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Tsunami Preparedness Week March 27-31, 2017

Tsunami Preparedness Week in california is March 27-31, 2017! 

Millions of people enjoy California’s wonderful coastline! Whether you live, work, or visit, it is important to be aware that the coastal region is vulnerable to tsunamis. California’s large offshore faults and steep underwater slopes can cause a local tsunami to arrive in minutes. Tsunamis can also travel across the ocean from distant earthquakes.

California tsunami inundation maps show where areas on land can become quickly flooded when there is a tsunami. Tsunamis produce strong, rapidly moving currents that can flow onto normally dry land. Tsunamis are also dangerous for people in the water and boats or ships near the coastline.

Inundation maps are intended to be used to help guide people from dangerous areas to safe areas by showing where high, safe ground is located. These maps can be used by anyone to plan a safe evacuation route. You can practice walking out of the tsunami zone to be better prepared for a real tsunami.

For more information, go to http://www.tsunamizone.org/california/ or for the County's Tsunami Inundation map, go tohere: https://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/oem/tsunami-inundation-maps/home.sbc

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

TUESDAY, MARCH 21st  2017

 

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - 1st UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

305 E ANAPAMU STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

 

CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH

1111 VALLECITO ROAD  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

 

 

 

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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FIRST 5 WELCOMES NEW COMMISSIONERS

Two community leaders have joined the First 5 Commission that oversees and directs the work of First 5 Santa Barbara County! First 5 invests sales tax on cigarettes into local programs and services that help children prenatal through age 5 prepare for kindergarten.

Santa Barbara County Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann, Ph.D., J.D., joined the Commission in February. Prior to her service on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hartmann served as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Claremont Graduate School and taught Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and later at University of Southern California. She has also worked with the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3. Supervisor Hartmann played key roles in the public-private partnership Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, Buellton Urban Growth Boundary initiative, and the Goodland Coalition in Goleta. Supervisor Hartmann has a long history of community service through organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Wilding Museum, and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Charity Dean, M.D., M.P.H., is a public health physician who joined the Commission in March. Currently, Dr. Dean serves as the County Health Officer for the Public Health Department of Santa Barbara County where she is responsible for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Immunizations, and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Dean served as President of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Medical Association is an active leader in the California Conference of Local Health Officers, and she serves on the School Site Council of Mountain View Elementary. She received her medical degree and master’s of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans.

“We are profoundly grateful to have Supervisor Hartmann and Dr. Dean join the First 5 Commission,” said First 5 Executive Director Ben Romo. “Their extensive expertise, professional background, and long record of community service will greatly benefit our work supporting children prenatal through age 5 and their families.”

About First 5 Santa Barbara County: First 5 Santa Barbara County Children and Families Commission, funded by Proposition 10 works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county, to support the health, early learning and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families. For information, call (805) 884-8085 or visit www.First5SBC.org.

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Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. March 9, 2017 – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for 18 newly appointed firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The 18 firefighters have just completed an eight week lateral recruit academy. This was a combined academy with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. Coordinated and led by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Training Section, training included hose, ladders, search and rescue, HazMat, auto extrication, rope rescue, and many other Fire Department disciplines. 15 of the new firefighters will fill current vacancies for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Three of the firefighters will fill vacancies for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. The firefighters will have a one-year probation period, during which time they will be required to complete additional training and evaluations.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour. All members of the media are welcome to attend.

Contact Information: Captain Dave Zaniboni Information Officer Office 805-681-5531 Cell 805-689-0599. News Line 805-681-5546 Email david.zaniboni@sbcfire.com Twitter @SBCFireInfoAll Santa Barbara County Fire Department News Releases are available at www.sbcfire.com

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Project PetSafe encourages Santa Barbara County resident dog owners to bring their four legged family members to Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta, Ca 93117.

Project PetSafe is a program within Santa Barbara County Animal Services that advocates Responsible Pet Ownership. Being a responsible pet owner entails keeping your dogs’ license current and vaccinations up to date. It is important to help make sure cherished pets are free from disease and wearing their Santa Barbara County Animal License Tag. By keeping your pets healthy, it also reduces the risk of exposure to all family members. When your dog is licensed and wearing the animal license tag, the dog can be quickly reunited with their family.

