Thank you for asking! Mostly it comes down to using common sense.
Here are some easy things you can do to help prevent fires:
Install smoke alarms and check them regularly.
Have a fire extinguisher available – at least one per floor.
Avoid overloading power points.
Switch off appliances when not in use.
Check electrical equipment for frayed cords.
Keep kids away from matches and lighters.
Inspect central heating and air-conditioning units annually.
Check that windows open easily and keep paths clear.
Protect youngsters by covering outlets with safety covers.
Place a screen in front of open fires.
Clean your chimney or flue once a year.
Keep portal heaters away from curtains.
Ensure electrical equipment has enough air circulation.
Never candles or incense burners unattended.
Exercise caution when cooking. Most fires start in the kitchen.
Always have a fire extinguisher available.
Make an escape plan.
Never leave cooking unattended.
Be aware of clothing – no loose sleeves.
Avoid using sprays or liquid cleaners near hot surfaces.
Never run electrical wires under rugs.
Ensure lamps and nightlights do not touch bedspreads, drapes, or other fabrics.
Use caution when using electric blankets.
Store flammable liquids safely.
Never let kids use appliances without supervision.
Clean rain gutters regularly.
What kind of fire extinguisher is best for home use?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is recommended for home use. The rating on the label should be at least 2A10BC. This type of extinguisher can be used on fires that commonly occur at home. (It’s often be labeled A-B-C.) We recommend installing extinguishers in your kitchen and in the garage, so they are easily accessible in an emergency.
I’ve never handled an extinguisher before. How should I use it?
Use the PASS technique:
Pull the pin. It’s in place to prevent accidental discharge.
Aim at the base of the fire. This is the where the fuel is.
Squeeze the lever. Release to stop.
Sweep from side to side until all flames are extinguished. Watch for any re-igniting and repeat as necessary.
Always call the Fire Department in the event of a fire — even if you think you have extinguished it successfully.
Are all Firefighters required to be a Paramedic?
No. All Firefighters are trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician I. Our Firefighters are also trained in the use of automatic emergency defibrillators. The Paramedic position is a special assignment. Firefighters interested in serving as a Paramedic participate in an internal selection process.
What is the best kind of fire extinguisher for my home?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A10BC on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home and will often be labeled A-B-C. It is recommended that an extinguisher be installed in the kitchen and in the garage.
What rating fire extinguisher is required for a business?
Extinguishers are required at a place of business based on the type of potential hazard that exists. The minimum rating for an office with normal combustibles is: 2A: 10B:C and is usually a five-pound dry chemical type fire extinguisher.
Do Paramedics also fight fire?
Yes, paramedics perform dual functions of emergency medical service and fire suppression operations.
When should I replace a fire extinguisher?
Disposable fire extinguishers cannot be recharged. Plan on replacing them every 10 years. Rechargeable fire extinguishers should be disposed of and replaced if they show any of the following:
Missing inspection tag
Broken or missing pin
Broken or loose handle
Damage to the exterior shell
Fails hydrostatic testing
How many Firefighters are on duty?
A team of 14 Firefighters remains on duty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Firefighter units are staffed at two stations in the City of El Segundo. There is one fire engine, one Paramedic unit and one Battalion Chief at Fire Station 1 and one fire engine, one fire truck and one Paramedic unit at Fire Station 2.
What do I do with my old fire extinguisher?
If the pressure gauge needle is in the green, practice using the fire extinguisher in an open area.
Remember the PASSword:
Pull the pin Aim at the base of the fire Squeeze the handle Sweep the nozzle
Once you are done, sweep up the fire extinguishing chemical powder and put it in the trash. It is not hazardous for trash collection. If the pressure gauge needle is in the red, squeeze the handle in an open area until no gas comes out, then place in the trash.
What should I do with an expired fire extinguisher?
If the pressure gauge needle is in the green, you can use your old fire extinguisher in an open area to practice your technique.
Remember the PASSword:
Pull the pin Aim at the base of the fire Squeeze the handle Sweep the nozzle
Empty the fire extinguisher before recycling it.
If the pressure gauge needle is in the red, squeeze the handle in an open area until no pressure remains inside
Sweep up the fire extinguishing chemical powder and put it in the trash (the powder is not hazardous for trash collection)
Fire extinguishers are accepted at the City of Los Angeles' five permanent collection centers (including Playa del Rey).
The Center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Hyperion Treatment Plant, 7660 West Imperial Hwy., Gate B, Playa del Rey
How many smoke detectors do I need at home? Where do I install them?
You should have at least one smoke detector in each bedroom or sleeping area, the hallway, and at the top of all stairways.
Because smoke rises, the best place to install a detector is on the ceiling, or high on an inside wall approximately 6-8 inches below the ceiling
Do not install a smoke detector within three feet of any device — such as ceiling fan or air conditioner — that might blow smoke away
Avoid bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas that generate steam, which sometimes can activate smoke detectors and cause a false alarm
How many smoke detectors do I need in my home to provide adequate protection for my family and where do I install them?
You should have at least one smoke detector in each bedroom, the hallway and at the top of all stairways. Smoke rises, so the best place to install a detector is on the ceiling or high on an inside wall approximately six to eight inches below the ceiling. Do not install a smoke detector within three feet of any device that might blow the smoke away. Avoid bathrooms, kitchens or other areas that generate steam that can sometimes activate smoke detectors and cause a false alarm.
What projects require a building permit?
You will need a building permit from the Building Safety Division any time a building or structure is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. We recommend that you call us at 310-524-2380 to verify permit requirements.
How much does a Recreation I.D. Card Cost?
Recreation I.D. Card Fees:
Infants (ages 0-3): $5.00
Children (ages 17 and under): $10.00
Adults (ages 18 - 61): $15.00
Senior Citizens (62 years and older): $5.00
What type of smoke detector should I buy?
