A car tore through two front gardens before slamming into a garage Thursday afternoon in east Santa Rosa.

The white sedan was heading down Calavaras Drive toward Sacramento Avenue around 2 p.m. when it veered off the street, slamming into the wall of a garage, Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Ken Sebastiani said. He said the driver and his passenger, neither who were identified, escaped injuries. The garage wasn’t so lucky.

“He (driver) took out part of the wall of the garage,” Sebastiani said, adding that the car ended up about two feet into the garage.

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As people are allowed back into their homes in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, there are several safety issues to remember.

•Do not touch debris. Ash is a hazardous waste. Other hazards could include asbestos, heavy metals, byproducts of plastic combustion and other chemicals. Do not transport ash or debris to landfills or transfer stations. To be eligible for state-funded debris cleanup by CalRecycle, residents cannot move or spread debris. Any action by residents to remove debris may force CalRecycle to declare a site ineligible for the program.

•Wear protective clothing: closed-toed shoes, long pants, eye protection, a face mask and gloves.

•Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper masks found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles like sawdust and will not protect your lungs from the smaller particles found in wildfire smoke. If you want to wear a mask, look for one with a particulate respirator, labeled NIOSH-approved, marked N95 or P100. Look for them on Amazon, Home Depot or other hardware retailers.

•Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed.

•Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution like smoking, burning candles or using fireplaces. Vacuuming stirs up particles inside your house, contributing to indoor pollution.

•Do not turn PG&E service on. Either PG&E has been there and turned the gas on or homeowners must wait for them to do so. Customers without gas service should stay as close to home as possible so service can be restored when a PG&E representative arrives. If no one is at home, the representative will leave a notice with a number that customers can call to schedule a return visit. PG&E can be reached at 800-743-5000.

•If you see downed power lines near your home, treat them as if they are “live” or energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Call 911, then notify PG&E at 800-743-5002.