Each winter, beginning November 1 through the end of February, the District's Check Before You Burn program lets you know if residential wood burning is allowable in your county on any given day, based on air quality and the type of wood-burning device you have in your home.
You can find the wood-burning status several ways:
* Call 1.800.SMOG.INFO (766.4463) * Visit www.valleyair.org * Through your local Fire Department, newspaper and/or newscast * Free smartphone app. search Valley Air
It is your responsibility to find out if you can burn on any given day. If you burn when it is prohibited, you will face fines and penalties.
For more information on the Check Before You Burn Program contact the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District 209.557.6400
HEATING SAFETY TIPS
There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
* Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
* Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
* Never use your oven to heat your home.
* Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
* Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
* Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
* Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
* Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
* Check before you burn.
* Test smoke alarms monthly.
FACT Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
For more information on heating safety tips, contact Fire Prevention at 209.668.5580
COMMUNITY CPR CLASS - MARCH 19, 2016
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming CPR certified?
The Turlock Fire Department in cooperation with American Safety Health Institute will be hosting a CPR class. The training will focus on adult and child/infant CPR/AED.
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 Cost: $35.00 per person Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Place: Public Safety Facility - Training Room 244 N. Broadway Turlock, CA (enter near end of parking lot by the Veteran Flags)
If you have any questions or if you would like to submit your registration form and payment, please call the Turlock Fire Department at 668-5580, or visit us at 244 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor
Final registration date is Wednesday, March 16, 2016 class limited to 12 (paid and registered)
FIRE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE - HOLIDAY CLOSURE
The Turlock Fire Department Administration office will be closed in observance of President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2016.