A battery-operated smoke detector available at hardware or home stores is sufficient. Be sure to test the batteries monthly and change them once a year.
Will I need additional permits?
It depends on the job you are doing. Separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits may be required even if exempted from a building permit. Sign permits and grading permits may also be required for certain projects and zoning approval may also be required.
Do I need to submit drawings to get a permit?
Yes. In most cases you will need to submit drawings of your project. If you’re not sure if your project requires you to submit drawings, please email us or call 310-524-2380 for information.
Drawings are usually required for:
Complex projects where more information is needed
How do I know if my smoke detector is working properly? How long do batteries last in a smoke detector?
We recommend testing your smoke detector monthly. This is done in two ways and either method should work.
Push the test button.
Blow out a candle and hold the smoke up to the detector.
Batteries can last up to one year. Usually the smoke detector provides an audible signal (a chirp) when the batteries become weak.
El Segundo registered voters vote on the first Tuesday, after the first Monday, in March of even numbered years. The next election will be on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. As a reminder, the voting date has changed and now aligns and consolidates with the statewide California general election, per a change in the statewide elections code. The latest 2020 election information can be found here.
Please contact the City Clerk's Office at 310-524-2307 or email with any questions or additional information you may need.
How can I get a Library card?
Library cards are issued free to California residents. For more details or to apply, please go to Get a Library Card.
How do I get a tour of the fire station?
Tours for groups or individuals may be set up by calling the Administration Office at 310-524-2234 or the on-duty Battalion Chief at 310-524-2228, during regular business hours (7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday). Every effort will be made to accommodate your date and time request. Individuals can stop by the fire station and request a tour. Any available Firefighter will be happy to take you around.
How do I get my plans checked?
The Building and Safety Department offers three options for a plan check:
Depending on the situation, Police, Fire or Police and Fire may be dispatched. Police are dispatched to situations involving robbery, assault, public nuisance, domestic disputes and traffic collisions. Fire is dispatched to medical emergencies, fires-actual or suspected, hazardous materials spills or releases and traffic collisions, if injuries are suspected. Fire and Police may respond together for hazardous materials incidents and traffic accidents.
The City of El Segundo is divided into two districts for fire response with Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) as the dividing line.
Station 1 handles calls west of PCH
Station 2 handles calls east of PCH
Depending on the nature or size of the alarm, units may cross over into the other district and coordinate resources to assist. When an alarm to any address with serious consequences to life or property exists, all units in the city will respond.
How often should a fire alarm system be tested?
Fire alarm systems in commercial properties and apartment buildings require annual testing by an approved and licensed company.
What are the Firefighters schedules like? Do the Firefighters spend the night at the fire station?
El Segundo firefighters work rotating shifts. We’re on-duty for 48 hours, then off for 96 hours. This type of schedule requires us to stay at the Fire Station and be ready to respond at any time during our shift. A call might come in at any time, and we’re often woken during the night to respond. Additionally, 24-hour shifts are the most cost-effective method of providing the community with emergency medical services and fire suppression.
What happens when someone dials 9-1-1?
When you dial 9-1-1 you will speak with a dispatcher. The dispatcher will determine what apparatus and personnel need to be dispatched to handle your specific emergency.
Where do I get more information about voting and elections?
You can register to vote and find election information quickly and easily on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website. Voter registration forms are also available at the El Segundo City Clerk's Office, U.S. post office, El Segundo Public Library and El Segundo Chamber of Commerce. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk site also provides information about how to Vote-by-Mail, resources about the new system "Voting Solutions for All People" (VSAP) and details about the new voting time frame and process.
Can I have plans reviewed over the counter?
Yes. Counter Plan Checks for minor projects can be done on a walk-in basis. Certified Plan Examiners will review your review plans for compliance with City codes and ordinances. Building and Safety Staff are available at City Hall on a walk-in basis from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
How can I get my blood pressure checked?
Free blood pressure checks are offered at Fire Station #1 during regular business hours and once a month, on the third Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Potluck held at the Joslyn Center.
How can I renew library materials?
You can renew online by going to My Account or by phone at 310-524-2722.
How do I get information regarding class registration and drama productions?
Visit the CivicRec website or contact the George E. Gordon Clubhouse at 310-524-2362.
How does the daily operation of the Fire Department function?
The functions are divided into two primary areas, emergency and non-emergency. Emergency operations consist of fire alarms, medical calls, hazardous materials incidents, natural disasters, and automatic and mutual aid responses. Non-emergency operations consist of fire prevention, training, maintenance and public education activities.
How is response to emergencies determined?
Depending on the emergency situation, Police, Fire or Police and Fire will be dispatched. Police are dispatched to situations involving robbery, assault, public nuisance, domestic disputes, and traffic collisions. Fire is dispatched to medical emergencies, fires whether actual or suspected, hazardous materials spills or releases and traffic collisions, if injuries are suspected. Fire and Police can both respond to hazardous materials incidents and traffic accidents.
The City is divided into two districts for fire response, with Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) as the dividing line. Station 1 handles calls west of PCH and Station 2 handles calls east of PCH. Depending on the nature or size of the alarm, units will cross over into the other district to assist. When an alarm to any address with serious consequences to life or property exists, all units within the City will respond.
How often should my sprinkler or standpipe system be tested?
Sprinkler and standpipe systems must be tested annually and receive a yearly maintenance inspection. Additionally, a licensed contractor must inspect and test these systems every five years. Contractors must call 310-524-2234 to schedule an El Segundo Fire Department inspector to witness the five-year testing and arrange payment fee.
What about a major emergency?
El Segundo participates in Mutual or Automatic Aid Agreements with our surrounding cities (Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.)
In the event of an emergency or major emergency, we can call on neighboring agencies for assistance. If we need additional resources, we can receive them from within the county, from other counties, within the state and outside the state depending on our needs. The mutual aid system can provide us with all the resources we need to handle any emergency.
