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CONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE 
EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES

Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention

2820 M Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
www.kerncountyfire.org
Telephone 661-391-3462 FAX 661-636-0466/67 
TTY Relay 800-735-2929

This bulletin is to alert business owners there are impersonators utilizing the name ALIK FIRE CONTROL and they are coming to businesses to service fire extinguishers.  These imposters have been using high-pressure sales tactics or deceptive methods to convince businesses to purchase their services.  Watch out for individuals with the following suspicious characteristics:

  • Wear uniforms with patches similar to those worn by Fire Department staff and give the impression that they are from the Fire Department
  • Claim that they are Fire Marshals and are authorized to close the business if not allowed to do an inspection of their fire protection systems and make subsequent repairs.
  • Claim they are there to provide service on extinguishers or hood duct systems that have previously been serviced by another company.

 

The Kern County Fire Department does not endorse, recommend, or send any fire protection service companies to a local business.  It is up to the business owner to seek those services when needed.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a fire protection service company:

  • Be sure that the service technician has proper identification and that he or she is from the company that you selected.
  • Ask the company to verify they have a certificate of Registration and or C-16 License which is valid and current through the California State Fire Marshal's Office and Contractors State License Board.
  • Do not permit a service company to provide service that you did not request or that is not required.
  • Do not pay by cash

 

We want your business, your employees, and your clients safely protected from fire.  Fire protection systems and fire extinguishers, that are properly installed and serviced, will save lives and protect property.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you require assistance checking the status of a fire protection company, please call the Kern County Fire Department Fire Prevention Unit at (661) 391-3310.

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Lookup

Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

Click Here to Access the Cal Fire SRA Viewer.

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If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

Tree Mortality

Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed.   Click here for information.

Isabella Dam Update

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Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan

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Past Incident Info

  Incident Name: Adams Incident Incident Time: 7:10:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-16-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
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  Incident Name: Comanche Incident Incident Time: 3:55:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Inyo Incident Incident Time: 4:38:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Interstate 5 Incident Incident Time: 2:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Lebec Road Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-8-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Boat Launch Incident Incident Time: 8:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-3-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Ridgecrest Incident Incident Time: 7:38:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-1-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 10:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 2nd Street Incident Incident Time: 8:52:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highway 99 and 166 Incident Incident Time: 8:05:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
  Incident Name: Santa Rosa Incident Incident Time: 12:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
        Incident Name: General Beale Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-15-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
      Incident Name: Herring Incident Incident Time: 6:50:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-14-2018 Incident Type: Grass...
  Incident Name: Mesa Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-07-2018 Incident Type: Grass Fire Equipment...
  Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 12:39:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Aleutian Incident Incident Time: 05:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-27-2018 Incident Type: Hoist...
  Incident Name: Pellisier Incident Incident Time: 12:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-24-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Gregory Incident Incident Time: 12:34:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Stradler Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Dennis McCarthy Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-16-2018 Incident Type: Natural Gas...
  Incident Name: Fairfax Incident Incident Time: 9:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-13-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Mil Potrero Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Wasco Avenue Incident Incident Time: 9:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Tejon Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-08-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highland Hills Incident Incident Time: 7:53:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Polk Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-26-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Sierra Vista Incident Incident Time: 5:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Jackson Incident Incident Time: 8:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-19-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
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Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.

 


Understanding the Risk

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
CO gas can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces and motor vehicles.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.

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What you need to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off?

If no one is feeling ill:
  1. Silence the alarm.
  2. Turn off all appliances and sources of combustion (i.e. furnace and fireplace).
  3. Ventilate the house with fresh air by opening doors and windows.
  4. Call a qualified professional to investigate the source of the possible CO buildup.
If illness is a factor:
  1. Evacuate all occupants immediately.
  2. Determine how many occupants are ill and determine their symptoms.
  3. Call your local emergency number and when relaying information to the dispatcher, include the number of people feeling ill.
  4. Do not re-enter the home without the approval of a fire department representative.
  5. Call a qualified professional to repair the source of the CO.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from CO Poisoning

  • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Make sure the alarm has been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Carbon monoxide alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present.
  • Have a qualified professional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year.
  • Never use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.
  • Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage doors are open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.
  • When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house. The presence of a carbon monoxide alarm in your home can save your life in the event of CO buildup.

 

Frequently asked questions about CO Alarms

Why should I have a working smoke alarm?

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

What types of smoke alarms are available?

There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.

It cannot be stated definitively that one is better than the other in every fire situation that could arise in a residence. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different, yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the US Fire administration recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with:

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR
  • dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors

In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.

What powers a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are powered by battery or they are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. A backup battery is usually present on hardwired alarms and may need to be replaced.

These batteries must be tested on a regular basis and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once each year (except for lithium batteries). See the Smoke Alarm Maintenance section for more information.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.

Some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

 

Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

Hardwired smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician.

Smoke alarm maintenance

Is your smoke alarm still working? Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all.

A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:

Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking

A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam.

  • If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
  • Open a window or door and press the hush” button,
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.

  

For further information go to the U.S. Fire Administration Smoke Alarm Page

Having an escape plan in case of fire is something every family should create and practice. Practicing the escape plan will allow you to work through any issues and solve any dilemmas that may come up as a result of the practice drills.

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When Creating Your Family Fire Escape Plan:

  • Identify two ways to escape from every room in the home.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Select a safe location away from the home where your family can meet after escaping
  • Consider purchasing and storing escape ladders for rooms above ground level and make sure to learn how to use them.
  • If you have pets, include plans for their evacuation.
  • If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your second way out.
  • If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke.
  • Before escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use your second escape route.

If smoke, heat or flames block both of your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Place a rolled towel underneath the door. Signal for help by waving a brightly colored cloth or shining a flashlight at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and let them know your exact location inside the home.

Create your own Escape Plan, Know Two Ways Out of every room.

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