LAKE ARROWHEAD 4th of JULY SUMMER CONCERT WEEKEND ~ JULY 3-6, 2014

This weekend playing on the Center Stage in the Lake Arrowhead Village is:

Thursday 7/3: WANTED; Bon Jovi Tribute

Friday 7/4: BELLADONNA; Stevie Nicks Tribute

Saturday 7/5: DEAD MAN’S PARTY

Sunday 7/6: PLAYBACK (60’s, 70’s, 80’s) (1-3 pm)

 

ALL CONCERTS START AT 6:30 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:  BEER GARDEN OPENS 30 MINUTES PRIOR.

Be safe and have fun!

For more info, visit:  http://www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com/#!events/c1df4

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Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms in CALIFORNIA… What, Where and When?

The last few days this topic keeps coming up and there are so many questions about the “smoke detector/Co” law and I was in need of the answer my self.  I can’t figure out why but California, that I love so much, keeps changing the law on Smoke Detectors and Carbon-monoxide Alarms.  IT’S SO ANNOYING and not to mention hard to keep up with.  Here is what I found:

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SMOKE ALARMS

I found this: Clearing up smoke alarm laws for residential propertieson this: http://journal.firsttuesday.us/clearing-up-smoke-alarm-laws-for-residential-properties/

Updated 6/25/14

A part of all residential properties

Smoke alarms approved by the State Fire Marshal are required to be placed in all residential properties in California. The State Fire Marshal lists all approved smoke alarms. [Calif. Health & Safety Code §13113.7]

Beginning July 1, 2014, the State Fire Marshal will require all battery-operated smoke alarms to contain a non-replaceable battery that lasts at least ten years. [Health & S C §13114(b)]

Beginning January 1, 2015, the State Fire Marshal will require all smoke alarms(battery-powered, or powered by electricity) to:

  • display the date of manufacture;
  • provide a place where the date of installation can be written; and
  • incorporate a hush feature.

Does this mean all the existing smoke alarms need to be replaced to meet these new alarm requirements? No. Operable hardwired and battery-operated smoke alarms which were approved and listed when they were installed don’t need to be replaced immediately. [Health & S C §§13113.7(a)(4); 13113.7(d)(3)]

Editor’s note — Local ordinance may require replacement sooner. [Health & S C §13113.7(a)(4)]

When an existing smoke alarm no longer works, the replacement smoke alarm is to meet all new requirements. For example, a battery-powered smoke alarm installed on July 2, 2014 is required to have the non-replaceable ten-year battery, but is not required to display the date of manufacture.

Editor’s note — Battery-powered smoke alarms do not need to adhere to new battery requirements if they are ordered or inventoried on or before July 1, 2014. However, this exception only applies until July 1, 2015. [Health & S C §13114(b)(2(B)]

Smoke alarms are not required if a State Fire Marshal-approved fire alarm system with smoke detectors is installed on the property. An existing fire sprinkler system no longer exempts a residential property owner from smoke alarm installation requirements. [Health & S C §13113.7(a)(5)]

Violations of smoke alarm rules incur a maximum fine of $200 for each offense. [Health & S C §13113.7(e)]

Smoke alarm rules for rentals

If your client owns a multi-unit residential property or a single family residence (SFR) rental property, they are required to install, maintain and test smoke alarms on their property. [Health & S C §13113.7(d)(2)]

Owners (or property managers, as owners’ agents) are required to ensure smoke alarms are operable when a new tenancy is created. [Health & S C §13113.7(d)(2)(B)]

To ensure safe conditions, residential rental and lease agreement forms include a provision requiring the landlord to comply with all safety ordinance and regulations, including smoke alarm law. [See first tuesday Forms 550 §7.3 and551 §7.2]

However, tenants are responsible for notifying the owner or property manager if the smoke alarm becomes inoperable. The owner is not in violation of smoke alarm requirements if they are unaware of a malfunction in the smoke alarm after the tenant is given possession. [Health & S C §13113.7(d)(2)(B)]

An owner responds to a tenant’s notification of an inoperable smoke alarm in their unit by correcting the defect. 24-hour written notice is given to the tenant before the owner or their agent enters and performs the repairs. Repairs are performed only during business hours. [Health & S C §13113.7(d)(2); see first tuesday Form 567]

Additionally, beginning January 1, 2016 owners of any residential rental property are to install additional smoke alarms to ensure devices are located in accordance with current local building standards. [Health & S C §13113.7(d)(3)]

In California, smoke alarms are to be installed on each floor and in each sleeping room. Proper smoke alarm placement also depends on local ordinance. [Calif. Building Code §310.9]

The recent law changes do not mandate the frequency of owner inspections. However, landlords have a duty to inspect the premises upon entry for any purpose. Inspections need not be thorough, but landlords are liable for any dangerous condition that is observable by a reasonable person. [Mora v. Baker Commodities, Inc. (1989) 210 CA3d 771]

Thus, if a smoke alarm defect can be reasonably ascertained visually during a landlord’s visit to the unit, the landlord needs to repair or replace the device.