The Goleta Valley Community Center Licensing Clinic provides:

  • Affordable vaccinations: o Rabies $6 o DHPP $14 o Bordetella $14
  • Microchipping - $30 for licensed dogs  Information about affordable spay and neuter services
  • Santa Barbara County Dog Licenses o A current rabies certificate and written proof that the dog is spayed or neutered are required to obtain an altered dog license. A rabies certificate and a Veterinary Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian are required to obtain an unaltered dog license.
  • All dogs must be on leash. No appointments needed.
  • Cash (no bills over $50) and checks accepted, no debit/credit cards
  • All dogs must be on leash, cats in carriers. Project PetSafe is committed to bringing affordable vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and licenses to your community. It is your responsibility to keep your pet(s) license current. A license is your pet’s ticket home. 

For more information, contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Project PetSafe Team, at 805-934-6968.

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th THRU SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th 2017

  • SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE: 125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM
  • LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH: 1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM
  • SANTA BARBARA - TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 1500 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM
  • ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH: 892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM
  • CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH: 1111 VALLECITO ROAD / TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE 805 - 324 - 237

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UPDATE ON SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FLASH FLOOD

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- This morning, Santa Barbara County’s south coast received between 2.25 and 2.75 inches of rain. Almost 4 inches fell above the Sherpa Fire burn area, resulting in flash flooding particularly in El Capitan Canyon and Refugio Canyon.

Twenty-four people were rescued from the area; 22 of which were rescued from the El Capitan Canyon Campground. Several yurts/cabins and vehicles have been flooded with water and debris. Approximately 24 evacuees were transported by a County Sheriff’s Office bus. There are no reports of injuries.

A County Sheriff/Fire helicopter was deployed to Circle Bar B Ranch off Refugio Rd. to rescue one person by hoist rescue who was transported to Cottage Hospital.

Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center has been activated as well as the Joint Information Center to provide county residents and visitors with updated information regarding flash flooding and debris flow hazards.

El Capitan and Refugio state parks have been evacuated as a precaution and are now closed. For your safety and that of emergency responders, the public is urged to stay off roads if you don’t need to travel about this weekend, and avoid flooded areas and coastal beaches that are expecting high surf.

The National Weather Service has predicted a more significant storm pattern this Sunday, particularly between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A flash flood warning is anticipated for all areas this Sunday, not just burn areas.

Public information is posted at www.countyofsb.org, via phone at 2-11, SBC TV 20, and the County’s social media channels. Residents can also check with their local jurisdictions for any local street closure information.

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Rain Driving Tips

January 18, 2017 – In anticipation of the approaching inclement weather, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers the following tips to help keep you and your passengers safe while driving on wet roads:

  • Routinely check your tires. Check tire tread depth and for proper inflation.
  • Slow down. As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oil on the road creating slick conditions.
  • Know how to recover from a skid. Remember not to slam on the brakes. Apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes and steer the car in the direction of the skid.
  • Keep your distance from the car ahead. It takes about three times longer to break on wet roads than on dry roads.
  • Turn your headlights on. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.
  • First rains make the road very slippery. First rains make the roads the most difficult to drive on as mud and oil combine with water to form a slippery layer.
  • Dry your brakes after driving through standing water. If you have driven through standing water, apply the brakes lightly for a short time to dry them.
  • Make sure your wipers are in good condition and functioning properly. California law requires that if you have your wipers on, your vehicle headlights must also be on. 

Taking these simple tips into account can save your life!

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18th THRU  SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st 2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA

1535 SANTA BARBARA STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA - 1ST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

2101 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 7PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH

1111 VALLECITO ROAD  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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A steep increase in influenza activity has been recorded in California over the past 3 weeks. Although January and February are typically the peak of influenza season, the rapid increase is unusual. An alarming increase in influenza outbreak in healthcare facilities, particularly skilled nursing facilities, has been reported.

The severity of illness this year has also increased. This is due to the predominant circulating strain, Influenza A / H3N2, which typically causes more severe disease particularly in the elderly and immunocompromised. The good news is the current influenza vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and community members can still get vaccinated.

