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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 67 N Puzzles, page 68 Al so on lin E M 62 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Home Front BONSAI CARE ... Jerry Carpenter will teach a class on “Bonsai Care and Maintenance” on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Carpenter will use trees from the Filoli collection to demonstrate design, styling and wiring techniques. Students may also bring their own trees for use during class. Fee is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or BIOINTENSIVE INTRO ... Ed and Natasha Fernandez, both in their second year of GROW BIOINTENSIVE study, will teach a pair of classes on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Ed will offer “Introduction to Grow Biointensive” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ( and Natasha will teach “Composting” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (www. Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or TREATS FROM ASIA ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a cooking class called “Pacific Rim Made Easy,” featuring beerbattered vegetable tempura, hot and sour halibut, marinated grilled lemon-grass chicken and more on Monday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. COLORFUL AZALEAS ... Mike Stewart of Dover Nursery will talk about a recent trip through the Great Smokies to see “American Azalea Species” on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The De Anza Chapter, American Rhododendron Society meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars. com or azaleas/. FABMO GIVEAWAY ... FabMo will be giving away fabrics and more on Friday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FabMo Creativity Center, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain (continued on page 52) Photoelectric smoke detectors, like this one created by Gentex, left, have shown to be more effective than ionization alarms in detecting smoldering fires. Above, Frank “Mo” Miranda, fire systems supervisor at Stanford University, demonstrates how a photoelectric smoke alarm is installed in a ceiling at the Environmental Safety Facility. by Georgia Wells photographs by Veronica Weber Better safe than sorry 10 STEPS TO A SAFER HOME H ow safe is your home? Are your stairs a danger? Did you know that not all smoke alarms are equal? Dozens of emergency calls could be avoided each year with a couple of quick fixes around the home: 1. Install a photoelectric smoke alarm. Photoelectric smoke alarms cost only $5 more than ionization alarms, which tend to detect only half of all smoldering fires, Palo Alto Fire Marshall Gordon Simpkinson said. Smoldering fires produce bigger particles than most fires, and ionization alarms can only detect smaller particles. Photoelectric alarms can detect a greater range of particles, and can tell when there’s enough smoke to be a serious fire. They are already the most common type of alarm in China and Europe, and four U.S. states have ordinances that require them. 2. Install carbon-monoxide alarms. The toxic compound carbon monoxide, produced from incomplete combustion in water heaters and furnaces, is colorless and odorless, and can kill with little warning. City requirements effective Jan. 1, 2011, will mandate carbon-monoxide alarms in all houses sold or rented. 3. Install ground fault interruption (GFI) outlets anywhere near water — such as in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry Skids on slippery steps can be prevented by installing decorative rubber mats (nailed down), as well as sandpapery, nonskid strips. (continued on page 51) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ-i«Ìi“LiÀÊ£Ç]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 49

Palo Alto Weekly 09.17.2010 - Section 2

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