The safety of a community is a key component of its quality of life. Protection of its citizens, visitors, structures, infrastructure, and public facilities from natural and human-made hazards is an important function of local government. The purpose of the Safety Element of the General Plan is to identify natural and human-made hazards in or near the City that pose potential danger to the safety and welfare of the community, and to establish goals, objectives, and policies to reduce risk to life and property from these hazards.

The Safety Element addresses seismic and other geologic hazards, flooding and other hydrologic hazards, fires and fire-related hazards, hazardous material and sites, crime, emergency preparedness and climate change. Hazardous incidents most likely to occur in La Cañada Flintridge include earthquakes, landslides, wildfire, hazardous material spills on the Interstate (I) 210 Freeway, and storm-related incidents such as debris and mud flows. Summaries of pertinent technical information regarding each of these topics are provided in the Safety Element for general information and to provide a context for the goals, objectives, and policies.