Fifty-eight people died in fires since the beginning of 2015. By taking precautionary steps and doing regular home safety inspections, you can help prevent this number from increasing.
By conducting regular home safety inspections for fire hazards and by maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in peak condition, you may save your life and the lives of your loved ones. Also, teach your children and older adults living with you about what to do if a fire starts. These two age brackets are the most vulnerable when fire rages.
Maintenance of Smoke Alarms:
Smoke alarms are great life savers during fire. Make sure to have working smoke alarms in your home.
Statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Three out of five home fire deaths take place in homes without working smoke alarms.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.
If you maintain smoke alarms in good working order, they will alert you to the fire with enough time to get everyone out of the house and possibly with enough time to extinguish the fire before it causes too much damage.
Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers:
If you know how to use a fire extinguisher, it is an excellent fire-fighting tool. You can keep up with maintenance by:
- Making sure that working parts such as the can, hoses, and nozzles are not damaged or rusted.
- Keeping it free from any dust, oil, or grease.
Also, make sure before any fire occurs that you understand the directions and how to use the extinguisher. You might want to purchase an additional extinguisher of the same make and model and do a test run.
Proactive Education for Children:
Even if you have taken enough measures to make your home child-proof and safe, teach your children fire safety at home:
- Educate them about the hazards associated with matches, lighters, and gas stoves.
- Make a fire escape plan and that your children fully understand.
- Teach them how to escape their bedrooms in case fire blocks the door, and have them practice it.
Proactive Education for Older Adults:
Statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration project that those 60 and above are nearly 3 times more likely to die in a fire than those in the general population. Here are some tips for them:
- Choose a room on the ground floor to sleep in. This will allow for an easier escape.
- Ensure that smoke alarms and fire alarms are working.
- Conduct regular fire drills.
- Depending on their state of mind, don’t let them have candles, and other fire hazards in the room.
Protect yourself from home fires with these simple proactive steps. If you’re in the market to sell your house, or purchase a new one, or would simply like a basic overall inspection done on the major systems and structural integrity of your home to know which areas need repair or will need watching, please contact South Florida Home Inspection Assoc or call 561-818-5593 for more information.
If you are going to purchase a newly constructed home, you might not think you should get an independent inspection done. Most home buyers assume that because a home has passed all local codes and ordinances, it must be in good condition and safe. It’s the older homes that need inspecting. The fact is that there are several issues related with newly constructed homes and you should be aware of them before making the move. A new home inspection is the most important step to take in order to ensure that you have invested your money wisely and the place is comfortable and safe.
Why do I need a New Home Inspection?
Below are the reasons why a newly constructed home needs a home inspection and what you can expect from your home inspector:
The process of construction means it’s easy to miss stuff.
Constructing a home involves different subcontractors and their employees undertaking different activities simultaneously. So it is almost impossible for the builder to keep a watch on everything. Some common issues with newly built homes are-broken roof trusses, missing siding, organic growth on crawl space wood framing and so on. Your home inspector will alert you to these types of problems.
New home inspections have higher standards than municipal inspections.
Municipal building inspections are aimed at checking for minimal compliance with applicable building codes. There are several things municipal inspectors don’t need to examine. As a result, these inspections insufficient. Your new home inspector will give you a better picture of the property, in accordance with the standards set for home inspections.
Before you move into your new home, repairs can be completed.
Your home inspector will let you know about any home repairs required. You can then ask the builder to make the repairs before you move into the home. It will save you from the potential inconvenience of workers inside your home while you are.
New home inspections may discover potential safety concerns and may save expense down the line.
Sometimes there are serious problems with newly built homes. For example, gas leaks may result from shoddy workmanship. Other items, like missing attic insulation could result in higher utility bills. Your home inspector will identify these issues so that they can be fixed before moving into your new home.
What won’t a New Home Inspection cover?
The job of a home inspector is limited. So be aware that there are certain things you shouldn’t expect from him.
- A new home inspector will give you a big picture analysis of the property and is not supposed to include every little detail in the final report submitted to you.
- Irrespective of his experience and expertise, he cannot predict when a particular system may fail.
- He will not fix any problems discovered during the home inspection as it is strictly prohibited by the code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
South Florida Home Inspection Association, in compliance with the standards set by The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), carries out new home inspections. The inspectors are highly trained, experienced and honest professionals. They help new home owners in Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding areas aware of the actual condition of the property through an objective and unbiased home inspection. For more information, visit http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/new-home-inspection/.
You might assume that a newly constructed home is safe and perfect. After all, it’s brand new, right? During construction, it had to pass all local codes and ordinances. You don’t need to have it independently inspected, do you? Wrong. The truth is that there are several issues related with newly built homes which can be discovered during a new home inspection.
What does a New Home Inspection involve?
Below is a list of top reasons why a newly constructed home needs a home inspection and what you can expect from a home inspector.
Complexities of Construction.
Home construction involves different subcontractors and their employees working simultaneously on different systems of the home. It becomes difficult for the builder to take care of all these things. Some common issues with new homes are broken roof trusses, missing siding, organic growth on crawl space wood framing and so on. Your home inspector will point out these issues
Higher Standards with a New Home Inspection.
