business license applicants, whether the license is to conduct retail sales, cultivation, processing or laboratory testing of cannabis. To assist with pre-licensure inspections and other application forms, visit the LAFD Cannabis Unit page. The unit can also be contacted by email at

Protect Your Cannabis Business From Fire

At Valley Alarm, we have an entire team of consultants, project managers and installation technicians who engineer and install fire alarm systems for the cannabis industry in Southern California. Our extensive knowledge of state and local fire codes takes the work of fire code compliance research off your plate. We also make it our job to know the security regulations of the cannabis industry per Title 16 Division 42, including fire protection systems. By alerting the monitoring center to the presence of fire and sending the fire department immediately, our fire alarm monitoring services can protect your cannabis business from the devastation of fire damage.

Fire season is happening now, but the risks of fire to cannabis businesses exist year-round.

Valley Alarm is ready to help you protect your cannabis business from fire any time of year. For questions on fire alarm systems for the cannabis industry, contact us today.

About Valley Alarm

Valley Alarm is a fully licensed, experienced security company in business since 1981. We provide design, consultation, installation, maintenance, and central station services for commercial, residential, and government clients of all types throughout Southern California. For us, nothing is more important than the security of your family or business.

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