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Palo Alto regulates fire alarm usage, Stanford waits for more information

Palo Alto’s city council voted to restrict the use of ionization smoke alarms on Nov. 8 in an effort to improve fire safety. This decision makes Palo Alto the second California city to favor photoelectric technology in detecting fires, following a similar decision in Albany in July. Yet this move has faced significant opposition and debate remains about whether or not the move actually constitutes better fire safety practices.

Groups fight ‘geek factor’ to promote bike helmets

Students now have an extra incentive to practice better bicycle-safety habits while biking around campus. Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) launched its first bike safety dorm challenge on Oct. 26 in an effort to encourage students to pledge to follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet. The dorm with the highest percentage of participants in the challenge will win a bus charter to Tahoe.

Stanford medical school offers flu vaccines at polling places

Thanks to a new effort to bring politics and public health together in an accessible way, voters on Tuesday will now be able to receive influenza vaccines and cast their votes in one convenient trip. School of Medicine faculty and students have been working with local government officials to provide free or low-cost vaccines at two polling stations in Palo Alto and San Jose.