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30 Aug

HEATING SEASON & PUFFBACKS

WHAT IS A PUFFBACK? Most of us have never heard of a puff back.  A puff back occurs when an oil burner backfires sending soot throughout your home or business.   It can happen all at once, (like a balloon popping), or more slowly, (as if someone was holding the end of a balloon and letting […]

02 Jul

BARBEQUE SAFETY

  Summer is Barbeque season.  The Insurance Information Institute reports backyard barbeques are responsible for as many as 2000 fires and 3 deaths annually.  Before you fire up the grill, take a few minutes to insure that your grilling experience is a safe and happy one. Gas Grills Make sure hoses are firmly attached & […]

15 Apr

PREVENTING LAPTOP FIRES

 Laptop fires threaten public safety and cause hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage each year.  In today’s mobile society, laptops are no longer just for students.  They are everywhere, with a high concentration in single family homes, multi-unit housing and academic institutions.  We use our computers for everything and have become comfortable working, […]

10 Aug

Effective Disaster Planning Tips

What would you do if disaster struck your building?  Are you prepared? Facility, property, operations and maintenance professionals know that in property management, it’s a matter of when, not if, things happen. When fire, water, mold or bio-recovery damage affects your property from natural or man-made sources, your residents look to you to make decisions. […]

09 May

Flash Flooding 101

Flash flooding, defined as heavy rains falling over short periods of time, can occur with little warning and quickly devastate both commercial and residential property.  It is among the most frequent and costly type of natural disaster in the United States. Soil moisture conditions are used to determine the amount of rainfall necessary to cause […]

19 Apr

Wildfire Risks and Tips

Ongoing drought increases the risk of fires, particularly in wooded areas, and the potential for widespread fires has become a concern for much of the Northeast this Spring.  The ground is especially dry after a nearly-snowless winter, and low humidity and high winds can encourage a flame to quickly become an inferno. State officials in […]

04 Apr

Keep Safe in High Winds

High winds can bring down trees and powers lines and whip unsecured objects through the air, so it is important to know how to protect yourself in the event that these gusts produce a dangerous situation. How to protect yourself and your property when you encounter strong winds… OUTSIDE Take cover next to a building […]

24 Jan

Carbon Monoxide: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and highly toxic gas capable of killing before it is ever detected by human senses.  More than 150 people die every year in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances, such as stoves, furnaces and water heaters. The United States Fire Administration […]

12 Dec

Simple Solutions for Ice Dams

An ice dam occurs when water builds up behind snow or ice blockages in eaves and gutters.  Inadequate insulation keeps the roof warm, but not the gutters and eaves.  This melts snow and ice from the roof, which drains down and freezes in the gutters and eaves. Snow that melts once the ice has formed cannot drain properly, […]

29 Nov

Dodge the Draft!

Although it has been unusually warm so far this season, cold weather is certainly on its way. Winter weather presents many potential problems for property owners.  It is important to make sure you’re ready before temperatures drop in order to keep energy costs low and your property warm. Prevent property damage and prepare for the chill before […]

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