I have some old paint, paint thinner, oil and rags in my garage. What should I do with them?
The Fire Department cannot pick up household hazardous materials or store them at the fire station. Household hazardous materials must be disposed of by taking them to a local countywide roundup location. For information and a schedule of upcoming dates and sites visit the L.A. County Department of Public Works Hazardous Waste website.
What do you do when you’re not fighting fires?
We train, maintain, educate and prepare. Fire suppression is only part of a Firefighter's duties. First, we’re responsible for the care and upkeep of the equipment, tools, and technology used in fighting fires. Our gear is always kept in top condition and ready for any type of incident.
Maintenance of equipment is vitally important to the fire service. Our equipment and quarters are maintained to the highest standards. This not only assures us of proper operating conditions, but also helps us maintain readiness.
Our skills need to be practiced regularly to maintain a high level of preparedness and effectiveness. We participate in ongoing training sessions for an average of two hours per day to sharpen our skills with all aspects of firefighting techniques.
We are constantly trained in new methods of various types of emergency preparedness, including an annual training program to keep up with changes in procedures and equipment.
Firefighters also conduct annual inspections of all businesses within the City to ensure they meet standards for safety. Additionally, we reach out to the community to provide public education about fire safety.
What type of extension cord or power strip can I use?
A UL-listed, relocateable power strip is the only allowable extension cord device that may be used either in a business or residence. Please note that power strips are not designed for high-power loads such as space heaters, refrigerators and microwave ovens, that can easily exceed the recommended ampere ratings on many power strips.
Who are the City of El Segundo's elected officials?
Our elected officials include all members of City Council, the City Clerk and the City Treasurer.
Can I submit plans for a plan check prior to receiving other City approvals (AUP, CUP, Precise Plan, etc.)?
You may submit plans for a plan check. However, construction plans cannot be approved if certain other required approvals are not obtained first. Applicants who wish to submit plans before they receive other required approvals will be required to state in a letter they clearly understand these terms.
How do I get in contact with the City Council?
Messages for members of the City Council can be left with the City Manager’s Office or by contacting members directly. City Council contact information is available here.
How do I get information regarding Adult Sports or reserving a field?
You can place holds on checked-out library items. Use the online library catalog and click on the "Request" button, or call the Teen/Adult Services Desk at 310-524-2728 for teen or adult materials or the Youth Services Desk at 310-524-2726 for children's materials.
Is it OK to burn trash, clippings or leaves outdoors?
No. The City of El Segundo does not permit the outdoor burning of trash, rubbish, grass or leaves under any circumstances. Residents or businesses my face fines for illegal burns.
What is Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)?
Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) is a set of specialized rescue techniques for unusual rescue challenges and disaster responses, such as earthquakes and building collapses. Training consists of high angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench shoring and rescue and building collapse shoring and rescue. It’s especially important for our City because we live in a seismically active region.
What size address is required on a business or residence?
Address numbers must be a minimum of 4-inches in height for residential buildings, 6-inches for commercial and retail buildings and 12-inches in height for industrial buildings. The address must be posted on the alley side of the building. The address numbers must be visible from the street and/or alley and need to be a contrasting color to the building.
Who cooks the meals at the station?
Firefighters take turns doing the cooking.
Can I use my LA County Library or LA Public Library card?
No, the El Segundo Public Library is separate from the LA County and LA Public library systems. Please see Get a Library Card for details about how to get an El Segundo Public Library card.
How can my children get involved in a youth sports league?
Plan checks can usually be expedited for review by the City's Plan Check Consultant for an additional fee. Normal plan check fees also apply. Check with us for details by calling 310-524-2380.
What does the City Council do?
The City Council establishes policies and responds to the needs and concerns of constituents:
Roles and responsibilities:
Review, approve and adopt an annual budget that establishes City services and service levels
Establish tax rates, license fees, assessments, franchises and other forms of revenue as defined by Government Code
Oversee development of the City by adopting a General Plan and supporting the Zoning Code
Authorize contracts and leases and manage the disposition of City real and personal property
What kind of medical services does the Fire Department have?
The El Segundo Fire Department is equipped and ready to respond to any medical emergency.
Two paramedic rescue ambulances are on duty 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
All Firefighters are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician level (EMT-1) and 15 Firefighters are trained Paramedics.
ESFD has two state-of-the-art ambulances with updated equipment.
Our ambulances are staffed with two Paramedics on each and have full transportation capability.
Each fire engine and the fire truck have Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.s) on board in addition to the Paramedics full-function defibrillators.
What’s involved in a plan check for fire prevention?
Contractors submit building plans to the City. We then use fire protection codes and regulations to check the plans to ensure the safety of the people who will occupy the building or area.
We look for things such as how people in the building can exit safely and easily without being locked in or confused about how to get out. We also check for certain protection systems built into the structure such as fire sprinklers and suppression systems that will work properly when needed.
When and where does the City Council meet?
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the City Hall Council Chamber, located at 350 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Open session begins at 6:00 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.
The following City Council meeting have been cancelled: April 7, 2020, July 7, 2020, July 21, 2020 and August 4, 2020.
Who cleans the station?
Each firefighter has an assigned cleaning area.
Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
Yes. Any changes to the approved set of plans must be submitted and approved by the appropriate Department(s) and/or other Agencies before construction changes are implemented. You must adhere to the approved plan.
Do I need to live in El Segundo to get an El Segundo Public Library card?
No, you can get an El Segundo Public Library card if you live in California. Please see Get a Library Card for details.
Information about all El Segundo swimming pools available here.
Where can I see City Council agendas and minutes?
Most recent agendas and minutes are available here. Agendas and minutes more than 12 months old can be accessed via the City's online archival database. Opt in to receive upcoming City Council agendas via email.
Why does a fire engine respond with an ambulance?
