Fire Safety

Video: 2 Tips for Fire Safety

Posted on March 04, 2019 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to fire safety in the home, simple, proactive steps can go a long way toward reducing risk. Today we’re in Mountain View with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Corey Haney of STATCOMM Inc. to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Corey Haney: Today, I’m bringing you some expert tips from Statcomm. These tips are really important, and they could help save your life someday. Our first tip is to make sure that you close your door when you go to sleep at night. Over half the house fires happen between 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. During that time if you keep the door closed, Read more

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2 Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — When it comes to fire safety, even small steps can potentially save your life. Here are a couple of basic fire safety tips for your home:

1. Test fire safety equipment. The simplest way to reduce fire risks in your home is to regularly test and inspect all fire safety equipment. This includes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers, both of which should be tested monthly and replaced by their respective expiration dates.

If you have older, battery-powered smoke alarms, be sure to replace the batteries one to two times per year. Newer smoke alarms have built-in 10-year batteries, so you don’t need to replace the batteries—just test the units every month and replace them at the 10-year mark. Read more

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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: Avoiding a Furnace Disaster

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to home maintenance, you’ll need to know how to properly inspect and maintain your furnace. Today we’re with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kent Penning of Cold Craft to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kent Penning: Everyone wants to minimize their heating costs during the winter and keep their family safe. If you have a 10 year or older furnace, I recommend that you have that piece of equipment inspected on a yearly basis to protect your family.

We have a furnace that had an inspection performed on it with the latest and greatest tools. Visually, what the technician found on this piece of equipment is that it was overheating and getting excessively hot. Read more

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