UC Davis, University of California

Guide to Solano Park

2017-2018

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Safety and Emergency Preparedness

While the university community and the City of Davis are relatively small and considered friendly and safe, neither is immune to the realities of the world. You will need to take precautions to secure your personal property, e.g. locking your door when not in your apartment, engraving your possessions, locking and registering your bike. You must also consider your personal security and be aware of vulnerable situations. Keep neighbors informed of your whereabouts and when you will be returning home. When possible, travel with a friend and check campus maps for the well‑lit paths. Report any suspicious activity immediately to your Resident Assistant, Solano Park office, Complex Coordinator, or the police, and never leave outside doors unlocked, open, or ajar.

With so many people living together, apartment areas are prime targets for thefts. Your careful attention to security is in everyone’s best interest. The university expects all on‑campus residents to report crimes immediately by contacting the UC Davis Police. Fire, police or medical emergencies can be reported in person or by dialing 911 from any telephone on campus. Non‑emergency calls for help can be reported by dialing the UC Davis Police Department (530-752‑1230).

Household Safety

Carbon Monoxide

Recently increased attention has been given to indoor air quality around the country. Some of this focus has been on carbon monoxide which is a natural and unavoidable consequence of the combustion of various fuels. We are all exposed to carbon monoxide each and every day as a result of the use of internal combustion engine vehicles along with anything that uses other fossil fuels, natural gas, propane, butane, etc. Even barbecues give off carbon monoxide. As a result, carbon monoxide detectors are available in hardware stores along with smoke detectors, heat detectors, and other detectors of various sorts.

Three appliances in Solano Park generate carbon monoxide as they consume natural gas: gas kitchen range/stove/oven, wall furnace heater, and water heater. UC Davis Environmental Health & Safety department has conducted tests of kitchen carbon monoxide levels in two apartments. These tests, conducted with the hallway “pocket” door closed and all living room and kitchen doors and windows closed, clearly established that the only carbon monoxide source of potential concern is from the kitchen oven and only when the oven is on more than thirty minutes. With the window open half way and the oven on at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, carbon monoxide levels remain at an acceptable level. It is our recommendation that you leave your kitchen window open while you use your oven. Our tests indicate that if you open your kitchen window at least half way while your oven is on and leave it open for thirty minutes after you turn your oven off, that enough fresh air is provided to eliminate any potential concerns regarding carbon monoxide levels.

Student Housing is investigating other options for addressing this situation. We are also contracting with an independent environmental engineering firm which will utilize a certified industrial hygienist to facilitate more extensive testing. In the meantime, please rest assured that there are no known problems related to carbon monoxide exposure. However, with more and more focus on indoor air quality, we in Student Housing wanted to bring this information to your attention and request your cooperation by making sure there is adequate ventilation in the kitchen when you use your oven. If you would like additional information about carbon monoxide, please visit the National Clearinghouse for Carbon Monoxide website.

Asbestos & Lead Paint

Asbestos‑containing building materials and lead paint are present in most apartments. However, these materials do not pose a health threat to residents unless the materials become damaged. Should there be a need for a removal of the asbestos; trained and certified contractors will do the work with the utmost precautions taken.

Oil & Household Hazardous Waste

Yolo County offers periodic opportunities for disposal of other household hazardous waste materials. Check with the county dump for disposal dates. Any household cleaners, paints, etc. may be taken to the Yolo County Landfill, north of the city on Pole Line Road. If you want more information about recycling cardboard, glass, plastic and cans, contact the Solano Park office or call Davis Waste Removal for more specific information.

Used crankcase oil from your vehicle is considered a hazardous waste material and therefore may not be disposed of into street drains, dumpsters or grounds. A local private company, Davis Waste Removal (DWR), operates a facility where you may dispose of the used crankcase oil from your vehicle. They are located at 2727 2nd Street in Davis and are open for oil disposal 24 hours a day. Just use the container to the right of the driveway as you enter. You may then dispose of your container in the dumpster provided, next to the tank. Any question, call Davis Waste Removal at 756‑4646. There is no charge to use the Davis Waste Removal facility for disposal of your used crankcase oil.

We ask for your attention and cooperation in preventing the risk of environmental contamination caused by improperly handled oil and hazardous household materials. Remember that illegal disposal of used or waste oil may make you liable for fines and/or imprisonment under state law. Please call the Solano Park office if you have questions about disposal of hazardous materials or if you are aware of unsafe conditions or handling of hazardous materials in Solano Park. Please also immediately report anyone seen dumping oil or other waste to the campus police at 530-752‑1727.