Municipal building inspections follow minimum standards as opposed to home inspections which set high standards of inspection and give you a clear picture of the structural components and major systems of the home.
Repairs Before Moving In.
Your home inspector will inform you about the repairs needed on the home, which can be done by asking your builder to do them before moving in.
Safety and Cost-effectiveness.
Some problems with newly built homes, like gas leakage, can result in serious situations. Items like missing attic insulation can invite high utility bills increasing your costs. A new home inspection will help you fix these problems before they become serious problems or unnecessarily impact your bank account.
What doesn’t a New Home Inspection involve?
Given the limitations of his job, you can’t expect a home inspector to:
- Give you every little detail about the property in the final report .
- Fix any problems discovered during home inspection as it will violate the code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
- Predict when various systems may fail.
At South Florida Home Inspection Association, we comply with the standards set by The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Our highly trained and experienced professionals carry out new home inspections in a truly objective, unbiased and honest way. Contact us for further information by calling 561-818-5593 or http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/contact-us-2/
This summer, two years after Sandy blew through and devastated New York, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and Long Island Jobs with Justice conducted a comprehensive study to learn about the after-effects of the storm. They chose to conduct the study in Freeport, a town located on the southern shore of Long Island, that was particularly hard-hit when Hurricane Sandy struck it in 2012.
They found that 57.1% of Freeport residents still live in storm damaged homes, 67.1% of people used bleach on the surfaces of their home as a mold remediation, and 38.6% believe they have respiratory problems linked to Sandy. Only about 21.4% of homeowners did the clean-up and home repair themselves. This survey highlights the need to battle the myth that bleach kills mold. It doesn’t.
Most Americans believe that bleach is the product to grab when confronted with mold. FEMA has perpetuated the myth by passing out bleach products. FEMA even instructs people to use a 10% bleach solution when cleaning flooded homes. But, the truth is that bleach disinfects and protects against bacteria. It works great at removing the discoloration caused by mold; however, it will leave the microflora intact. This is why, when conditions are right, the mold returns in the same spot.
Typically, mold is not a serious health hazard. However, storms like Sandy can create perfect environments for mold to grow. The storm causes significant water damage, often in hard to reach areas. Mold spores in the air find those dark moist places and flourish. Mold can grow on virtually any moist surface and is particularly fond of paper, wood, or cloth. If left unchecked, the mold colonies grow and release more spores into the air. Excessive mold spores in the air can trigger allergies and asthma, or other chronic breathing ailments. In addition, sometimes the home becomes infested with toxic mold, like Stachybotrys, which is linked to serious health problems.
It is vital that homeowners enlist the services of professional home inspectors and clean-up crews that know how to properly deal with mold, especially after a hurricane or super storm. Professional home inspectors will help identify where mold growth has occurred and can help the homeowner come up with a priority list. They may even be able to recommend a reputable clean-up crew. It’ll take a good biocide or anti-microbial to manage the mold. If significant water damage was sustained, it may even be a good idea to schedule another home inspection for mold a couple years later. Mold is insidious and will never be completely destroyed, but it can be controlled.
South Florida Home Inspection Association has been providing home inspection services to the Hobe Sound and Palm Beach areas for years. For more information on what is involved in the mold inspections they offer, or for additional information on how to combat mold in the home, visit their website at http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/mold-in-the-home/ or call (561) 818-5593.
Summary: Homeowners battling mold should forgo bleach and hire professionals. Bleach does not kill mold.
A home fireplace can be soothing, give warmth, be romantic or just relaxing. If your fireplace is electric or gas, you don’t have as much safety concerns as there are for wood-burning or solid fuel fireplaces. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “heating fires account for 36 percent of residential fires in rural areas each year”, with many due to creosote buildup in chimneys (the photo below right, borrowed from homeownernut.com, shows a buildup of creosote, which can then catch fire from an errant fireplace spark exiting the chimney). The National Fire Protection Association estimates that “14,000 home fires this year” began in a fireplace. Continue Reading →
I have covered many areas within your home over recent years, where safety steps need to be used; however, I realized I hadn’t given you one of the most hazardous home locations of all – your garage. This area has two separate areas of concern – the garage door and the garage area, itself. This month, I’ll discuss safety concerns with garage doors; and next month, I’ll cover the garage area. So, look for Part 2 next month. Continue Reading →
Most of us think of garage safety as keeping things away from the car and to put stored items enough out of the way as not to trip or have to climb over them. Unfortunately, there are many dangerous situations in a home garage – whether it’s attached or standalone.
In last month’s newsletter, I pointed out many of the dangers in dealing with garage doors. This month, I cover dangers in the garage area, itself. Continue Reading →
Every year, there are many injuries and deaths due to home accidents. It’s bad enough when it involves a family member; however, it also can be financially devastating when non-family are involved. For family members, you are looking at medical and emergency room costs, possible rehabilitation costs, and long-term grief if the accident results in a death. For non-family, you may be looking at a lawsuit! Continue Reading →
Approximately 2.5 million children are injured or die in the home every year from safety issues that can be averted by using simple child safety devices. As precious as these little lives are to us, it is worth the time, effort and cost to keep them safe. Here are some safety items available from www.Amazon.com: