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Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Summer is here, and for most people this means it’s time for parties, vacations, and trips. Everyone has their own to enjoy summer. While the season is great for relaxing, one aspect of this time of year can be incredibly stressful. As the temperatures rise in California, wildfires become more prominent across the state.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and become more threatening in warm, dry, and windy conditions. During the summer, California dries out under the intense heat, thereby increasing the risks of wildfires. All it takes is one small spark to ignite a massive blaze that can burn through everything in its path.

Just looking at how bad last year’s wildfires were, it is easy to see how important it is for a person to be prepared for wildfires. This is especially true during the summer months.

Prepping A Home For Wildfires

A person can prepare for in a number of ways from prepping their home for a fire, and preparing their family on how to respond to a potential danger. Both ways are very important, and preparing in both areas can make a huge difference. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death.

When it comes to defending a house, homeowners should create defendable space between their home and the rest of the yard. This means creating ten feet of clearance between a home and any vegetation. It also means removing dead vegetation, leaves and branches, from the yard. Dead plant material is more flammable than living plants, and can pose a higher risk of catching fire. Dead leaves should also be removed from rain gutters and out from under porches.

Keep lawns maintained and watered as dry grass can be incredibly flammable. Mow lawns in the morning when they are damp with dew. This makes it less likely that a spark from the mower could start a fire.

Place metal netting over ducts, eaves, and under patios to prevent embers and dry debris from getting inside. Replace missing or broken roof tiles regularly to prevent embers from reaching the wooden roofing beneath the tiles.

Keeping The Family Prepared

When it comes to prepping the family for emergencies, a lot of it falls to storing emergency supplies, creating a plan, and practicing the plan. Experts recommend having at least two emergency exit plans for every room in a building. Every person in a family should know these plans, as well as where to meet in the event of separation. Practicing these plans regularly can help a person memorize, which means they will be less likely to panic and forget them in the event of an emergency.

Emergency supplies should be stored in a safe, yet easily, accessible area that every family knows about. When it comes to wildfire prep, an emergency kit should contain any current medications needed by each family member, including pets. Important documents, such as birth certificates, deeds, and insurance paperwork, should be kept in a safe, fireproof area. Fireproof safes are great, but they are not perfect. The safe itself may not burn, but sometimes the papers inside can still ignite if temperatures get hot enough.

Stay Safe & Prepared This Summer

In the event of a wildfire, always follow the advice of emergency personnel. They know best. If told to evacuate by firefighters or police officers, people should listen. If they don’t, they could become trapped in their home. This is bad for two reasons:

  1. No one wants to be trapped anywhere near a wildfire. Emergency crews may attempt a rescue, but there is no guarantee they will get there in time.
  2. Emergency personnel will need to be diverted from fighting the blaze to attempt to rescue the trapped individual(s). That means less people fighting the fire, which is bad for everyone.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and can be very scary when they approach a person’s home. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life in California during the summer and fall. Luckily, there are steps a person can take to help protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families.

What are some of the ways that you have prepared your home for wildfires?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

Most people are aware of just how big of a deal the Olympic Games are. Countries from all over the world get together for some good natured competition to see who has the better athletes. No other event in the world requires this much cooperation between so many countries.

Naturally, hosting the Olympics is a pretty big deal as well. Cities all over the globe compete for the honor of being the location of the next Olympic. By hosting the games, and hosting them well, a city gets a chance to show off to the rest of the world. Pretty much every city and nation out there wants to show off like that.

The next upcoming Summer Olympics for 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, the 2024 Games will be held in Paris, France, and the 2028 Games will be held in Los Angeles California. Hosting the games is no easy feat, and requires large amounts of money to do so. Recently, it was determined that the city of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2028 games had to be adjusted for inflation. The new estimated cost for the 2028 games is expected to be around $6.9 billion, 1.3 billion more than what was originally anticipated.

How Much Does It Cost To Host The Olympics?

Back in 2016, when the city of Los Angeles originally put in its bid to host the Olympic Games, it was trying to actually host the 2024 Games. Now, applying to host the Olympics is a lot harder than a city simply saying it wants to do so. Cities have to follow certain rules and guidelines set out by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). Some of the requirements include:

  • The city needs to be big enough to host the Games. This means they need to have stadiums, hotels, extensive mass transit systems, and the capability to produce high levels of security.
  • The city needs to prove to the IOC and city residents, that hosting the games will benefit the city, by creating new infrastructure and jobs, and not leave the city in massive amounts of debt.
  • The city needs to continue to have good media exposure from the time the bid is submitted to the time when the Games arrive.