An engine or fire truck is dispatched with the Rescue Ambulance whenever it appears that additional assistance is needed. Paramedics work as a two-person team and will have their hands full with any emergency call.
Our Firefighters are also trained as Paramedics and if necessary, can provide care before the ambulance arrives. The engine company personnel are part of that team and assist in setting up equipment, loading patients, and all phases of emergency medical duties.
Can I tour the fire station with my family or my class?
Yes. We welcome visitors and would be happy to show you around the station. To arrange an individual or group tour, please fill out the Fire Station visit request form.
How can I address a concern at a City Council meeting?
Anyone who wishes to speak on a matter of City interest is invited to attend a City Council meeting and speak during the Public Communications portion of the meeting.
Please follow these steps to place your item on the agenda:
Make sure to include a brief description of the business you wish to discuss at the meeting
The use of visual aids — such as video not exceeding five minutes — may be permitted, provided your request is submitted to the City Clerk two (2) working days prior to the meeting
Is there a limit of how many items I can check out?
You can have up to 50 items checked out at a time on each account. Items can be any combination of books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Some cities allow work without a permit until the first inspection is required. Does El Segundo allow this?
No. Permits are required before any work can be done. Information can be found here.
What do you look for during a fire inspection?
We look for any potential hazards and verify that the fire codes and regulations are being followed. To ensure life safety on new construction, we make sure that the plans that were presented and approved have been properly followed and that all installations are done correctly.
With an annual inspection, we look for any potential safety hazards that can be abated before they become a problem. If we identify a hazard, or an area of concern, we’ll do our best to communicate that it’s in everyone's best interest to make the area as safe as possible. Our objectives are ensuring safety, code compliance and mutual cooperation.
What form of government do we have in El Segundo?
The City of El Segundo is a general law city with a City Council/City Manager form of government. There are seven elected offices; five Council Members, one Treasurer and one City Clerk. All offices in general law cities are non-partisan.
Why do so many firefighters come to do the annual inspections?
Engine and truck companies need to stay together in case they need to respond to an emergency. It permits them to respond faster when all company members are already together.
Why do so many firefighters respond to a medical emergency?
A rescue ambulance with two Firefighter/Paramedics and an engine with three Firefighters are dispatched for most medical emergencies.
The additional staffing is often needed for moving a patient, providing CPR compressions and/or ventilation, controlling the scene, assisting with multiple victims, collecting information, such as medical history or allergies, or to stabilize a scene, control a vehicle, or provide safety to patients and Firefighters.
All our Firefighters are EMT-1 trained. If the Firefighters arrive on the scene prior to the Paramedics, they can begin basic life support. With backup from the Firefighters, Paramedics can concentrate fully on the victim or victims, from administering IVs or medicines, defibrillating and establishing airways, to communicating with the base-station hospital for treatment orders.
Do you monitor the refinery? What about other chemical operations?
The refinery and other chemical operations are closely monitored by the City's Environmental Safety Division to maintain Federal, State and local compliance.
How can I apply to serve on a Committee, Commission or Board?
Anyone interested in serving on any of the City's Commissions, Boards or Committees (CCBs) can find detailed information about each CCB, open opportunities and additional details here.
How can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
Certificates of Occupancy cannot be issued until all permits have received final inspection approval and all City Departments have signed off on their areas of responsibility. Complete a Certificate of Occupancy here.
How do I bring up a subject before a Council meeting?
Anyone who wishes to speak on a matter of City interest is invited to attend any Council meeting and speak during the Public Communications portion of the meeting. Items to be part of the agenda must be received by 2:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the next Council meeting.
How do I replace a lost or stolen library card
We can replace a lost or stolen library card at the Customer Service Desk for a $3 fee. Please be sure to bring your valid picture ID to get your new card.
A $67.00 deposit is required for residential renters. Commercial renters are required to pay a $258.00 deposit. Applicable fees will be added to the first water bill you receive.
What does the Fire Department have to offer to local businesses?
The Fire Department provides local businesses with both fire and medical emergency response, assistance with pre-fire planning and evacuation planning, office safety and fire extinguisher training for employees, emergency preparedness planning, and annual fire inspections. For environmental programs the Department is able to provide guidance on how to comply with various requirements through consultation or guidance documents. Inspections are conducted on a routine basis and are intended to reduce environmental hazards through education and engineering. The personnel are familiar with each operation and can suggest rational and economical solutions toward compliance.
What types of plans can be reviewed over-the-counter?
We can help you with over-the-counter plan checks for most projects, including:
Architectural Tenant Improvement
B Occupancy plans with remodels up to 10,000 sq. ft. in total construction area
A-3 occupancy plans with remodels up to 3,000 square feet
F and H occupancy tenant improvement plans must be submitted for plan review and may not be reviewed over-the-counter
Gates that obstruct a fire department access road/lane
Fire Alarm Systems
Plans are limited to the addition and/or relocation of five initiating devices and the addition and/or relocation of notification appliances for tenant improvement work up to 5,000 sq. ft.
Any new fire alarm control panels and/or power supplies must be submitted for plan review and may not be reviewed over-the-counter.
Fire Sprinkler Water Flow Monitoring
Plans are limited to water flow monitoring only, to include a fire alarm control panel, one remote annunciator panel, one manual pull station, one smoke detector, one water flow device, two supervisory devices and one horn/strobe.
Fire Sprinkler Tenant Improvement
Plans are limited to addition or relocation of up to 10 new and/or 50 relocated fire sprinkler heads due to tenant improvement work.
Emergency Repairs to Private Fire Main Systems
Plans are limited to a repair of an existing underground private fire service main that is placed out of service due to a break.
Can I be transported to the hospital of my choice?
Depending upon the nature and seriousness of your injury or illness, emergency department saturation status, if the other facilities will accept you, we may transport you to a local hospital of your choice (within reason).
