Archive for July, 2015

New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations

Friday, July 24th, 2015
Smoke detector

New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations in CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

July 24,2015

For many homeowners, fire danger is a legitimate concern, especially with the current drought. According to California Fire News, “38 percent of deaths involving fires occurred in a dwelling without a working smoke detector.” Back in January 2014, the State Fire Marshal made new regulations regarding the requirements for all smoke alarms in California.

By July 1, 2015, all newly installed smoke alarms must:

  1. Display date on which it was manufactured
  2. Contain a place to write in the date it was installed
  3. Have a built-in hush feature
  4. Have a non-removable battery (or battery back up to wired detectors) that can power the alarm for at least 10 years

Existing installed alarms that are in working condition are NOT required to be replaced until they become defective or reach their expiration date.


San Diego’s New Water Restrictions

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

San Diego's New Water Restrictions

July 7, 2015

San Diego has been in drought over the past 10 years, but the last four years have been the worst drought in California history. New regulations have been implemented in San Diego County, which will restrict how homeowners can water lawns and landscaping, wash their cars, and run ornamental water features. According to San Diego’s new water restrictions laid out by Governor Jerry Brown, water usage must be reduced by 25% across the state of California. In most San Diego County water districts these restrictions have gone from voluntary to mandatory as of July 1, 2015. The water conservation restrictions can be confusing because they may vary slightly between the respective water districts (click here to view) but most follow or are quite similar to state restriction guidelines as follows:

  • Lawns may only be watered twice a week, between the hours of 6 pm and 10 am for a maximum of five minutes per station
  • No watering of lawns within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • No use of water to hose off driveways and walkways
  • Using only automatic shutoff nozzles for washing cars and watering plants
  • Only using decorative fountains that recirculate water
  • Immediately fixing leaks within 72 hours