New Smoke Alarm Law – Tracy, California

A residential smoke detector is the most famil...

Smoke alarm laws taking effect

by Glenn Moore Tracy Press

Jul 12, 2014 | 721 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

New smoke detector laws, including a change that took effect July 1, are intended to keep working alarms in rental properties and homes in Tracy and throughout California.

State Senate Bills 1394 and 745 are phasing in rules for installation and types of smoke alarms during the next two years.

Division Chief Steve Hanlon of the Tracy fire department said the laws acknowledged a growing — and dangerous — trend observed by fire crews statewide and locally. Continue reading

How to Escape Water Shortages

Cacti are not the only low water consuming pla...
Cacti are not the only low water consuming plants used in Xeriscaping. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In many parts of the country, from California to Texas, green lawns of grass are not indigenous to the region. To make them work, you need copious amounts of water to keep them looking their best.

Non-native landscaping contributes to water shortages in some areas, resulting in strict watering restrictions, even in high-end gated communities such as Santa Luz in San Diego. The Santa Luz homeowners association requires that all landscaping is xeriscaped using only plants native to California.

Water shortages are growing. Nevada’s Lake Mead has reportedly dropped to less than 40 percent of its full level, reports LakeMead.water-data.com. Texas has reported drought conditions for the last three years.

How can homeowners help? Continue reading