Below is some of the current/updated building code information from the state of California as it pertains to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is helpful information to make sure you are currently protected in your home in case of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency.
July 1, 2014
Smoke alarms or combination alarms (smoke and carbon monoxide) that are replaced because they are inoperable, must be replaced with a new model that contains the non-replaceable, non-removable battery that will last 10 years. One exception: If an older model smoke alarm device is already in the inventory of an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer, on or before July 1, 2014, this older model may be installed up until July 1, 2015.
January 1, 2015
Battery operated smoke alarms units installed after this date must comply with the following:
- Date of manufacture displayed
- Date of installation displayed
- Incorporate a hush feature
- Contain a non-removable 10-year battery
January 1, 2016
Additional alarms must be installed, as needed, to ensure compliance with the current building standards. Currently, the California Building Code requires:
- One smoke alarm on each story and in the basement.
- One smoke alarm in each bedroom.
- An additional alarm in each hallway and/or stairway that leads directly to the sleeping areas.
A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a maximum fine of two hundred dollars ($200).
Safety tips for your maintenance checklist:
- Replace battery operated and hardwired units every 10 years. Smoke alarms don’t last forever.
- Inspect, test and clean smoke alarms at least once every year. Test not only the battery, but also with canned smoke to insure the device is operable.
- Never paint over a smoke alarm.
- In addition to knowing your local building code, read the manufacturer’s instructions for placement recommendations.
- To reduce your liability as a Property Manager, consider hiring a contractor for installation and maintenance issues relating to smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Recently the power to the building went off for an extended period of time, the elevators stopped working and the fire doors shut on each floor. The power has since been restored and all of the buildings components including the elevators are working again.
In the future, when there is an SDGE power outage you can expect some of the following things to happen and how to ensure you have safe ingress and egress to the building.
- The elevators will no longer work, you will need to take the stairs either out of the building or to the garage. Please check the emergency escape information located by each elevator to ensure you know where the closest stairwell is. If you need a common area key to access the stairs/floors, please contact Management for one.
- If it is dark, take a flash lite or cell phone with you in case you cannot find your way out of the building when it is pitch black. If the outage is during the overnight security hours you can contact them for an escort 619-846-7049.
- When there is a power outage, the buildings hall/stairwell lights and fob system will only work for roughly 90 minutes, if the outage is longer than that, you will need to enter through the garage entrances (which will pop open when the power is off)and in to the stairwell to access your unit. You will need to have a common area key if the power is out for extended periods, as the elevators will not work until they are reset.
If you have any follow up questions or concerns about what to do during a power outage, please contact Management to discuss further.
Barbecues are permitted on balconies and patios only if they operate on propane or electricity. All other types of barbecues are expressly prohibited. Homeowners are requested to make every effort to minimize smoke and/or odors while barbequing to avoid disturbing any neighboring Homeowners When using barbecues, take care to insure the barbecue is a safe distance from all other items including walls to avoid damage or fire. Owners are responsible for any damage caused to community property from the use of barbecues.
Trash Chute Back-Ups and Large Item Removal
It has been noticed on a few recent occasions that the trash chute has been getting backed up by large boxes or oversized bags. Please ensure that all items fit in the chute prior to disposal and take any large cardboard or Styrofoam down to the bins in the garage. This will help prevent any damage to the system and assist from having any long delays in using the chute.
The Management office will be closed Friday, December 23rd – Monday December 26th for Christmas observation and Monday, January 2nd for New Years. During this time you will need to contact the emergency dispatcher for any immediate issues 1-800-400-2284. Please keep in mind you will not be able to set up plumbing service that requires a water shut off, moves in/out of the building or HVAC service that requires roof access as no one will be onsite to facilitate those services. From all of us serving you here at Park Blvd East and Action Property Management, we wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year of health, happiness and prosperity!
Please be sure to wrap your tree prior to removing it from your unit to prevent pine needle debris. Large disposal bags can be obtained in the management office.
Trees may not be brought through the Lobby. Please take the trees down to the garage via the elevator and place in the “Green” trash bin as the white is strictly for recycling (paper, plastic & glass).
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
At the December 1st annual meeting there were three owners elected on to the Board of Directors for a two year term. Below is the list of your newly elected Board at Park East.
Eric Atilano *
James Knipe *
Sara “Woody” Watkins
Michelle Evers *
On Tuesday, December 6th San Diego Door Controls will be out to complete repairs on the 13th Ave garage gate between 11:00am-1:00pm. During this time there will be no access in/out of the garage as the gate will be closed while repairs are made. So please make sure your vehicle is out of the garage prior to the work if you need to leave during those hours. Thank you for your cooperation during this service and please let management know if you have any questions or concerns.
The Park Boulevard East Annual Meeting will be held on December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and we still need to receive more ballots in order to reach quorum for the meeting. Please mail or drop off your signed ballot to the management office at 550 Park Blvd before 5:00 p.m. on December 1st. If we do not receive enough ballots the Annual Meeting will have to be rescheduled. Contact Management at 619-595-0003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, November 22nd San Diego Door Controls will be out to complete repairs on the 13th Ave garage gate between 11:00am-1:00pm. During this time there will be no access in/out of the garage as the gate will be closed while repairs are made.
Thank you for your cooperation during this service and please let management know if you have any questions or concerns.
13th Ave Garage Entrance Closed:
Tuesday, November 22nd
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In honor of national coffee with a cop day, please join the central division police department in a community outreach event. In order to strengthen police community relationships, the SDPD central division would like to invite you to join them for coffee. This gives the public a chance to chat casually with the captain and officers in the local area to exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee. I hope you all can attend.
Date: Friday, October 7th
Location: Meshuggah Shack 1188 Market St