During large emergencies our Joint Information Center will be activated, citizens with questions or concerns may call 619-590-3160.
San Diego County residents interested in an educational presentation to your community group, please email Michael.Mohler@fire.ca.gov
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
A large upper level trough of low pressure approaching from the northwest will move over southwest California and a couple of impulses will move through this weekend. The first impulse rotating around the main trough will move through on Saturday. This will likely bring precipitation... possibly heavy at times. Showers will taper off late Saturday. A second upper level disturbance could enhance precipitation again Sunday with showers lingering into Monday. This storm system will bring much colder weather with local strong gusty westerly winds. The strongest winds will be in the mountains and deserts... but there will also be gusty winds in the coastal areas and inland valleys Saturday. Local windy conditions will continue in the mountains and deserts through Sunday. Preliminary rainfall estimates through Monday range from about an inch west of the mountains... with one to three inches on the coastal mountain slopes. There could be about a third to two thirds of an inch of rain in the high deserts and near a quarter inch in the lower deserts.
Posted by CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO PIO at 11:36 AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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SEVEN STEPS TO EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
"We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."
Turkey fryer hazards
• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.
• If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.
• With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
• The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
Important safety information
• If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips.
• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
• Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
• Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
• Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
• Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
• To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
• Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
• Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
• The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday
Friday, November 12, 2010
Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.
When considering where to place a carbon monoxide detector, keep in mind that although carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air (carbon monoxide's specific gravity is 0.9657, as stated by the EPA; the National Resource Council lists the specific gravity of air as one), it may be contained in warm air coming from combustion appliances such as home heating equipment. If this is the case, carbon monoxide will rise with the warmer air.
Installation locations vary by manufacturer. Manufacturers' recommendations differ to a certain degree based on research conducted with each one's specific detector. Therefore, make sure to read the provided installation manual for each detector before installing.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommend a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A detector should be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door and there should be one near or over any attached garage. Each detector should be replaced every five to six years.CO detectors do not serve as smoke detectors and vice versa. However, dual smoke/CO detectors are also sold. Smoke detectors detect the smoke generated by flaming or smoldering fires, whereas CO detectors can alarm people about faulty fuel burning devices to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is produced from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In the home CO can be formed, for example, by open flames, space heaters, water heaters, blocked chimneys or running a car inside a garage.
Since CO is colorless, tasteless and odorless (unlike smoke from a fire), detection and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home environment is impossible without such a warning device. In North America, some state, provincial and municipal governments require installation of CO detectors in new units - among them, the U.S. states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont, the Canadian province of Ontario, and New York City.
According to the 2005 edition of the carbon monoxide guidelines, NFPA 720, published by the National Fire Protection Association, sections 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199, all CO detectors 'shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,' and each detector 'shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.'
When carbon monoxide detectors were introduced into the market, they had a limited lifespan of 2 years. However technology developments have increased this and many now advertise 5 or even 6 years. Newer models are designed to signal a need to be replaced after that timespan although there are many instances of detectors operating far beyond this point.
Although all home detectors use an audible alarm signal as the primary indicator, some versions also offer a digital readout of the CO concentration [see side-bar], in parts per million. Typically, they can display both the current reading and a peak reading from memory of the highest level measured over a period of time.
The digital models offer the advantage of being able to observe levels that are below the alarm threshold, learn about levels that may have occurred during an absence, and assess the degree of hazard if the alarm sounds. They may also aid emergency responders in evaluating the level of past or ongoing exposure or danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Battery-only carbon monoxide detectors tend to go thru batteries more frequently than expected. Plug-in detectors with a battery backup (for use if the power is interrupted) provide less battery-changing maintenance.
Some CO detectors are available as system-connected, monitored devices. System-connected detectors, which can be wired to either a security or fire panel, are monitored by a central station. In case the residence is empty, the residents are sleeping or occupants are already suffering from the effects of CO, the central station can be alerted to the high concentrations of CO gas and can send the proper authorities to investigate possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
Posted by CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO PIO at 7:05 AM
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
CAL FIRE Firefighters will be conducting a controlled burn today and tomorrow November 9th and 10th 2010 South of the community of Pine Valley. The Corte Madera Ranch has been the site for several previous burns and part of on ongoing Vegetation Management Plan (VMP). Smoke will be visible from throughout the Eastern portion of San Diego County.
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Monday, November 8, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Residents who receive calls from a person requesting monetary donations for training California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters should keep their wallets closed, according to fire officials.
This week a resident of Santa Clara County received a call from a person requesting a monetary donation to pay for the training of CAL FIRE firefighters. CAL FIRE does not solicit donations and that the training of CAL FIRE's firefighters is funded through the department's budget.
Residents need to know that CAL FIRE never solicits funds in order to provide services to community.
We hope that by getting the word out early no one will give their money to these criminals and that if residents do get a call from a scammer, they will be prepared to gather pertinent information so we can put a stop to this.
If you receive a phone call soliciting funds for CAL FIRE, please call 408-778-0930.
Posted by CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO PIO at 9:23 AM