WEATHER »

Authorities Warn of Fire Service Fraud


Over the holiday season, Santa Barbara’s city fire department received word from worried business owners that high-pressure sales people were offering to service fire extinguishers, work on hood and duct systems over restaurant stoves, or service automatic sprinkler systems. The problem was that some were pretending to be members of City Fire.

Though fire extinguishers must be inspected annually, kitchen systems every six months, and sprinkler systems every five years, said city fire inspector Ryan DiGuilio in a press release, City Fire does not endorse or send any fire-extinguisher or fire-protection service companies to businesses. Nor does City Fire ever require payment up front during its fire and life-safety inspections, he said, which it conducts every two years.

Several reputable companies do provide those services locally, DiGuilio added, but anyone with concerns about high-pressure sales tactics or any recent service call should contact City Fire at (805) 965-5254. Other ways to ensure a contractor is qualified to carry out maintenance of fire-protection devices, he recommended, is to check for a valid contractor’s license at the California Contractors State License Board and that the company carries insurance and the correct license to perform the work. For instance, electrical work and fire-alarm repairs require a C-10 license; servicing or repairing a fire sprinkler system requires a C-16 license. And those who service fire extinguishers must have a California State Fire Marshal fire-extinguisher license.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Catalytic Converter Thefts Rise

Thievery matches increased price of precious metal rhodium.

City Amends Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.

Hollister Ranch Settles with State to Provide Limited Public Access

A beach at Cuarto Canyon will be accessible by sea, and educational programs will expand.