Fire extinguishers--does the fire department service them?No, but you may contact the Fire Prevention Division at (310) 253-5925 for the latest information on state-approved and Culver City-approved contractors.
Smoke Alarms--how often should I change the batteries?
Carbon Monoxide--what is it and what do I need to do about it?
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced from vehicles that are idling. Click here for more information. Find a fact sheet by clicking here.
Senate bill 183, also known as the "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act," requires that a carbon monoxide (CO) device be installed in all dwelling units intended for human occupancy. Carbon Monoxide detecting devices should be installed outside each sleeping area of the home.
Fire alarm system--do I have to do anything to maintain or service it?Yes. Per the California Fire Code, Article 10, you are responsible for the system and you are required to keep the system operating properly at all times and under the control of a qualified person. You can find the standard for the testing, maintenance and record keeping in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) pamphlet Standard 72 available from NFPA (800) 344-3555 or online at www.nfpa.org.
Home security system--can I connect my smoke detector so it dispatches the fire department?
No. The California Building Code requires that the residential smoke detector is local, for occupant notification only.
You can have a commercial type fire alarm system installed. That system, after review and approval from the fire department, can dispatch for fire response.
The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for maintaining a reasonable level of protection of life and property from the hazards created by fire, explosion, and hazardous materials. This is accomplished by conducting field inspections to ensure California Fire Code (as amended by the Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 9.02) compliance at businesses, apartment buildings, schools, and public assemblies. In addition, the Division inspects all businesses that use or store hazardous materials, conducts plan reviews and inspections of new construction, tenant improvements, and automatic fire protection systems. The Fire Prevention Division also issues business regulatory permits designed to reduce hazardous conditions and conducts fire origin and cause investigations to determine the cause of a fire.