On top of meeting those requirements, cities have to pay a fee of $150,000, to even be considered for the games, and submit an expected budget. IOC believes that the Olympic Games are a way of bettering the world, and want to ensure that whatever city the games are hosted will not be left with a huge burden after the games leave. Unfortunately, due to the size of the projects, many past Olympic venues fall into disrepair a few years after the games have come to pass.

When LA made its Olympic bid in 2016, it projected a cost of around $5.3 billion to host the Olympic Games. However, that wasn’t enough, the city would have to account for inflation in order to get a more accurate estimate for 2024. However, even after doing that, Los Angeles lost the bid to Paris. The IOC decided to award the 2028 bid to Los Angeles, provided it could come up with an updated projection by early 2019.

Well, the deadline came, and Los Angeles revealed its new estimated cost for hosting the Olympic Games in 2028, a whopping $6.9 billion. Luckily, this increase in cost isn’t due to any increased plans or projects for the game. It is simply due to the expected inflation over the next nine years.

The Olympics Return To Los Angeles

While hosting the Olympic Games is a big honor and very exciting, it is very costly. The cities hosting the games have to come up with ways to cover any excess expenses that aren’t covered by ticket sales and paid advertising. This means that the cost of the games could potentially be passed on to taxpayers if these estimations aren’t accurate enough.

Luckily, the city of Los Angeles plans on using already existing stadiums and venues for the event. Some of the venues were even built to host the Olympics back in 1984. Hopefully this will prevent LA from being left with any crippling debt like other previous host cities, such as Athens, Greece, and Montreal, Canada.

What do you think of Los Angeles hosting the Olympics Games once again in the coming decade?

Will it be a great opportunity for Californians to show off and see the games close to home, or does it pose too much of a risk for creating more taxes? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Nobody ever wants to be in a car accident, even a minor one. A small accident could put a bump or ding on a person’s vehicle, while larger ones can result in severe injuries and even death. Due to this fact, people are afraid of getting in accidents, and rightfully so. No one wants to be responsible for hurting someone else. Unfortunately, accidents do happen.

When an accident happens, no matter how little or how bad it may be, a driver needs to remain on the scene to deal with it. If a driver leaves the scene of the accident before it is resolved, they could be charged with hit and run. That is a crime no one ever wants to be accused of.

A Driver’s Responsibility

Here in the state of California, a driver is responsible for handling any accidents that they are involved in, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. This means that if a driver hits another vehicle, or a person, they have to remain on the scene to help out as best as they can. If a driver is hit by another vehicle, they still have to stay on the scene until the accident has been handled.

In either situation, if the driver leaves the scene of the accident without first identifying themselves, they could be charged with hit and run. To identify themselves at the scene of an accident, a driver must stop their car and provide the other party involved in the accident with their identifying information. This includes the driver’s:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Current address
  • Driver’s License (upon request)
  • Vehicle registration (upon request)
  • The information of the vehicle’s owner, if the driver isn’t the owner

Though a driver should stay on the scene until it is completely dealt with, they can leave after they have given the other party this information if they are in a hurry to get somewhere. At least with the information given, the other party will be able to contact them to sort out the accident.

When it comes to hitting a parked car, a person should leave a note with all of the above information with a description of what happened, in a discreet, yet easy to find spot. The person should then contact the local police department and alert them of the accident. Doing all of these creates a record of the incident and shows that the drive tried to remedy the situation.

Penalties Of Committing Hit And Run

Under California Vehicle Codes (VC) 20002 and 20001, hit and run crimes can either be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies. How the crime is charged is dependent on what was damaged during the car accident that the driver fled from. If property was damaged, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges. If a person was injured or killed, then the driver will face felony charges.

