Fire Safety

David Lorber is a veteran of the construction industry and owner of Superior Builders & Remodelers, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (510) 854-6937 or by email.

Smoke and CO Alarm Tips

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be easy to ignore, but they can also potentially save your life. Fortunately, there are new models that are simple to use and further improve home safety.

One of the biggest advantages of new smoke detectors is the “hush button” feature. In the past, if you had a smoke alarm that was constantly triggered by cooking smoke or shower steam, the temptation was to simply remove the battery, which would render the unit useless. The new models reduce the nuisance of accidental alarms by allowing you to “hush” it with the touch of a button.

When purchasing a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, Read more

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Video: Updating Your Smoke Detectors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home still has old, battery-powered smoke detectors, you should consider replacing them with updated models. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Lorber of Superior Builders & Remodelers to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Lorber: Today I would like to talk to you about a very boring but very important subject, and that is smoke detectors. These could save your life one day. I’m going to recommend that if you haven’t replaced your units in the last few years, that you replace them with a unit that has a hush button on it which most of the old units didn’t have. Read more

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Home Addition Considerations

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

COTATI — When planning a home addition, even the most practical ideas can be complicated by issues regarding functional feasibility. Here are a couple aspects that can factor into the viability of your home addition project:

Roof line
One important consideration is whether your home’s roof can be properly adjusted to accommodate the new addition. Expanding or adding on to your home entails an extension of the roof line, and since one of a roof’s main functions is to divert water, it’s crucial to make sure this extension can be functionally incorporated into the roof’s overall design. Otherwise, you could end up with an expensive water trap.

Property line setbacks
Many homeowners think they can feasibly extend their homes to the utmost edges of their properties, Read more

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Video: Fire Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you own or manage a commercial building, in order to avoid a fine, you’ll need to know some critical aspects of fire code compliance. To learn more, we’re in Mountain View with Cherie Anderson, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Harris Ginyard of STATCOMM Inc.

Cherie Anderson: So we have three tips for you today that will hopefully save you a lot of money.

First and foremost when you get your building painted, please be sure that you have the painters covering the sprinkler heads and the escutcheons completely. Fire code insists that if their is paint on a sprinkler head, Read more

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How to Optimize Fire Safety

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MOUNTAIN VIEW — When it comes to fire safety, staying compliant with code requirements isn’t always as simple as it seems. Here are three tips to help you optimize fire safety in your home or office and avoid costly liability/compliance issues.

Paint smart. If you’re having your home or office painted, make sure the painters completely cover up all sprinkler heads and escutcheons (protective covers for electrical circuit breakers). According to fire code requirements, any sprinkler heads that get paint on them have to be replaced, which, if added up throughout an entire building, can result in a costly expense.

Check licensing. Fire safety protocol requires different licenses for testing different systems. Read more

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Improving Kitchen Fire Safety via Microwave Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Most homeowners aren’t aware that one of the leading causes of kitchen fires is over-range microwaves. All over-range microwaves have grease filters underneath, both to ensure proper ventilation and to capture fumes and grease particles. When these filters become clogged, they fail to perform effectively and can actually pose a fire hazard. Since the microwave is situated above the stove, if a flame rises while you’re cooking, it can catch a greasy filter on fire and lead to an extremely dangerous situation.

The good news is that over-range microwave filters are easy to maintain. If your microwave has a metallic filter, you can remove it and wash it in soapy water or in the dishwasher (make sure your filter is dishwasher-safe). Read more

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Video: One Way to Prevent a Kitchen Fire

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH —  Host, Sarah Rutan: More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and could be prevented with a little bit of maintenance. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kenneth Turnage of K2GC to learn one way that you can prevent a kitchen fire.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kenneth Turnage: From doing fire damage for so many years , we’ve been able to identify some items that really cause more fires than any other thing. One of the leading causes for kitchen fires is the filter for the microwave range hood or the range hood. They are really easy to come out, Read more

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