FIRE PREVENTION PROGRAM
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FIRE SAFETY IN THE HOME
Protect yourself and your family with these simple fire safety tips:
Test Your Smoke Detector at least once a week. Replace old batteries with fresh, high-quality alkaline batteries to keep your smoke detector going year-long. If you don't have a smoke detector in your home, get one today! Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and family room and, most important, outside all bedrooms. Install your smoke detectors according to the manufacturer's instructions. A smoke detector may very well be the only thing that will wake you up in time to escape a fire in your home.
Make An Escape Plan Of Your Home. Draw the floor plan on a piece of paper and make sure all members of the household understand it. Indicate the exits with an arrow going out the doors and windows. Make sure you show the meeting place outside a safe distance from the home, and that everyone in your household knows to meet there if there is a fire in your home. Make sure you have two exits for each room.
Practice Your Escape Plan. Sit down with other members of your household and study the escape plan. After everyone is familiar with the plan, hold a fire drill. Have everyone lay down on their beds and push the test button of the smoke detector. Remember to feel the door for heat before opening. Everyone crawl low and exit the home and meet at the meeting place outside. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared or confused during fires. Make sure children understand that a smoke detector signals fire and that they should recognize its alarm. While this exercise may seem silly to older persons, children love it and actual practice will pay off if you ever have an emergency. E.D.I.T.H. Exit Drills In The Home
Bars On Bedroom Windows Must Open From The Inside of the room. If yours do not, then have them retrofitted as soon as possible with a proper latching device. Grates covering exterior doors must also open easily. Do not use "double-keyed cylinder dead bolts" for any residential doors. These type of locks need a key on the inside to open when locked. If you misplace the key, you won't be able to get out quickly enough.
Matches And Lighters Are Not Toys for children. Keep these items out of children's reach.
Be Careful Around Electricity. Never stand in water or damp surfaces while operating an electrical appliance. Don't use appliances or extension cords that are damaged, have them repaired or throw them away. If you suspect that your electrical system in your home is defective, you should seek professional help with the system. Electrical problems are not a do-it-yourself project.
Install A Fire Extinguisher on the wall in plain view in an exit way or next to an exit (near the kitchen is recommended). The recommended size is a 2-A:10-B.C. rated extinguisher. Secondly, know how to use it.
Never Leave Cooking Unattended. Monitor hot oil carefully and heat slowly. If you must leave the cooking area, turn off the heat. If you have a grease fire on top of the stove, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames. You may also use a fire extinguisher or sprinkle baking soda in the pan. Never use water, flour, or salt to extinguish a grease fire.
Store Gasoline In Approved Containers, and don't keep more than 2 gallons on hand at any time. Containers must be vapor tight and stored in a cabinet in the garage or outside of the home well away from any source of ignition. Never keep gasoline inside of your home. Also, keep gasoline out of the reach of children.
Heating Equipment Is The Number One Cause Of Home Fires in America. Make sure combustible material is at least 3 feet away from space heaters, fire places, wood burning stoves and furnaces. Inspect and clean your wood stove or chimney annually. When you leave the room, turn off space heaters, don't leave them unattended.
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The Atascadero City Fire Department offers free smoke detectors to members of the public who cannot afford a smoke detector or will replace existing smoke detectors that are no longer functioning. The program started in 2007, when fire personnel were responding to various emergencies and finding residences without the life saving devices or smoke detectors that were not working. The smoke detectors are carried on the Fire Department’s first out fire engines and can be installed after the emergency is mitigated or by filling out the Smoke Alarm Distribution Form and returning it to Fire Station One at 6005 Lewis Ave. You must qualify to receive this program. In order to qualify for this program you must be an Atascadero resident and one of the following;
The Fire Department recommends having smoke detectors installed on each level of the structure, such as the basement, first floor, etc. In addition, place at least one smoke detector in each sleeping area. Always remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year or when you change your clocks.
The fire department also encourages residents to have at least one carbon monoxide detector in their home as well. As of July 2011, California landlords and homeowners, including sellers of residential property, must comply with the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010. This law addresses the problem of carbon monoxide poisoning which is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas produced whenever any fuel is burned. It can enter the home from sources as seemingly innocent as a gas stove, furnace, or woodstove, usually due to leakage, back-drafting, or poor venting.
The smoke detector program is most recently sponsored by Miner’s Ace Hardware. In January 2013, Miner’s donated several cases of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Atascadero Firefighters will continue to promote the smoke detector program and fire safety throughout our community.
For more information please contact Firefighter Jackson at 805 470 3338.
DISPLAYING YOUR ADDRESS
Emergency responders in Atascadero, including fire, police, and ambulance personnel, lose valuable seconds, sometimes minutes, searching for houses, apartments, and other buildings that do not have address numbers prominently displayed. To mitigate this problem and to allow emergency personnel to provide the best possible service to its citizens, the Atascadero City Council has passed an ordinance requiring the display of street address numbers. For your convenience, we have outlined below the requirements contained in the ordinance. We ask that you read these requirements and direct any questions to the City of Atascadero Fire Department or Code Compliance Official, then take the necessary steps to display your address in compliance with the ordinance. Thank you for your cooperation.
4-5.101 Display Requirement (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
All structures that have a separate address must display their address number. If the location of the number or entrance could cause confusion about which street is involved, the street name must be displayed with the number.
4-5.102 New Structures (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
The owner and builder of a new structure must display the assigned address number before the start of flammable construction.
4-5.103 Change of Address (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
Within thirty (30) days after receiving written notification of an address change, the owner of an existing structure must display the new number and remove all obsolete numbers.
4-5.104 Type, Color, Size of Numbers (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
Address numbers must be displayed as Arabic numerals and must be a color that contrasts with the background color which can be read easily from the street. All numbers and street names must conform to the City's sign regulations. Minimum number size shall be five (5) inches in height.
4-5.105 Number Location (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
Address numbers must be displayed on the building near the entrance. Numbers must be easily seen from the street. If the location of a building's or unit's main entrance might not be clear, address numbers must be displayed where they clearly indicate the entrance's location (s). Numbers painted on the curb, while a desirable feature, do not satisfy this requirement.
4-5.106 Directories (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
When irregular layout of a multiple-address development might cause confusion about the location of an address within the project, a directory board with a map must be posted at every driveway entrance and main entrance walkway reached via that walk or driveway. Directories must clearly show the location of all addresses that can be reached via that walk or driveway. A drawing of the directory, fully dimensioned and showing the type and size of letters and numerals must be submitted to the Community Development Department for approval. A building permit may also be necessary depending upon size, type of construction, lights, etc. Directories must be easily seen from the street or sidewalk, as appropriate. Driveway directories must be placed so that the car of someone pausing to read them can be out of the street and not block the sidewalk or driveway. Additional interior directories may be required where necessary to locate an address.
4-5.107 Non-compliance (Ord. 233 §1 (part), 1991)
We would like to point out that noncompliance with the provisions of the ordinance can lead to legal remedies initiated by the City.
Please call the Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services at 461-5070 with any questions.
Address Requirement Information Form
You may also view Atascadero City Municipal Codes by clicking here.
Fire Prevention Week occurs on the Sunday through Saturday which October the 9th falls. Fire Prevention Week commemorates the great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 persons, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings. This week serves as the motivating force to bring the citizens of Atascadero together to build a safer community. The City of Atascadero is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our city.
Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire. The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has documented through its research that home fires killed 2,380 people in the U.S. in 2012. Atascadero’s firefighters are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education.
Atascadero’s residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, such as installing smoke detectors and participating in E.D.I.T.H.. Residents who have a working Smoke Detector in their homes and regularly test it will therefore be more likely to survive a fire. The 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires” effectively serves to remind us all that cooking is the number one cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fires deaths.
Attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention; however we should practice fire safety all year long. Kitchen fires are one of the most common and difficult type of fires to suppress because people tend to panic. The Atascadero City Fire Department recommends that all citizens educate themselves on the suppression of kitchen fires.
To read more about Fire Prevention Week please click here.
FIRE SAFE LANDSCAPE
Each year, hundreds of homes are lost to wildland fires in California. Unfortunately, many of these homes may have been saved if the homeowners would have prepared prior to a fire coming through. One of the biggest reasons for the loss of homes due to wildland fires is the lack of fire safe landscaping. Fire safe landscaping involves replacing fire prone plants with properly spaced fire resistant species to slow, or even prevent fire spread towards a residence.
These plant species are generally drought tolerant, less susceptible to fire spread by embers, and have high moisture retention. The fire department has put together a list of both fire resistant and fire prone species that can be used in Atascadero. Plant species are not the only aspect of landscaping to keep in mind when planning for wildland fire, the spacing of these plants near a home is also very important. Ensuring proper horizontal and vertical spacing is critical to preventing a fire from impacting your home. Help us protect your home by landscaping your residence with wildland fire in mind.
For questions or more information, contact Firefighter Roberts
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Address: 9315 Pismo AvePhone: (805) 461-5005Fax: (805) 461-5026Website: www.paviliononthelake.com
Address: 9305 Pismo AvePhone: (805) 461-5080Fax: (805) 461-7625Website: www.charlespaddockzoo.org
Address: 8005 Gabarda RdPhone: (805) 461-5000Fax: (805) 461-5022Website: www.atascadero.org/wwtp
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