Can I burn something outdoors?
The City of El Segundo does not permit the burning of trash, rubbish, grass, or leaves.
Can I make copies at the Library?
Yes. You can make copies at the public copier/scanner located near the main floor Teen/Adult Services Desk. Black and white copies cost $0.20 per page and color copies are $1.00 per page. You can also make copies directly from your mobile device. Call Teen/Adult Services at 310-524-2728 for more information.
How can I request an inspection?
Please call our 24-hour inspection line at 310-524-2379 or request online at least one working day prior to the desired inspection date. We do not do same-day inspections. If you need to cancel an inspection, please call Building and Safety staff at 310-524-2380 to confirm your cancellation.
What is involved in plan check for fire prevention?
Contractors submit building plans to the City. We use fire protection codes and regulations to check the plans to ensure the safety of the people who will occupy the building or area. We look for things such as how people in the building can get out easily and safely without being locked in or confused. We also have certain protection systems built into the structure such as fire sprinklers and suppression systems that will work properly when they are needed.
What services does the Fire Department offer local businesses?
We’re here to serve and ready to assist your business with:
Emergency fire and medical response
Assistance with pre-fire planning
Office safety and fire extinguisher training for employees
Emergency preparedness planning
Annual fire and safety inspections
We also provide guidance on environmental programs to help you comply with various requirements through consultation or guidance documents. Inspections are conducted on a routine basis to reduce environmental hazards through education and engineering. Our personnel are familiar with each operation and can suggest rational and economical solutions to assist you with compliance.
When is my water bill due?
El Segundo residents receive bi-monthly water bills. Most businesses receive monthly water bills. The water is billed in arrears for the past months. Once the bill is generated and mailed, it becomes due within 21 days of the billing date.
Where can I get information about CPR and First Aid classes?
Who is on the City's Committees, Commissions and Boards?
Members of El Segundo's Committees, Commissions and Boards may be accessed here.
Are you interested in becoming a Firefighter?
If you are prepared for the challenges, serving your community as a firefighter is a rewarding occupation. Fire departments often have a need to fill civilian positions in addition to the demand for trained uniformed personnel. Voluntary reserve or auxiliary firefighter programs are a great place to begin.
Can you take me to the hospital I choose?
The first considerations are your safety and how urgently you need care. Depending upon your injury or illness — and if other facilities will accept you — we may transport you to a local hospital of your choice.
For persons wishing to file a claim against the City, a Claim Form must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. The City is prohibited from providing you with legal advice. Claim forms are available online or the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 350 Main Street. Completed forms are submitted at the City Clerk's Office.
How do I obtain sandbags to protect my residence/business from flooding?
Sandbags are provided for businesses and residents of the City by calling 310-524-2709 and are available at the City Maintenance Facility, located at 150 Illinois Street. This office is open Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pay by check using U.S. Mail. Send your payment to:
City of El Segundo Water Payments
PO Box 101426
Pasadena, CA 91189-1426
Pay in person at City Hall. See the Cashier at the Business License/Public Works Counter or use the drop-box located at the main entrance.
Sign up for easy Automatic payments online. Download the Automatic Payment Form and follow the instructions. Save time & money and never pay a late charge. Funds are automatically drawn from your bank account when the bill becomes due.
How do you encourage fire prevention?
We use a variety of ways to engage the community about fire prevention steps everyone can take to stay safe. We go to schools, community centers, and businesses to provide public education about fire safety and make a number of fire prevention publications available to the public.
Look for our information booths at special events around town, where you will find informative free resources and giveaways.
We’d also like to invite you to stop by our annual Open House. Be sure to meet Sparky, our Dalmatian dog. Sparky helps at community functions and at schools where we teach how to "stop, drop and roll" and "learn not to burn" and is an important member of the firefighting team.
What are the construction hours in El Segundo?
Based on construction noise regulations, all interior or exterior construction or demolition must be performed within permitted hours:
Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
No work is permitted on Sundays or national holidays.
In general, no one can work outside of these hours.
In some circumstances, exceptions may apply.
To report a non-allowable working hours noise compliant, please call the El Segundo Police Department at 310-524-2200.
What does it cost to swim at the City Plunge?
For recreational and lap swim, there is no charge to residents with a current Recreation I.D. Card. For non-residents and residents without a Recreation I.D. Card the price is $5.00 per swim.
What if I don’t make a payment after the 10-day past due notice?
If you do not make a payment or contact us within 10 days of the past due notice, a $28.00 "red tag fee" will be added to your past due balance and a “red tag” will be posted on your door. The red tag is a notification that your water service will be shut off until you make a payment or contact us for a payment arrangement. You have 48 hours to resolve the amount due on the red tag notice. An unresolved red tag will result in a shut off of your water service and a $100.00 shut off fee will be added to your account. All fees must be paid to resume water service.
Who are the City Council-appointed officials?
The City Council appoints two officials, the City Manager and the City Attorney. The City Manager's office implements the policies established by the City Council. The City Attorney oversees legal matters for the City and acts as general counsel.
Currently serving the City of El Segundo:
City Manager Scott Mitnick
City Attorney Mark D. Hensley
Can local artists, groups and businesses display their work at the Library?
Yes. Artists, groups and business organizations are welcome to apply to display their collections, crafts and/or artwork in the Library. Request an art display or call Teen/Adult Services at 310-524-2728 for more details.
Does El Segundo offer a Firefighter Reserve/Auxiliary Firefighter program?
While El Segundo does not have a reserve/auxiliary program, other local departments have reserve/auxiliary programs where valuable job training in the fire service is available.
Since each fire department has its own, specific requirements, you will need to contact the department you are interested in for further information.
Does the Fire Department charge a fee to respond to an emergency?
No fee is charged for the Fire Department to respond to an emergency.
