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 A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

 In July of 2010, the City of Albany became the first US City to require every new building to be equipped with  Photoelectric Smoke Alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms, which use a light beam to detect the presence of smoke have fewer false alarms and are more effective at sounding when a fire originates from a smoldering source, like a lit cigarette that falls into a couch cushion. Smoldering fires can fill a home with dangerous gases before a fire ever erupts. Albany Fire Chief Urges Switching Smoke Alarms

Ordinance No. 2010-06: Regulations for Smoke Alarms & Smoke Detectors

 

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