The consequences of VC 20002, misdemeanor hit and run, are:

  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A jail sentence of up to 6 months.
  • 3 years informal probation.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

The consequences of VC 20001, felony hit and run, are:

  • A fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • A prison stay of 3 or 4 years.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

A Driver Is Better Off Staying

Being charged with hit and run in California is no small matter. Hit and runs are taken very seriously, and can cost a driver more than just money. In addition, a driver can be accused of hit and run regardless of whether or not the accident was their fault. This means that by fleeing the scene of an accident, a driver can make circumstances worse for themselves. They may not have been in any legal trouble had they stayed, but by running, the driver becomes guilty of hit and run.

This is why it is best for drivers to just stop and pullover when they’ve been in an accident. Running will just make things worse.

What do you think of California’s hit and run laws?

Are they too strict, not strict enough, or just right? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest party nights of the year. Everyone is staying up late waiting to ring the New Year in with flair. All of this partying has a tendency to lead to a lot of drinking. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of people drinking and driving. In order to prevent accidents, many law enforcement agencies will setup DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints may look intimidating, but they are nothing to worry about. After all, they are there to help keep the roads safe for everyone. So long as the person who is driving has not been drinking, they have nothing to worry about.

When a person drives up to a DUI checkpoint, they will likely be instructed to wait until an officer is available to talk to them. Once an officer is ready, they will wave the car forward. From there, the officer will ask the driver a few questions:

  • Where are you coming from?
  • Where are you going?
  • Have you been drinking?

The officer will also ask to see driver’s license and registration.

As long as there are no signs that the driver has been drinking or consuming marijuana, then the officer will allow the driver to continue to their destination.

If the officer suspects that the driver has consumed alcohol, then the driver will be asked to pull over to the side where another officer will conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, then they could be ticketed, fined, and will likely have to wait for someone to come pick them up.

The whole point of DUI checkpoints is to keep drunk drivers off of the road. They increase in frequency around holidays that involve a lot of partying. That is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a driver finds themselves at a DUI checkpoint this New Year’s Eve.

Stay Safe Everyone and Happy New Year!

 

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

The state of California is known for being pretty forward thinking when it comes to several things, including going green.

Recently, the state of California took another step toward making the state greener by requiring all new homes to be powered by solar.

The California Building Standards Commission voted on the measure in early December and it passed unanimously.

The goal of the new measure is to make California a greener state that is much less reliant on energy generated from fossil fuels. Every new house, starting in 2020, will be required to have solar panels. The panels will have to produce enough energy to provide for the entire house or makeup for all of the electricity and natural gas that the residence consumed over the course of the year.

Opponents of the measure were concerned with how this could negatively affect housing construction in the future. The new measure is expected to raise the cost of building a home by roughly $10,000. Most of that money, about 85%, would go towards implementing the solar panels. The rest would likely go towards making the home more energy efficient.

According to the executive director of the energy commission, there will be two ways for homeowners to reduce the upfront costs of the solar panels. They can either lease the solar panels or sign a power purchase agreement that pays for the electricity generated, but not the panels themselves.

What do you think of California’s latest attempt to go green? Is this new measure a good one, or is it too much for prospective homeowners?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a fun and enjoyable time of the year. Unfortunately, the increase in traffic around this time of year can cause a driver to go insane. All of this extra traffic comes from shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and travelers looking to spend time with family.

Dealing with traffic is never fun, and it can have some unfortunate circumstances. Road rage is something that every driver has dealt with at one point in their lives. Luckily, there are ways to reduce or even prevent road rage. Here are a few tips to help a driver prevent road rage this holiday season.

  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  • Drive carefully and avoid driving in ways that may interfere with other drivers.
  • Listen to calm music that you enjoy.
  • Avoid using your horn as much as possible.
  • Avoid eye contact with angry drivers, it could make things worse.
  • Take deep breaths to keep yourself calm.

No one wants to deal with traffic or the road rage that it can cause. Luckily, experiencing road rage is optional. A driver cannot control how other drivers on the road behave, but they can only control themselves. If a driver keeps a level head, they can ensure that they have a fun and safe holiday driving experience this year.

 

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

The holidays, especially Christmas, are a time of giving. People are more considerate of one another, and are more likely to give to the less fortunate. While giving to people you do not even know is truly generous, there are some people out there who take advantage of the increased generosity.

Sadly, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of scammers out there. These bad people are aware of the extra good nature out there, and seek to use that for their own advantage. They look for ways to convince people to give money to them, usually through trickery. They have plenty of different schemes that they can use. One that shows up a lot during the holidays is fake charities.