The only fees charged are for ambulance transportation to a hospital in an emergency. The cost of emergency ambulance transportation to a hospital may be recovered from the patient’s insurance provider, the patient, or both. See transport billing for more information.
How can I find out what recreation programs are offered by the City?
For the latest classes, programs and services offered by Recreation & Parks, please click here.
If I suspect a poison was swallowed, what phone number should I call?
Call 911 first. You may also call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-876-4766.
What are counter review times?
The Fire Prevention Division is normally available for counter plan review, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Building & Safety. Call 310-524-2395 to confirm availability or sign up for Counter Review updates. You may also see our Plan Check Review schedule for dates and times.
What are the requirements for address numbers?
Address numbers must be posted on the alley side of the building and visible from the street or alley. Address numbers must be a contrasting color to the building.
The minimum size requirements are:
Four inches in height for residential buildings
Six inches in height for commercial and retail buildings
12 inches in height for industrial buildings
What does the Fire Department do to let people know how to stop fires from occurring?
The El Segundo Fire Department uses a variety of ways to educate the public about fires. We utilize information booths at community events, hold a yearly open house at the Fire Station and issue fire safety publications for the public. We have "Sparky," our Dalmatian dog, that helps us at events and schools to teach "stop, drop and roll" and "learn not to burn." We also promote smoke detector usage in the home.
What happens if my water payment is late?
There is a 21-day requirement for payments. After 21 days, a past due (late notice) is generated and mailed or emailed. At this time, your account is considered delinquent and a $13.00 late fee will be assessed on the bill. The City will disconnect your water service if your account has been delinquent for 60 or more days. At least 10 days before disconnection, the City will post written notice and assess a $29.00 "red tag fee." If your service is disconnected, a $68.00 disconnection fee is applied. An additional $68.00 re-connection fee will be applied if service is to be resumed. If you are unable to pay your bill, please call us at 310-524-2319 as soon as possible to explore different options to prevent disconnection.
What should I do in case of a chemical release?
We may recommend "sheltering-in-place" by going indoors and tightly shutting all windows and doors. Air conditioners and heaters must be shut down to prevent entry of harmful chemicals.
By subscribing to our free emergency alerts you can receive timely updates advising you of the hazardous condition and when it is safe to go outdoors again. Sign up now.
What types of plan reviews does the Building and Safety Department offer?
We’ll review plans for any of the projects listed below. (Please contact the Building Safety Division at 310-524-2380 if you have questions.)
Where do I go to file a claim that is not against the City?
You can file a claim at the Los Angeles County Courthouse/Inglewood Courthouse, located at One Regent Street, Inglewood, CA 90301 (two blocks north of Manchester Boulevard and one block west of La Brea Boulevard.) The courthouse is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; the Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, except court holidays.
Does the Library offer scanning, fax or test proctoring services?
We offer free public scanning to email, USB or various cloud storage providers. We do not offer fax or test proctoring services but we can help you locate local businesses or organizations that do. Please call Teen/Adult Services at 310-524-2728 for more information.
How do I get a Recreation ID?
El Segundo Residents with valid Rec ID Cards receive a 20% discount on all recreation activities and 50% discount on all facility rentals. Parents registering a minor must also have a current Recreation ID Card for discounts. Recreation ID Cards can be purchased at the Checkout Building, Clubhouse, Joslyn Center and Aquatics Facilities. Rec ID purchase requires proof of residency. Business addresses in El Segundo are not eligible for Recreation ID Cards. The following are acceptable proofs of residency:
Driver’s License / California ID Card with a valid El Segundo address OR two utility bills from a residence within El Segundo with your name and address clearly listed on them. (P.O. Boxes are not accepted as a form of residency.)
Recreation ID Card fees are subject to change at any time. A replacement fee of $3.00 will be charged for lost or stolen cards.
Please renew your Recreation ID prior to payment in order to receive the 20% discount. If you register for programs without a current Rec ID, you will be charged the non-resident rate. If you are a resident and you are charged a non-resident rate because you did not have a current Rec ID, we will not give credit or reimbursement. All resident discounts are applied at the time of purchase.
How do I get water service restored?
If your service is shut off due to nonpayment, payment must be made in person at City Hall:
Payments made between 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: service will be reconnected within four hours (Monday – Friday)*
Payments after 3:00 p.m.: service will be reconnected at 7:00 a.m. the next morning (Monday – Friday)*
An additional $68.00 re-connection fee will be applied if service is to be resumed
If you choose to make an online payment, your service will only be reconnected once the City can verify the payment was received
We do not recommend online payment after a shut off
What do I need to do to get the tree in front of my house trimmed?
Call our Parks Department at 310-524-2709. They will evaluate the condition of the tree and schedule trimming if necessary.
What does a Council do?
City Council members establish policy for the City. The City Manager and staff are then responsible for implementing the policy. The City Council adopts an annual budget that establishes City services and service levels; establishes tax rates, license fees, assessments, franchises and other forms of revenue as set forth by Government Code; direct the development of the City by adopting a General Plan and supporting the Zoning Code; authorize contracts and leases, and disposes of City real and personal property.
Where can I get sandbags to protect my home or business from flooding?
El Segundo residents and businesses can obtain sandbags at the City Maintenance Facility, located at 150 Illinois Street. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call 310-524-2709 to reserve sandbags.
Where can I read a copy of the International Fire Code?
The International Fire Code is available for review in the Fire Prevention Office at 314 Main Street during our regular office hours, Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where is the Water Billing office located?
Water Billing is part of the Finance Department located at:
Business License/Public Works Counter
350 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245
Which community colleges in our area offer fire science and academy programs?
El Camino Community College offers program degrees and certification in fire and emergency technology. The fire and emergency technology program prepares students for entry-level employment and job upgrades in fire services and emergency medical fields. For information, contact El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance CA 90506. I-800-ELCAMINO.
Are inspections offered on Fridays?
