Home Safety

Lamine Elabed is president of LW Construction & Handyman Services, a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (415) 690-7969 or by email.

Crucial Info on Smoke Detectors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

AMERICAN CANYON — Smoke detectors may be easy to overlook, but doing so can be a fatal mistake. In fact, two-thirds of fire-related deaths in the home are attributable to smoke detectors being inoperative (usually due to dead or missing batteries) or absent altogether. To improve upon this dark statistic, California safety codes now require an improved model of smoke detector to be installed in homes and businesses statewide.

The main feature that differentiates the new smoke detectors from their predecessors is they don’t rely on regular alkaline batteries to function. Instead, each unit is equipped with a built-in, tamper-proof battery that has a 10-year lifespan. This change is aimed at removing human error from the equation, Read more

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Video: Helpful Hints for Smoke and CO Detectors

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AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: Having smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home is crucial, but it also helps to understand how they function. Today we’re in American Canyon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamine Elabed of LW Construction & Handyman Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamine Elabed: When you pull your remodel permits on city or county, one of the requirements is for them to check, they are expected to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors present at your home. And they always have to check that before they sign off on the permit. So, let’s talk about smoke detectors. Smoke detectors save your life, Read more

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Video: Addressing Lead Paint Concerns

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA CLARA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you discover that your home contains lead paint, you’ll need to take the appropriate steps to address it safely and effectively. Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ilan Sigura of Sigura Pro Painting to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ilan Sigura: Ilan Sigura, CEO of Sigura Pro Painting. I would like to talk today about lead paint. Many of our customers are asking us, “When should I be concerned with lead paint?” In general, rule of thumb, any building that was painted before 1978, people should really check the paint for lead and see if there’s any lead in the pain. Read more

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Options for Addressing a Lead Paint Hazard

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA CLARA — Everyone knows lead paint represents a health hazard, but many homeowners are unsure of the specific circumstances under which it’s a concern. In general, if your home was built or painted before 1978 (when lead paint was officially banned), it’s best to err on the side of safety and have your existing paint tested before repainting.

If you discover lead in your home’s paint, there are a couple of ways to address it. One good option is called encapsulation, where a special coating is applied over the existing paint surface before the new paint is applied. By sealing in the lead, encapsulation provides a practical, non-invasive means for preventing exposure. Read more

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Video: Combating Mold in Your Home

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have a mold problem in your home, it’s important to know the proper way to deal with it, as well as common mistakes to avoid. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dave Keith of NorthBay Environmental to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dave Keith: So you’ve got mold on your wall? What should you do? What I recommend is to put plastic on it. You can take a plastic garbage bag, or you can take just Visqueen, a piece of plastic, cut out the square, and then put duct tape around and seal all the edges. Read more

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Electrical Panels That Threaten Safety

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN MARTIN — If you live in an older home, some architectural or mechanical aspects of it are likely from a different era. However, one aspect of your home that should never be outdated is your electrical panel, as it can affect both system performance and safety.

While any outdated electrical panel can be problematic (most are inadequate to provide for modern power needs), there are three names in particular you don’t want to see on yours: Zinsco, Federal Pacific and Challenger. While each of these brands is from a different time period, all three have lost their UL listings and are known to represent fire safety hazards. One common issue with these panels is that the breakers can fail to detect short or overloaded circuits, Read more

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Video: Electrical Panel Safety

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN MARTIN — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you live in an older home, your electric panel is probably outdated. Worse still, it may represent a safety hazard. Today we’re in San Martin with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Henry Acosta of California Power and Light to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Henry Acosta: So, we recommend if your home was built before the 80s, before the 70s – . So, if you have a home 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, a lot of times the panels that were installed in these times were Zinscos, Federal Pacific. And then the newer ones in the 70s, 80s were Challenger. These particular panels are definitely something to be concerned about. Read more

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