As of July 1, 2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill – SB 183) will require all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms within the home by July 1, 2011. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law. Click here for FAQs on Carbon Monoxide.
Hold the button in to test the batteries. If it “beeps”, it’s working.
If the detector is “chirping” this means the batterias are low and need to be replaced.
When in doubt, replace the batteries. Replace your batteries every six months. A good reminder is to change your batteries when you change your clocks at Daylight Savings Time.
If the alarm is hard-wired (tied into your electrical system), call your electrician for service.
Place detectors on each level of your home and especially on the hallway ceiling near the air vents. If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, it’s a good idea to place a detector in your bedroom.
Unfortunately, the Oceanside Fire Department does not have resources available to assist with replacing batteries or mounting smoke detectors. Contact a neighbor, friend, relative, or handyman for assistance.
The City of Oceanside contracts with a company called Fire Prevention Services, Inc. (FPSI). Contact them at 1-866-779-3774, ext. 309 to report your concerns. Or visit their web site at www.fpsi.net.
For more information on fire hazard/wildfire prevention, visit www.sdcounty.ca.gov.
Free sandbags: City Operations Center at 4927 Oceanside Blvd., 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday. There are bags and sand. Please bring a shovel to fill your bags and help to load them into your vehicle if needed. Self-serve only. Limit 10 bags per resident.
Sandbag vendors: Moody's Recycling at El Corazon has sandbags for Oceanside residents; you fill. Moody's is located at 3210 Oceanside Blvd. They can be reached at (760) 433-3316; call ahead for hours.
Lowe's and Home Depot also sell sandbags at their locations. Call first to make sure they have some in stock.
Look in the Yellow Pages under “Fire Extinguishers” to locate a company that can service/replace your unit. A 2A 10BC type fire extinguisher can usually satisfy the requirements for a light hazard occupancy or household.
Class A: ordinary combustible materials such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber and many plastics
Class B: flammable liquids, oils, greases, tars, oil based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, and flammable gases
Class C: energized electrical equipment (when equipment is de-energized the fire becomes Class A or B)
Class D: combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, potassium and lithium.