Personal & Community Safety

Police Service

UC Davis is served by its own police department with over forty officers. The department is located on Kleiber Hall Drive, southeast of the Pavilion at the ARC and across the street from Briggs Hall. Residents are encouraged to tour the department and ride along with an on‑duty officer. Police officers patrol campus around the clock. They enforce the law, investigate crimes, make arrests and provide a full range of police‑related services. The crime prevention unit gives presentations and provides information on personal safety; brochures and literature are available through the Crime Prevention Office.

Escort Service

Call 752‑1727 if you would like a safety escort while walking alone on campus at night. After you call, a Cal Aggie Host will meet you and escort you to your destination on campus.

Child Safety

Parents of small children are strongly encouraged to safeguard against circumstances that might result in a child falling out of a window. Your apartment is equipped with window security pins that, if used properly, are designed to allow windows to open wide enough for improved ventilation, but not enough for a child to fall out. Please be certain that these devices are in good working order and are used. It is also important to keep furniture, step stools, and other items which children might climb on, away from windows. Help us keep our buildings safe and accident free.

Property Security

The UC Davis Police Department has a program called “Operation ID.” You may check out an electric etcher from either the Solano Park office or the police department to engrave your driver’s license or social security number on your valuables. These numbers may help police identify and return stolen belongings to you. Contact the Solano Park office or the police department (530.752‑1727) for more information.

Neighborhood Watch

The Neighborhood Watch Program is a community‑sponsored program whereby residents help protect themselves and their community by being alert and informing the police when a crime or suspicious activity is observed. This program has had a very positive impact when residents join together to make it work.

Following are a few guidelines to follow to keep the community a safe and crime‑free place to live.

  • Keep all bikes locked to racks when not in use. U‑locks or case‑hardened chains are preferred. University regulations require that all bikes ridden or stored on the campus need to be licensed by TAPS (530-752‑2453).
  • When leaving your apartment, even if for just a short time, lock your doors and windows. All windows in Solano Park are equipped with locks that allow secure ventilation of apartments.
  • Use an engraver to label personal property such as computers, stereos, electronic equipment, tools, etc. — police recommend identifying property with your name and drivers license number. Don’t forget to keep records of model and serial numbers. If your property is stolen, these efforts will help police return your property if recovered.
  • Get to know your neighbors, organize and attend neighborhood potluck gatherings, and participate in community activities. This helps build a strong sense of community and helps everyone to be aware of strange or unfamiliar faces in Solano Park.
  • Be involved! If you see suspicious persons or behavior anywhere in Solano Park, especially at night, please call the UC Davis Police immediately. Only unwelcome visitors will be offended by having to explain their presence – the rest of us will be glad you cared enough to call.
  • Teach your children to be wary of strangers. Make sure they know never to let anyone know if they are alone at home, and make sure they know that there are certain people in your neighborhood that they may contact in case of emergency. Keep a set of your children’s fingerprints and a current photograph in a safe place.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is taken very seriously in Solano Park, and residents are expected to adhere to the following regulations. For reasons of safety, the fire department has imposed restrictions on furnishings and some electrical equipment. All large wall hangings (such as tapestry and large posters) must be treated with a flame retardant. Tenants are not permitted to use anything that produces an open flame, such as candles in their apartments (university‑provided gas stoves are exempt from this policy). Christmas trees must be treated with flame retardant.

Alarms & Detection Systems

Apartment Fire Detectors

When an alarm rings, a small light flashes on the unit, and depending upon the triggering mechanism, one of two systems is activated: if triggered by particles in the air, the fire detector rings an alarm only in your apartment — it does not call the fire department; if triggered by heat, the fire detector rings an alarm in your apartment and calls the UC Davis Fire Department, giving the apartment location.

Apartment Smoke Detectors:

Smoke detectors are installed either in bedrooms or in hallways between bedrooms. Smoke, steam, carbon dioxide, or physical shock may activate these fixtures. Residents should use the bathroom fan and keep the door tightly shut while bathing to avoid setting off the alarm. When broiling, steaming, or frying food, alarms can be avoided by closing the sliding door between the kitchen and bedrooms and setting the air conditioner to “exhaust.” Under no circumstances may a resident deactivate the ceiling smoke detector, since this may cause the system to malfunction and could jeopardize other tenants. Damages caused by tampering with fire equipment are billed to the tenant.

Fire Extinguishers

These are located on or near the stairways of all apartments, and on the wall of utility buildings. Learn their locations and instructions. If you notice that an extinguisher has been used or is missing, please notify the Solano Park office. Do not allow children to play with fire extinguishers.