Enforcement on a building permit

Additionally, smoke alarm enforcement is triggered when a residential property owner seeks a building permit for alterations, repairs or additions costing more than $1,000. Building permits will not be issued until the owner has provided proof that State Fire Marshal-approved smoke alarms are in place and operable. [Health & S C §13113.7(a)(2)]

This does not require the owner to replace any older, operating smoke alarms, but older smoke alarms are required to have been approved by the State Fire Marshal at the time of installation. [Health & S C §13113.7(a)(4)]

WHERE DO MY SMOKE ALARMS NEED TO BE PLACED?

Here is the regulation from the Cal Fire Website: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_smokealarms.php

Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home has working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.

Placement
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to the bedrooms, and on each level of your home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4” from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12” from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents.). Call your local fire department if you are unsure about placement.

A drawing of an approved home evacuation plan Battery Replacement
Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Test your smoke alarm. A suggested frequency is every month by simply holding down the test button. Vacuum your alarm at least once a year. Dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity. Never paint over a smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

CARBON-MONOXIDE ALARMS

I found this: CARBON-MONOXIDE DETECTORS on this: http://www.car.org/legal/disclosure-folder/carbon-monoxide-detectors/?view=Print&url=h

Q 1.  What is carbon monoxide?

A  Carbon monoxide is a gas produced whenever any fuel, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal, is burned.  A person cannot see or smell carbon monoxide.  However, at high levels carbon monoxide can kill a person in minutes.

In addition, there are well-documented chronic health effects of acute carbon monoxide poisoning from exposure to carbon monoxide, such as lethargy, headaches, concentration problems, amnesia, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease, memory impairment, and personality alterations.

(Cal. Health & Safety Code § 13261.)

Q 2.  Is there a new California law dealing with the issue of carbon monoxide poisoning?

A  Yes.  The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 13260 et seq.) was signed into law this year.  It requires carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in every “dwelling unit intended for human occupancy.”   The California legislature also modified both the TDS (for residential one-to-four unit real property) and MHTDS (for manufactured homes and mobilehomes) to include a reference to carbon monoxide detector devices.  See below for more details.

Q 3.  What is a carbon monoxide detector?

A  It is a relatively inexpensive device similar to a smoke detector that signals detection of carbon monoxide in the air.  Under the law, a carbon monoxide device is “designed to detect carbon monoxide and produce a distinct audible alarm.”  It can be battery powered, a plug-in device with battery backup, or a device installed as recommended by Standard 720 of the National Fire Protection Association that is either wired into the alternating current power line of the dwelling unit with a secondary battery backup or connected to a system via a panel.

If the carbon monoxide device is combined with a smoke detector, it must emit an alarm or voice warning in a manner that clearly differentiates between a carbon monoxide alarm warning and a smoke detector warning.
The carbon monoxide device must have been tested and certified pursuant to the requirements of the American National standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as set forth in either ANSI/UL 2034 or ANSI/UL 2075, or successor standards, by a nationally recognized testing laboratory listed in the directory of approved testing laboratories established by the Building Materials Listing Program of the Fire Engineering Division of the Office of the State Fire Marshal of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

(Cal. Health & Safety Code § 13262.)

Q 4.  How does a homeowner comply with this law?

A  Every owner of a “dwelling unit intended for human occupancy” must install an approved carbon monoxide device in each existing dwelling unit having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage.

The applicable time periods are as follows:

(1) For all existing single-family dwelling units on or before July 1, 2011.

(2) For all other existing dwelling units on or before Jan. 1, 2013.

(Cal. Health & Safety Code § 17926(a).)

Q 5.  How many devices and where do I place them in the home?

A  This new law requires the owner “to install the devices in a manner consistent with building standards applicable to new construction for the relevant type of occupancy or with the manufacturer’s instructions, if it is technically feasible to do so” (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 17926(b)).

The following language comes packaged with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors:

For minimum security, a CO Alarm should be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.  The Alarm should be located at least 6 inches (152mm) from all exterior walls and at least 3 feet (0.9 meters) from supply or return vents.

Building standards applicable to new construction are as follows (overview summary only):

• Section R315 et seq. of the 2010 edition California Residential Code (CRC) [effective Jan. 1, 2011] (applicable to new one-to-two family dwellings and townhouses not more than 3 stories and also where work requiring a permit for alterations, repairs or additions exceeding one thousand dollars in existing dwellings units):

Installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom(s) in dwelling units and on every level including basements within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in dwelling units that have attached garages.

