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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:49
CAL FIRE Asks Homeowners to be Safe with Heating Equipment
The recent cold-snap is a clear sign that winter has arrived in California with many areas receiving rain and snow over the weekend. During the cold winter months, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the nation see an increase in home fires due to dangerous heating equipment or unsafe practices. Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire deaths across the country.
"Half of all home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February," said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal. "Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment often leads to fires, injuries and deaths that could have been easily prevented. These fires remind us once again how important having working smoke alarms can be."
With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most home heating fires from happening.
CAL FIRE offers the following fire safety tips:
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:05
Christmas trees are among the most flammable items in homes and businesses at this time of year. A dry tree may literally explode and be consumed by fire in a matter of seconds.
When the trees are placed in any area where the public may gather, the California Code of Regulations requires that they be treated with a flame-retardant solution or process approved by the State Fire Marshal.
The Pasadena Fire Department requires that the following regulations be observed regarding the use of Christmas trees in areas of public assemblage, including schools, institutions, retail stores, public areas in hotels, apartment houses, and office buildings:
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:16
Miami, FL – Today, the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches and its Miami-Dade County Branch asked Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the Justice Department to act promptly to review the systemic pattern and practice of intimidation by officers of the Miami Gardens Police Department against African American residents in this community.
Many Miami Gardens residents have faced and continue to face harassment and misconduct carried out by the Miami Gardens Police Department. The police have made hundreds of apprehensions of innocent employees and customers of convenience stores for "trespassing." This supposed "zero tolerance" initiative by the department has left the Miami Gardens community shaken and uncertain of whether the police are willing to protect them from actual criminals.
"The Miami Gardens Police Department must be prevented from implementing their Zero Tolerance Zone Initiative. We are requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene immediately to protect the rights of the residents of Miami Gardens," stated Adora Obi Nweze, president of the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Miami Dade Branch.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:32
Los Angeles, CA - Latino residents of Whittier, through their attorneys, Rod Pacheco and Felix Woo of Denton's law firm, filed a motion for preliminary injunction today at the Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the Whittier city council elections scheduled for April 2014. The motion was made based on the grounds that irreparable injury will result if the elections take place as scheduled.
Rod Pacheco, attorney for the plaintiffs stated, "My clients remain deeply concerned about the politics that continue to be played by the Whittier City Council in their effort to hold one more unlawful election. They need to consider their citizens first, not their own reelections."
The motion was made on behalf of three Whittier residents who are plaintiffs that have filed suit against the city of Whittier for violations of the California Voter Rights Act. The plaintiffs are members of the Whittier Latino Coalition who have claimed that Whittier's at-large election have prevented them from electing candidates of their choice due to voter polarization.
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