Alarm Boxes

Familiarize yourself and others in your apartment with the location and operation of fire alarm boxes around Solano Park. The red and white boxes are mounted on posts labeled “FIRE” and are located at intervals on the road circling Solano Park. At night, a blue light on top of the box identifies its location. If a fire cannot be seen from the box, have someone wait there to direct fire trucks.

Barbecues

Barbecues may not be used on patios, balconies, under trees, or within building courtyards, and must be located at least ten (10) feet from any structure. A barbecue grill can be reserved in advance by calling your Resident Assistant. The following are rules for barbecue use: 1) Barbecue must be attended at all times while hot, 2) Extra care must be taken to protect children from the barbecue, 3) Barbecue must be at least 10 feet from any part of any building while it is hot (never to be used on any patio/balcony), 4) Barbecue should be kept overnight and returned the following morning to allow ample time for cool‑down and cleaning, 5) Return the barbecue to your Resident Assistant in clean condition. Wipe down outside and inside, use wire brush to clean the grill. Remove coals after they have cooled completely and discard by placing them in a plastic bag with a tie and then dumping them in the garbage containers.

Candles

Misuse of candles has caused fires in campus buildings; therefore, candles are not permitted except for birthday cakes. Use of candles for religious ceremonies or other special circumstances is subject to approval by the University Fire Marshal on a case‑by‑case basis.

Combustible Liquids

Flammable or combustible liquids may not be stored in apartments. Exception: a single one‑pint can of barbecue starter fluid may be stored inside each apartment.

Exits & Entrances

Nothing may be stored in front of the main door to an apartment, or on or under any stairs or stairway landing. Blocked gates are the major cause of fire violations and can lead to non‑renewal or termination of the lease. Balcony gates must be operable, open at least 24 inches in each direction, and be marked “Fire Exit. Keep Clear.” Frequent violations include child safety gates at stairs, plants on stairway landings, and motorcycles & barbecues stored beneath stairs. The campus fire department may require removal of items believed to be hazardous, such as electrical appliances and cords.

Fire

Reporting a Fire [911]
  1. Pull nearest fire alarm, then dial 911 (from a phone outside of the building) and give building name and apartment number.
  2. Evacuate the building immediately when the fire alarm sounds.
  3. Give assistance to any persons with disabilities.
  4. Do not return to the building until a firefighter gives the “all clear.”
When an alarm rings in your apartment…
  1. Quickly check to see what caused it to ring. If steam or cooking smoke caused it, moving the air below the alarm will dissipate the particles and turn off the alarm. (Be careful not to touch the alarm unit!)
  2. If you do not know why the alarm is ringing, dial 911 immediately and describe the emergency.
  3. If the fire is small, have a second person attempt to control it, using a fire extinguisher. These are mounted outside each building stairway area.
  4. Evacuate all persons and pets from the apartment, unless you are certain the alarm was triggered by a false condition. As you leave, turn off lights and appliances. Remember to close all doors and windows to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke damage. Unlock your front door.
When an alarm rings in another apartment…
  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Evacuating your apartment is required in case of trouble. As you leave, turn off all appliances and lights. Unlock your front door. University personnel will let you know when it is safe to reenter.

Earthquakes

Before an Earthquake:
  • Plan your evacuation routes
  • Examine your apartment and ask yourself what will happen to various items and furniture during a quake.
  • Learn the location of the closest safe places in your apartment where you can go and wait out the shaking.
  • Learn basic first aid procedures.
  • Prepare an emergency disaster kit: Portable radio/extra batteries Flashlight/extra batteries First aid kit Blanket Bottled water/canned food Extra clothing/jacket
  • Prepare to be without services for a minimum of 3‑5 days
During an Earthquake:
  • Do not rush outdoors — most injuries occur from falling debris and electrical lines as people are leaving buildings. Stay put!
  • Sit or stand against an inside wall or take cover under a table or bench in case of falling wall, ceilings, or loose objects.
  • Stay away from all glass surfaces e.g. windows & mirrors.
  • Do not restrain falling objects unless they pose a danger.
  • If you are outdoors, remain there and move into the open. Do not stand near buildings — move away from all structures.
After an Earthquake:
  • Remember, aftershocks may occur at any moment with nearly the same force as the original quake. Be prepared.
  • Move cautiously and observe surroundings for hazards.
  • Provide first aid where necessary.
  • Seek help by phone or by sending an able‑bodied person to the nearest emergency station. Expect a long delay if a serious quake has occurred.
  • If you detect gas or any foreign odors, do not use any matches or candles. Open windows, shut off power, leave the building immediately, and report to authorities.
  • If you are qualified, inspect water, gas, and electrical lines for leaking or damage. If damage is observed or suspected, shut off that utility at the main valve or switch.
  • If you are in a building with an elevator, do not use it, even if the power is on.