Early treatment of hospitalized influenza patients can reduce the severity of illness. The benefit of treating with oseltamivir, and anti-viral medication, is greatest when the medication is started immediately after symptom onset. No resistance to this medication has been reported in California. Individuals who believe they may have the flu should seek medical care if they have underlying health conditions which predispose them to more severe illness. There is an adequate national and state supply of both the vaccine and the anti-viral medication. Additional influenza vaccines are still available for clinics who administer them, including the Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers.

Community members can take important steps to prevent influenza illness and outbreaks. All persons aged 6 months and over are encouraged to get vaccinated. Persons who are ill should stay home and have minimal contact with others, particularly those who have chronic health problems and are at increased risk for severe disease. Those who work in schools and healthcare facilities should practice frequent hand washing and avoid touching their faces and mouth.

For more information about flu, visit www.flu.gov.

To find flu vaccine near you, visit: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING JAN 6th & 7th

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH,  &  SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH 2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUDANTE

125 W. ALVIN  STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

  SANTA BARBARA  - TRINITY ESPISCOPAL CHURCH

1500 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4TH, & THURSDAY JANUARY 5TH,  2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - TRINITY ESPISCOPAL CHURCH

1500 STATE  STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is investigating exposures to a confirmed measles patient. The one confirmed case in Santa Barbara County is linked to the measles outbreak in Los Angeles that currently involves 11 patients. Of the 12 measles cases now involved in the Los Angeles outbreak, only one has provided documentation of vaccination.

The exposures in Santa Barbara occurred at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital on Tuesday, December 27th between 7:24 p.m. and 10:16 p.m. There were no other exposures. All exposed healthcare workers, patients, and visitors have already been contacted and appropriate measures are being taken to protect their health and the community. Cottage Health was able to quickly verify that all exposed healthcare workers were fully vaccinated against the measles virus.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through the air from person to person through coughing or sneezing. The virus spreads rapidly among people who are not immune. Symptoms include rash, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis. By the time an individual shows symptoms they have typically already been infectious for four days. This can result in many community exposures and requires rapid public health contact tracing. The incubation period for developing measles after an exposure is up to 21 days. Unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to the virus and cannot or will not receive the MMR vaccine may be placed under quarantine to protect others. This is the standard public health protocol with air-borne communicable diseases.

Measles is a serious disease and can cause encephalitis, pneumonia, and even death. The outcomes are particularly serious for young children, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, it is estimated three to four million people in the United States were infected annually. Each year an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.

Santa Barbara County Public Health is working closely with the public health departments in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties where additional exposures to this case have occurred. A critical piece of the investigation is documenting that exposed individuals have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. Community members who are unsure of their vaccination status should contact their healthcare provider to determine if they need to receive the vaccine. 

For more information about measles, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/measles. You can also call the Public Health Department information line at 681-4373 for basic information about measles. 

UN CASO DE SARAMPI ÓN CONFIRMADO EN EL CONDADO DE SANTA BARBARA PROVOCA RESPUESTA RAPIDA DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE SALUD PUBLICA

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. – El departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Barbara está investigando exposiciones a un caso confirmado de sarampión. El único caso confirmado en el condado de Santa Barbara ha sido emparentado al brote de sarampión en Los Angeles que actualmente involucra 11 pacientes. De los 12 casos de sarampión relacionados con el brote en Los Angeles, solamente 1 persona ha proporcionado documentación de su vacunación.

Las exposiciones en Santa Barbara ocurrieron en el hospital Cottage de Goleta Valley el martes, 27 de diciembre durante las 7:24pm y 10:16pm. No hubo más exposiciones. Todas las personas expuestas, incluyendo empleados del hospital, pacientes, y visitantes ya han sido contactadas y precauciones apropiadas están en efecto para proteger la salud de los expuestos y de la comunidad. El sistema de Cottage Health rápidamente identifico que todos los empleados expuestos estaban completamente vacunados contra el virus del sarampión.

