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Do you have a defensible perimeter around your house and property? Here are some suggestions from the California Division of Forestry:
Dear West County Residents:
The State Responsible Area Fees are once again making ready for their bills to arrive this summer. The following link to the SRA viewer is the tool to help us understand who these fees should have effected. The opposition to these fees has continued to grow. We will do our best to keep you informed as the situation develops. http://www.bof.fire.ca.gov/sra_viewer/
The warm weather is here! Prevent drownings and accidents around your pool by taking some prudent steps. You probably have a fence in place. Make sure it is sturdy and the gates self-close and self-latch. Any house doors leading to the pool area should have an audible alarm when the door opens, mounted out of reach of children. If possible, a secondary latch and self-closing mechanism should be installed that kids cannot reach as well. If possible lock gates and doors with a key that you keep inaccessible to children. However, even the best alarms, locks and fences won’t keep ambitious kids from getting into your back yard... I should know – my boys can climb just about anything. ASSUME that eventually some child will circumnavigate your security fortress and get into your back yard. It is not a matter of if, but when. The best defense is a vinyl pool cover that completely protects your pool. Manufacturers rate the covers to handle up to 750 pounds. Short of a knife (or the key), the kids are not getting into the pool. Covers are a small investment for the piece of mind and can be retrofitted for any pool size. Other options include pool motion alarms and motion sensor detectors. Never allow children to play around pools and keep toys away so they don’t lure kids too close.