Yes. However there are limited slots available. Inspections are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The cutoff to request an inspection is 11:59 p.m. the night before your requested inspection.
CalARP: Where can I find more information on the RMP?
The California Accidental Release Prevention Program regulations and other Statewide information regarding CalARP are located at the web site of the California Office of Emergency Services. Extensive guidance is available from US EPA's web site and these tools are useful for stationary sources preparing RMPs whether they are subject to the federal rule or not.
Can I have plans reviewed over the counter by the Fire Department?
Yes. The Fire Marshal provides us with a schedule on a month-to month basis with the dates they will be in the office. They are scheduled to be at the Planning and Building Safety Department from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Please contact James Carver, Fire Marshal at 310-524- 2239 to obtain the Fire Department monthly schedule, as it is subject to change.
Can I make a police report over the phone?
No, with one exception. The ESPD will accept a report by telephone for a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of that report.
You may make a police report online. Visit www.elsegundopd.org and search for "File a Report online":
Did we just have an earthquake, power outage, plane crash, etc.?
Power Outage: Southern California Edison: 1(800)-655-4555
Do I need an appointment to speak to a Plan Check Engineer?
Typically, appointments are not necessary. Please visit the Building Safety Counter to speak with a Plan Check Engineer. Should your project be more involved than an over-the- counter consultation, they may advise you to schedule a meeting.
Do we take fingerprints?
The El Segundo Police Department provides Live-Scan fingerprinting services:
No appointment required, based on officer's availibility
Available during business hours 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
You must bring a completed Request for Live-Scan Service form with you
The application form must provide a Miscellaneous Code or Billing Code for processing
Must provide a valid or current government issued identification
No INS fingerprints available
The cost of $36.00 fingerprints rolling fee. ESPD accepts cash, checks made to the City of El Segundo, and credit cards.
Does the city street sweep on rainy days?
Streets will still be cleaned on rainy days unless the amount of rainfall is sufficient enough to clean the streets. Street sweeping parking citations may still be issued during rainy days.
Does the El Segundo Police Department serve court notices?
No, ESPD does not serve court notices. Los Angeles Sheriff Department Court Services does have a service.
Hazardous Waste: How Do I Dispose of HHW Properly?
Pack the items for safe transportation and head over to the City of Los Angeles, Permanent Collection Center. The Center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Hyperion Treatment Plant, 7660 West Imperial Hwy., Gate B, Playa Del Rey. For more information visit the City of Los Angeles, Public Works Department or call (800) 988-6942.
Los Angeles County sponsors HHW Collections Events. A Collection Event is a one -day, drive-through event where residents are invited to drive in to a specific location to drop off their hazardous waste. The El Segundo event is held each November at Raytheon Corporation, Parking Lot “G” Hughes Way off Sepulveda Blvd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information visit the Los Angeles County Public Works Department or call (888) CleanLA.
For Small Businesses:
Some small businesses may qualify to dispose of HHW at a City of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Center. Consult with the El Segundo CUPA to determine if you qualify prior to calling the City of LA Sanitation Dept at (213) 485-2260 to make an appointment for the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
To locate an e-waste recycler visit eRecycle.org
It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground.
Hazardous Waste: How Do I Know if My Business Has Hazardous Waste?
It is the generators responsibility to determine if their waste is a “hazardous waste:. They must classify their waste by testing or generator knowledge using the criteria in 22 CCR, Chapter 11. The definition of a waste and a hazardous waste can be found in CHSC, 25124(a) and CCR 66261.2
Hazardous Waste: What is Hazardous Waste?
A waste is a material that is discarded (relinquished, recycled, inherently waste-like, poses a health or environmental threat) a hazardous waste if it is a listed waste, characteristic waste, used oil and mixed wastes. Specific procedures determine how waste is identified, classified, listed, and delisted.
Hazardous waste may be liquid, solid, compressed gases, or sludge. The waste may be by-products of manufacturing processes or simply unwanted commercial products. If the waste has any of these four characteristics, then it is considered to be hazardous:
Hazardous Waste: What is Sludge?
Any solid, semi-solid or liquid waste generated from a wastewater treatment system, water supply treatment or air pollution control unit.
Hazardous Waste: What Is Spent Material?
Material that’s been used and as a result of contamination can no longer serve the purpose for which it was produced without processing
Hazardous Waste: What Is Use Constituting Disposal?
Placed into or onto the land/ground
Applied to the land
How can I confirm if my inspection request made it to the schedule?
Inspectors are in the field performing inspections for a majority of the day and are only present in the office for a short window of time each day. To meet in person, please visit City Hall between 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. If you need to speak with them before or after an inspection, please call the Building Safety Division at 310-524-2380, where your message will be transferred. If it is an urgent request, please contact Building Safety and staff will get in touch with the inspectors.
How can I find out about programs, classes or camps that are offered by the City?
You can find information about our programs and events in our new program guide! The Recreation & Parks Department recently update the design and delivery of our program guide. It can be viewed online(link to brochure) or is available for in-person pick-up at any of our Recreation Facilities as well as the El Segundo Public Library or City Hall.
How can I get my car out of impound?
Only the registered owner can get a vehicle out of impound. The registration must be up to date and the person must have a valid driver's license. If not, the registered owner must bring TWO licensed drivers to ESPD. If the vehicle requires a smog check, fees must be deposited at the DMV and a moving permit must be obtained. All original DMV paperwork must be brought to the station.
The ESPD vehicle release fee is $212.00.
The ESPD vehicle release fee for a DUI or 30 day vehicle hold is $294.00
To contact Van Lingen Tow regarding their fees, please call 1 (310) 370-4533.
How can I obtain an employment application?
Contact the Personnel Sergeant at (310)-524-2273, or contact Human Resources at 350 Main Street. (310)-524-2336/2337
How do I apply for a business tax registration?
