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  • Holiday Safety Tips

    SDG&E Electricity Shutoffs

    During weather that could damage power circuits and lines, SDG&E will monitor circuits and shut off power to avoid lines and equipment starting fires. Unfortunately when this occurs, neither the Fire Department nor  Patrol receive information on when power may be restored.

    Here are two links that may be of help:

    https://www.sdge.com/wildfire-safety/public-safety-power-shutoffs

    https://www.sdge.com/residential/customer-service/outage-center/outage-map

    Once power is cut off due to a planned or unplanned outage, SDG&E cannot turn the power back on until the lines in the circuit are inspected.  The process takes time. SDG&E patrols via foot, vehicle and helicopter depending on the type and length of circuit involved. 

    The Association cannot give accurate updates on this process because it is SDG&E's process and it 
    is dynamic. For information, residents should call SDG&E at (800)411-7343 or check the above web pages.

    Patrol advises members to have a plan if the power goes off. Be prepared to use a generator, alternate cold storage, flashlights, etc.  If using a generator, connect it to the device that needs to be powered. Check with SDG&E about this prior to having to use it.

    Fire Code requires gates to have battery backup. The battery will open the gate in a loss of power. All gates have an alternate mechanical method to open the gate as well; refer to the instruction manual or ask the gate installer.  (Typically, a lever or bolt can be moved to open the gate.)

  • Home Security Inspection Survey

    Over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in requests from residents asking for advice on "beefing up" their home security.  This is a great idea!   We use a FREE resource available from the Sheriff's Department.

    The San Diego County Sheriff has Crime Prevention Specialists that work out of the North Coastal Station (our area).  They will come out to the home or business and conduct a free home inspection security survey.  The survey is done by the specialist who is a trained Sheriff's Dept. employee.  They offer many tips and suggestions on how to "harden the target" and improve the security of the home or business.  They are not financially driven by a product or company so you know their opinions and advice are honest real world suggestions.  Many of the improvements you can do are very easy to do and may not cost you anything!  They are very familiar with current crime trends county wide.

    To schedule a home inspection, please call their office - you can connect with either

    Gary Rivers (760) 966-3587 

    Jonathan Simon (760) 966-3588


Information

Emergency
858-756-9966 or 911

Non-Emergency
858-756-4372

RSF Patrol
PO Box A
16936 El Fuego
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

PPO13790

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SDG&E Electricity Shutoffs

During weather that could damage power circuits and lines, SDG&E will monitor circuits and shut off power to avoid lines and equipment starting fires. Unfortunately when this occurs, neither the Fire Department nor  Patrol receive information on when power may be restored.

Here are two links that may be of help:

https://www.sdge.com/wildfire-safety/public-safety-power-shutoffs

https://www.sdge.com/residential/customer-service/outage-center/outage-map

Once power is cut off due to a planned or unplanned outage, SDG&E cannot turn the power back on until the lines in the circuit are inspected.  The process takes time. SDG&E patrols via foot, vehicle and helicopter depending on the type and length of circuit involved. 

The Association cannot give accurate updates on this process because it is SDG&E's process and it 
is dynamic. For information, residents should call SDG&E at (800)411-7343 or check the above web pages.

Patrol advises members to have a plan if the power goes off. Be prepared to use a generator, alternate cold storage, flashlights, etc.  If using a generator, connect it to the device that needs to be powered. Check with SDG&E about this prior to having to use it.

Fire Code requires gates to have battery backup. The battery will open the gate in a loss of power. All gates have an alternate mechanical method to open the gate as well; refer to the instruction manual or ask the gate installer.  (Typically, a lever or bolt can be moved to open the gate.)

Home Security Inspection Survey

Over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in requests from residents asking for advice on "beefing up" their home security.  This is a great idea!   We use a FREE resource available from the Sheriff's Department.

The San Diego County Sheriff has Crime Prevention Specialists that work out of the North Coastal Station (our area).  They will come out to the home or business and conduct a free home inspection security survey.  The survey is done by the specialist who is a trained Sheriff's Dept. employee.  They offer many tips and suggestions on how to "harden the target" and improve the security of the home or business.  They are not financially driven by a product or company so you know their opinions and advice are honest real world suggestions.  Many of the improvements you can do are very easy to do and may not cost you anything!  They are very familiar with current crime trends county wide.

To schedule a home inspection, please call their office - you can connect with either

Gary Rivers (760) 966-3587 

Jonathan Simon (760) 966-3588


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