El sarampión es un virus altamente contagioso propagado por el aire de persona a persona a través de la tos o los estornudos. El virus se propaga rápidamente entre las personas que no son inmunes. Los síntomas incluyen sarpullido, tos, secreción nasal y conjuntivitis. En el momento en que un individuo muestra síntomas por lo general ya ha sido infecciosa durante 4 días. Esto puede resultar en muchas exposiciones a la comunidad y requiere un rápido estudio de contactos de salud pública. El periodo de incubación para desarrollar el sarampión es hasta 21 días después de exposición. Personas expuestas al virus que no pueden ser o no quieren ser vacunadas pueden ser puestas en cuarentena para proteger a los demás. Este es el protocolo estándar de salud pública con enfermedades transmitidas por el aire.

El sarampión es una enfermedad seria que puede causar encefalitis, neumonía e incluso la muerte. Los resultados de contraer la enfermedad son particularmente graves para niños pequeños, mujeres embarazadas, y personas con un sistema inmune alterada. En la década antes del 1963, cuando una vacuna se encontró, se calcula que 3 a 4 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos fueron infectadas anualmente. Cada año se calcula que entre 400 y 500 personas murieron, 48000 fueron hospitalizados, y 4000 sufrieron encefalitis (inflamación del cerebro) a causa del sarampión.

El departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Barbara está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con los departamentos de Salud Publica en los condados de Ventura y Los Angeles donde exposiciones adicionales a este caso han ocurrido. Una parte crítica de la investigación es documentar que los individuos expuestos han recibido 2 dosis de la vacuna MMR (el sarampión, paperas y rubéola) durante algún tiempo en el pasado. Miembros de la comunidad que no están seguros de su estado de vacunación deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica para determinar si necesitan recibir la vacuna. 

Para más información sobre el sarampión, visite https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/signssymptoms-sp.html. También puede llamar a la línea de información del departamento de Salud Pública al 681-4373 para obtener información básica sobre el sarampión.

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The Warming Centers are Opening Fri-Sun (12/23-25, 2016)

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23RD  THRU  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH

 SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante

121 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - UNITARIANS SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA

1535 SANTA BARBARA STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA - 1ST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

2101 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 7PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - SALVATION ARMY, 200 W. COOK STREET / TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD / TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA - TRINITY ESPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1500 STATE STREET / TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH,  892 CAMINO DEL SUR / TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING, 941 WALNUT AVENUE / TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE: 805 - 324 - 2372

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Christmas Tree Fire Safety

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, and offers the following suggestions to keep your holiday safe:

  • When purchasing a live tree, look for signs of freshness. A fresh tree is green, the needles will be difficult to pull from branches and a minimum number of needles should fall off.
  • To keep your tree fresh, cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption and check the water level daily. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • When placing your tree in your home, make sure it is kept away from heat sources like fireplaces or heater vents. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks.
  • Make sure no exits are blocked by the tree.
  • Check your lights before placing them on your tree. Look for worn or frayed wires and broken bulbs.
  • When you leave your home or go to sleep at night, turn off the lights on the tree.
  • Dispose of your tree properly. Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community curbside pick-up service.
  • Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. 

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants you to remember that fires don’t take a holiday. By taking some precautions, you and your family can celebrate a fire-safe holiday.

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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced today tips for cleaner fireplace burning and safer homes.

As the weather cools, and the holiday season approaches, it is important to remember that fireplace fires can cause emergencies, and breathing wood smoke is bad for our lungs and our hearts. Follow these suggestions for a safer and healthier community.

1. Don’t burn trash. Don’t burn: plastics, chemicals, wrapping paper, magazines, or colored or coated papers (including newspaper inserts, junk mail, etc.). Also don’t burn charcoal, coal, or holiday greens.

2. Be a good neighbor and notice your smoke. Build small hot fires rather than large smoldering ones. Use seasoned hard woods that burn hot and provide complete combustion. Avoid "roaring" fires. They can start chimney fires and can lead to overheating of wall or roof materials.

3. Save your fireplace or wood stove for special occasions.

4. Use a gas log if you can.

5. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional chimney sweep.

6. Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter, or other fuel to light or relight a fire because the vapors can explode.

7. Don’t allow small children near the fireplace.

8. Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.

9. Be sure no flammable materials hang down from or decorate your mantel.

10. Make sure you have basic fire safety equipment. Keep a type ABC fire extinguisher near the fireplace, install a screen that completely covers the fireplace opening, equip your house with smoke detectors, and use a spark arrester on top of your chimney.

For more information, see http://www.sbcfire.com and https://www.OurAir.org.

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Black Friday has gone to the animals as Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ opens their doors for “Black FURday.” On a day that is notorious for crazy price cuts and even crazier customer behavior, Animal Services’ recommends you to skip the chaos and cozy up to a cat, dog, or rabbit instead; or feel free to take part in the craziness and make the shelter your last stop. For the thousands of people who do venture out on Black Friday, all three shelters will be open from 10AM until 2PM for Black FURday Adoptions.

On Friday, November 25th, from 10AM through 2PM all adoptions will be 50% off. Shop early to take advantage of our Cuddlebuster deal and adopt any animal with any amount of black for FREE from 10AM-12PM. Adoption Matchmakers will be on hand to assist those looking to adopt. Licensing fees may apply.

Black FURday is a great time to adopt a new family member. There is plenty of time to help your new cuddly canine, fluffy feline, or beautiful bunny adjust to their new home before the Holidays. In addition, pets have many health benefits including helping you to fight off those winter blues. With all of the rich foods that tend to be enjoyed throughout December, adopting a new walking companion, also known as a dog, is sure to help you stay healthy while adopting a rabbit will encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables. Adopting a cat this time of the year has its perks as well; like a built in lap warmer which can help reduce your heating bills.

All three Santa Barbara County Animal Shelters’ are full of amazing animals with a lot of love left to give. This holiday season, when all is focused on giving, open your home to a shelter pet. Giving the gift of a home to a homeless animal is sure to leave you on the receiving end of many things including unconditional love.

All adopted animals include a health check, spay or neuter, applicable vaccinations, and a starter bag of food. You will not find a better deal at any other stop!

Don’t miss out; make sure a stop at your local shelter is planned for Black FURday. You can find these deep discounts on Friday, November 25th from 10AM to 2PM at the Santa Maria Animal Center at 548 W. Foster Rd in Santa Maria, the La PAWS Adoption Center at 1501 W. Central Ave. in Lompoc, or at the Santa Barbara Shelter at 5473 Overpass Rd. in Santa Barbara.

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County Animal Services Saves 23 Dogs

SANTA BARBARA, CA – On November 9, 2016, a team of Santa Barbara County Animal Services staff seized 23 dogs from inside a home in Los Alamos. The dogs received a preliminary assessment and vaccinations on-site and were transported to the Santa Barbara Animal Center for further assessment and care.

An operation of this size requires a team to implement the seizure in a safe and humane manner to meet the immediate needs of the animals while supporting safety of people. The ten member team included a veterinarian, three Animal Control Officers, three supervisory staff, and a Registered Veterinary Technician in addition to others.

A community complaint expressing concerns about potentially abandoned dogs, resulted in a Notice of Seizure under Penal Code 597. Upon arriving at the site, the team found the conditions at the home to be squalid and unlivable. The dogs had adequate water and food and were in relatively good condition. The owner was not on-site at the time of the seizure.

Dori Villalon, Operations Manager of County Animal Services stated, “This was a safe, efficient, well-run seizure. I am feeling really proud and grateful to be working with such a terrific team.”

The legal process will proceed with the owner. It is likely that a number of the dogs will be available for adoption in the future through our Santa Maria Animal Center. Loving homes will be sought for each of the animals.

For more information about dogs available for adoption now, please visit any of our three shelters. The Santa Maria Animal Center is located at 548 W. Foster Rd. in Santa Maria, the Santa Barbara Shelter is at 5473 Overpass Rd. in Santa Barbara, and the LaPAWS Adoption Center is at 1501 W. Central Ave. in Lompoc. The shelters are open for adoptions from 10am-4:30pm Monday through Friday and 10am-3:30pm on Saturdays.

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