Most businesses can apply to register their business with the City online. Certain businesses are not eligible to apply online. Please visit our Business Tax Registration page for instructions on applying for a business tax registration.
How do I know if I already have a governmentjobs.com account?
If you have applied to another city, county, school district, or special district online, you may already have a governmentjobs.com account. Check to see if you have an account.
How do I register for one of your camps, classes or programs?
To sign-up online you can go to our registration page or you can stop by in-person at the Checkout Building, Clubhouse Building, Joslyn Center or Aquatics Facility and sign-up.
PLEASE register for/renew your Rec ID prior to payment in order to receive the 20% discount. You will be charged the non-resident rate, if you register for programs without a current Rec ID. If you are a resident and you are charged a non-resident rate because you did not have a current REC ID, we will not give credit or reimbursement. All resident discounts are applied at the time of purchase.
How do I report a street lamp outage?
Southern California Edison maintains El Segundo street lamps. All reports of street lamp outages should be directed to them at 1(800)-611-1911 or click here to report it online. Make sure you mention the exact location of the street lamp and have the pole number of the street lamp ready (pole numbers are located on the lamp pole itself).
How often do you test for Police positions?
Officers- Once a month (entry-level)
Lateral Officers- Continuous
How often will my facility or business be inspected by the El Segundo CUPA?
CalARP: at least once every (3) three years
Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank (APSA/AST): at least once every (3) three years
Hazardous Waste: at least once every (3) three years
Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMPB): at least once every (3) three years
Underground Storage Tank (UST): at least once every year (annually).
How to obtain a copy of a police report?
Contact the Police Records Section at 1(310)-524-2200 during business hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. A fee of $0.20 per page plus tax is charged for any Incident or Accident Report. Police Records are released to a person(s) authorized to obtain the Incident or Accident report.
In one visit, how many different plans/projects can I submit at once?
We do not have a limit. However, we respectfully request that you email us to schedule an appointment and submit your applications so that we may plan accordingly.
Is street sweeping enforced on holidays?
Street sweeping regulations are not enforced on the following observed holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
New Year's Eve
Is street sweeping still enforced on holidays?
Street sweeping regulations are not enforced on the following observed holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
New Year's Eve
Is there an additional charge for a field change?
Yes. A field change begins at $175 per hour. Additional processing fees may apply.
Is there street sweeping on rainy days?
Streets will be cleaned on rainy days unless the amount of rainfall is sufficient enough to clean the streets. Street sweeping parking citations may still be issued during those days. Contact the Police Department to verify if street sweeping is cancelled due to rain at (310)524-2296 or (310)-524-2200
What are phone numbers for other Police Departments?
What do I need to bring with me to re-submit plans?
Always bring your old set of plans alongside your new plans to resubmit. You will also need to bring back any forms, correction sheets, or notes that were given in the previous corrections.
What if a crime occurred on a state freeway?
If a crime took place on a state freeway, please call the Highway Patrol office nearest you.
What if this happened in another city can I file a report using this online police citizen reporting system?
No, if a crime took place outside of the City of El Segundo, please call the police department for the city the crime occurred in.
What is a known suspect?
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
What is an Aboveground Storage Tank (AST)?
A tank or container that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum and that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground. (California Health and Safety Code 25270.2) (a)) (i.e.) generators, elevator hydraulic tanks, diesel fuel tanks and 55 gallon drums to name a few.
What is an SPCC Plan?
An SPCC Plan is a document that describes procedures, methods, and equipment in place at the tank facility to prevent discharges of petroleum from reaching navigable waters (including storm drains).
What is the difference between an ordinance, the City’s municipal code and the City’s zoning code?
An ordinance is a law passed by the City Council. Ordinances will often state text that is to be added to the City’s municipal code, which organizes the City’s laws by topic. If an ordinance relates to planning or zoning issues, it will usually add text to the City’s zoning code, which is part of the municipal code.
What is the turnaround time for an "accelerated" plan check submittal versus a "regular" plan check submittal?
An "accelerated" plan check submittal has a turnaround time of 20 business days for the first submittal. All subsequent plan check submittals have a turnaround time of 15 business days.
A "regular" plan check has a turnaround time of 30 business days for the first submittal. All subsequent plan check submittals have a turnaround time of 25 business days.
What online application system does the City of El Segundo use?
The City of El Segundo uses the NEOGOV platform that powers the governmentjobs.com website for accepting online applications.
When is street sweeping?
Please refer to the street sweeping maps below for current street sweeping schedules.
It typically takes three to four weeks to process the payment once the invoice is received.
When will my company receive our refund?
It typically takes 3 -4 weeks to process the payment once the request is received.
Where can I access a public computer to complete my application?
Public computers are available to use free-of-charge at the El Segundo Public Library located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245. The Library is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We are closed on Sundays. Computers with internet are available for public use during normal business hours. You may also locate a public library near your home. Most public libraries provide free internet services during hours they are open to the public.
Where can I check my plan check status?
You may view your plan check status at any time using our online portal. If a field is blank, it has not been updated by that department, and is still under review.
Who handles City tree services?
The Park Maintenance Division of the Recreation & Parks Department is responsible for tree care, cutting, pruning and planting.
Who will see my application materials when I apply?
Your application materials may only be viewed by City of El Segundo Human Resources Department staff and other City staff designated by the Human Resources Department to review application materials. Other agencies that use NEOGOV do not have access to your application materials for a position with the City of El Segundo.
Will I receive a confirmation email or call for my inspection request?
No, you will not receive an email or a call to confirm the inspection request. Staff will only contact you should they need to re-schedule the inspection request.
Will you notify me by email?
Yes, all correspondence related to the status of your application will be completed via email. Please add the domains elsegundo.org and governmentjobs.com to your safe senders list, and check your junk and spam folders regularly to ensure that you receive all emailed correspondence.