SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

The loud and sometimes annoying sound of a smoke detector is a sound that could save your life.

“Anytime we are in a place where we sleep, it is paramount that we have something to alert us of the presence of smoke,” said Alan Widling, battalion chief for Santa Maria.

Over 100,000 people live in Santa Maria and with a population of that size mobile home communities are a fixture on almost every block.

California law requires all homes – mobile or not – to have smoke detectors in them. However, property management companies who lease out spaces say they can't enforce that law because many people who lease space from them own their home

Verna Martino is the property supervisor of Trailer Rancho, a mobile home community for seniors in Santa Maria. She said she “suggest(s) that they have smoke alarms” but understands what goes on inside of their home is their personal business.”