Month: August 2015

‘Fight the Bite!’ by Reducing Mosquitoes Around Your Home

We’re still in the thick of it. Both mosquito and West Nile virus activity peak from June to September, and the hotter the weather, the faster mosquitoes reproduce. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) strongly urges everyone to “Fight the Bite!” and take all mosquito prevention and protection measures. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying—they…

New Rebate Programs Promote Water Conservation

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced two new rebate programs that benefit Californians who replace water-guzzling lawns and inefficient toilets to conserve water during the State’s historic drought. The rebate programs are financed by the Proposition 1 water bond that was approved by voters last year. The programs will help carry out Governor…

Check Out the Summer 2015 Issue of Consumer Connection

The cemetery you visit may look a bit different than it usually does. Cemeteries must follow Governor Brown’s April 2015 Executive Order to conserve water, which may impact the appearance of the property. The summer 2015 issue of DCA’s award-winning magazine the Consumer Connection has details about how cemeteries licensed by the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau…

Hot Weather Can Harm Pets

For our four-legged friends, warm summer days can spell trouble in the form of heat stroke and heat-related injury. Dr. Beth Parvin, a consultant with the California Veterinary Medical Board, warns that heat stroke in pets is a medical emergency that can quickly turn deadly. She advises that even after pets are removed from the heat,…

New California Laws for 2015—Update

Hundreds of laws—930 to be exact—went into effect this year. Most took effect back in January; however, a number of them went into effect on July 1. Here are a few: Smartphone kill switches: Senate Bill 962 requires all smartphones sold in California have theft-deterring technology that allows owners to remotely disable their stolen devices. Pet…

Cemeteries Adhere to Drought Water Restrictions

Governor Brown’s Executive Order in April calling for a mandatory a 25 percent cut in potable water use through February 2016 means belt-tightening not only for residents and municipalities, but for commercial and industrial properties as well. That directive includes California’s cemeteries. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (Bureau) wants to alert consumers that…

Don’t Let Dry Rot Destroy Your Home

On June 16 in Berkeley, California, six students died after a balcony they were standing on collapsed. Inspection reports showed that the collapse was caused by dry rot. On July 3 in Folsom, California, a man was killed when a stairway at an apartment complex fell on him.  Dry rot is the suspected cause of the…

Warning on Dangers of Cutting Weight, Dehydration

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and Association of Ringside Physicians are warning boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters about the risks of unhealthy weight loss—known as cutting weight—and dehydrating. A recent study found that 39 percent of MMA fighters were entering competition in a dehydrated state, according to CSAC. Heat illness and death…

Tips to Stay Safe at Your Next Salon, Barbershop Visit

Wedding season and special events have many of us visiting the salon and barbershop to get primped and pampered. What you may not realize are the dangers you could be exposing yourself to while there. The good thing is you can guard yourself and others with the right information. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC)…

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