Scammers will try to present themselves as charities in order to get money from unsuspecting people. If a person is looking to make any donations this year, they need to be careful. They want to make sure that their money goes exactly where it was meant to. Here are a few tips to keep your donations safe from scammers this holiday season.

  • Avoid charities that only accept cash, gift cards, or wire transfers.
  • Keep a record of all donations.
  • Monitor bank accounts after donations.
  • Don’t be rushed into making donations.
  • Research the charity in question.
  • Search for complaints about the charity.

So long as a person keeps these tips in mind while making donations this year, they can be sure that their money is going where they are intended to go. Their money will be able to help those in need, just like they wanted.

 

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

With the holidays here, many people will be out having a good time with family and friends. There will be all sorts of parties going on, and many of them will involve alcohol. If a person plans on drinking this holiday season, then they need to do so responsibly. Not only does this mean knowing their limits when it comes to alcohol consumption, but also having a safe way home planned.

Law enforcement officers know that there will be more people drinking around holidays. Unfortunately, this means that more people will be drinking and driving. In order to prevent this, they will be setting up DUI Checkpoints with the hopes of catching those drivers before they can cause an accident.

If a driver comes across a DUI Checkpoint, they need not worry so long as they haven’t been drinking. An officer will wave the driver forward, then ask him or her a few questions. They will ask to see the driver’s license and registration. They will ask things like where the driver is going, where they are coming from, and if they have been drinking. If everything checks out, the driver will be allowed to proceed without problem.

In today’s modern age, getting a safe ride home after drinking is very easy. A person can assign a designated driver (DD), or hire a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to pick them up. This way, they can get home safely without fear of causing an accident. After all, an accident is the last thing that people want to worry about during the holidays.

 

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Most large expenses, a person is able to prepare for. This makes them much easier to deal with and handle accordingly. Unfortunately, saving up isn’t always an option. Sometimes emergencies arise, and they cannot really be prepared for. After all, that is why they are called emergencies. A perfect example of this, would be when a friend or family member gets arrested.

Suddenly, a person finds themselves needing to post bail, but doesn’t have the money to actually do so. This leaves the person in a very tight spot. He or she wants to help out a loved one, but doesn’t think he or she is be able to do so. Luckily, there is a cheaper solution to posting bail alone. Just get a bail bond from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

We provide our clients with bail bonds that only cost 10% of the bail that they are for.

This is a huge discount on the cost of bailing someone out of jail. However, we do not stop there.

We are able to provide an additional discount for clients who qualify.

If a clients has good credit, he or she can qualify to get 0% down on the bail bond. This means that the the first month of the payment plan is FREE. Qualified clients does not have to make a payment on the bond until a month after the release of a loved one from jail. This can help our clients the time they need to get enough money to pay for the bail bond.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we know how difficult it can be to deal with an emergency situation like bailing a loved one. That is why we do everything that we can to make the bail process as easy as possible. If a person needs to rescue a loved one from jail, they can count on us to help out.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

The holiday season is officially here, and many people are getting ready to have some fun at family, friends, or office parties. Everyone celebrates in their own special way, but many celebrations will be including alcohol. If that is the case, then a person should be prepared to get home safely that evening.

Holiday season is all about getting together with people you are close with. Since it’s a celebration, there will likely be a bit of alcohol consumed. If that does happen, the person needs to have a safe ride home since, as everyone knows, driving with alcohol in your system is dangerous and illegal.

In order to avoid getting pulled over, best case scenario, or getting into an accident, worst case scenario, a person should have a designated driver. This can be a someone who has not had any alcohol, or it can be a hired driver. That is the great thing about today’s modern world, it is so easy to get a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to take a person home. Often times, it can be done through an app on the person’s phone.

Drinking and driving is very dangerous, and results in dozens of deaths every single day in the United States.

It is estimated that a person is killed in a drunk driving related accident every 50 minutes. This is a statistic that no one wants to be a part of. Luckily, that can easily be avoided by drinking responsibly, and having a designated driver.

When a person has an assigned designated driver to get them home, they do not have to worry about how much alcohol they are consuming. All they really have to worry about is not giving the people they are with another embarrassing story to talk about for years to come.
 

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