COVID-19 OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE – FIRE PREVENTION
Your health is our number one priority during this National Emergency related to the global pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. With the most recent updates from the CDC, Marin County Health Department and the Marin County Order to Shelter in Place. The following changes to our daily work plan shall go into effect starting Monday March 16th, 2020 at 08:00 and remain in place until a notice of cancelation has been issued.
The following fire inspections have been determined to be non-essential and will be suspended:
- All construction inspections including, but not limited to, verification of project scope (close-in), fire protection systems in new or remodel construction, vegetation management, and final fire construction inspections are suspended.
The following fire inspections will be evaluated and scheduled as needed:
- Essential fire inspections needed to approve maintenance and repair of existing fire protection systems.
- Investigation and/or inspection of reported hazardous conditions that impact fire protection systems or that reflect a threat to life safety.
- Persons reporting a hazardous condition shall be required to email the local fire agency (see reverse for contact information) with a request to investigate hazardous conditions. The request shall include the reporting party’s name, address and phone number, the name of the property owner where violation is occurring (if possible), address, a brief narrative of the issue and photos or videos.
PLANNING AND PROJECTS:
Plan Reviews – All new plan reviews shall be electronic submittals only starting Monday March 16th, 2020 at 08:00. Interaction with the applicants regarding these projects shall be limited to telephone or by zoom room meetings. Limited person-to-person interaction will be granted on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit our plan submittal page.
Vegetation Management Program – During the effective time of this operational directive, all interactions with contractors and the public shall be limited. Projects shall continue as planned however, limited contact with contractors and the public shall include BSI precautions outlined in the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and hand-to-hand contact. All community events shall be canceled or postponed until after this operational directive has been canceled. The use of zoom meetings is approved in the place of person-to-person meetings and should be utilized whenever possible during the effective period of this operational directive.
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICY CANCELLATIONS
Are you having this issue? There are a few options. One you may contact our prevention division and request a hazard assessment http://smfd.org/contact . We then will send out a crew or inspector and will conduct the hazard assessment / risk analysis of the property. If we believe the insurance company’s assessment is incorrect, we will write a letter to the insurance company.
We also recommend that residents affected by this issue file a complaint with the State Insurance Commissioner.
The State Insurance Commissioner (http://www.insurance.ca.gov) regulates the insurance industry in the State of California. Their site has resources to assist with cancellation http://www.insurance.ca.gov/…/Top10Tips_FindingResidentialI… Residents should file a complaint at this same address and it would be important for folks to do that so that the Commissioner can accurately gauge the scale of the problem.