• Section 420 et seq of the 2010 edition California Building Code (CBC) [effective Jan. 1, 2011] (applicable to other new dwelling units and also where a permit is required for alterations, repairs or additions exceeding $1,000 in existing dwelling units):

Installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom(s) in dwelling units and on every level including basements within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in dwelling units that have attached garages.

 

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47th ANNUAL FIREFIGHTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST ~ Lake Arrowhead ~ July 6th

Image47th annual Firefighters Pancake Breakfast in Lake Arrowhead, California!

Sunday, July 06, 2014 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join local firefighters for a pancake breakfast in the parking lot of Bank of America at the Lake Arrowhead Village.

There will be a fire-safety training house and fire safety information. Fire personnel will also be available to chat and answer questions about the services they provide.

Fire engines, ambulances and other fire equipment will be on display. Kids of all ages will be invited to take their turn spraying water from a fire hose.

The pancake breakfast is $7 per person, with children six and under being free.

Proceeds from the event are utilized by the San Bernardino County Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 935, to sponsor a free bonfire and hot dog roast with Santa Claus on December 1 in Lake Arrowhead Village.

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 This event is a great way to end the Holiday weekend, come support your local Firefighters and community!  See you all there!

Heaps Peak Arboretum ~ Celebrates 30 years, OPEN HOUSE June 28/29, 2014

Do you like to visit National Trails?  Did you know that we have lots to see up here in the San Bernardino National forest?!  Here is one that you should check out… Heaps Peak!

Here is some info from their website:

Come and escape the city and visit our unique mountain oasis of natural beauty! Experience the Heaps Peak Arboretum’s gardens, “animal tracks trail,” mini-gift booth, and inquire about educational programs. Heaps Peak Arboretum, located at 6,000′, is open 365 days a year. Free to the public, although the Forest Service requires a daily $5.00 Adventure Pass. The Forest Service requires that you display an Adventure Pass on your vehicle.  There are numerous vendors that sell it in the mountains for $5 per day. Our Forest Information Booth is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Here is a flyer that I just received… If you are free this Saturday June 28, take the kids, go for a hike and enjoy a little slice of nature!

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Visit their website for more info: http://www.heapspeakarboretum.com/

JAMBOREE DAYS IN CRESTLINE ~ July 5th and 6th ~ Parade, Wine and Fireworks!

Did you know that you can get 2 days of Fireworks here in the So-Cal Mountains?! Lake Arrowhead and Crestline!

Saturday July 5th Crestline has so much going on.  First at 10am the Jamboree Parade, which I will be in.  Yes that’s right I will be walking the Crestline Parade with my fellow Search and Rescue team!  You can spot me out in my bright orange shirt, I will be the one waving! 😉  Then at  4pm is the Wine and Stein in the Pines, followed by the Fireworks show at 9pm.

Here is the schedule that I grabbed from the Crestline Chamber website for July 5th-6th’s events…  For more info, visit: http://crestlinechamber.net/

July 5th & 6th –  Crestline Old Fashioned Fun Days,  Family fun games through the businesses in town. Prizes and vendors. For more info call 909-338-2706

 July 5th –  Lake Gregory Parade, Fireworks and Wine and Stein Walk through the Pines, Jamboree Parade – 10 am – noon Wine and Stein in the Pines  4:00pm – 8:00pm. Old fashioned games, fun, food Fireworks show starts 9pm.For more info call 909-338-2706.

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I hope to see you at the Parade, give a shout out when you see me!  Be safe this Independence weekend and most of all have fun with friends and family!

4th OF JULY in LAKE ARROWHEAD ~ How we do it on the Lake!

America! Land of Free and Home of the Brave! Also home to one heck of a party in Lake Arrowhead California in celebration of Independence Day!!  This year the 4th falls on Friday! Which means for most American’s there is a 3 day weekend.  This blog is to inform you that the firework show will be on Friday after dark (around 9 ish) and there are 4 days of summer concerts (stay tuned for my concert blog on who is playing)! The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the water in front of the village area.  The fireworks can be seen from all around the lake, but seeing them from a boat is one of the best ways!

Here are some pictures from my last years 4th of July festivities!  I feel the need to wear everything red, white and blue along with anything resembling America!

Remember to be safe, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE and most of all enjoy the day with friends and family!

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Above is me and my handsome hubby… Don’t mind my squinty, no make up face!

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Above is my Brother (who came to visit from Oregon) and the fly over airplanes!

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This is my best friend Kristil, she got us these obnoxiously amazing hats and we wore them proudly!

See you all on the lake or around the village!  Happy 4th!