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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Turkey Deep-Fryers in Condominiums: Crispy and Delicious but Bad for You Financially

Deep fried turkey combines the deliciousness of a well-cooked turkey with the crispiness of deep-fried goodness. Thanksgiving is one of the few opportunities many families have to enjoy a deep-fried turkey because of the time and attention needed to use

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15 apartment complexes, condo buildings found violating fire alarm requirements (WA)

Fire officials in Snohomish County said more than a dozen condo buildings and apartment complexes aren’t updated with legally required fire alarms.  The compliance crackdown comes nearly a year after a fire killed a person in their Everett apartment on

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions (FL)

The deadline for opting-out of the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofitting Requirements is December 31, 2016. The following is a general summary of the state of the law for those who still need to opt–out or who want to review whether they

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New restrictions for grills on condo and apartment decks (MO)

No charcoal grills will be allowed on decks and balconies of condos and apartments in Osage Beach effective Jan. 1 unless there is a sprinkler system in place on the decks.  But gas grills got a reprieve if certain rules

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Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting (FL)

As you may be aware, the deadline for condominium associations to vote to forego retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system is rapidly approaching.  Section 718.112(2)(l), Florida Statutes, requires certain condominium associations to retrofit their common elements, association property, and units

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Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface, Part 3: Defining the Wildland-Urban Interface, and Why It Matters

The “wildland-urban interface” is a term commonly used but seldom precisely understood. There is good reason for that: the meaning of the term varies tremendously. There are at least three important ways to think about the WUI: as a policy

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Jackson Oaks gains fire safety recognition (CA)

Obtaining a rare neighborhood fire safety recognition has helped one east Morgan Hill neighborhood not only protect itself from a potential out-of-control blaze, but it has also helped strengthen community bonds among residents, according to participants.  The Jackson Oaks Homeowners

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Four Seasons condo complex gets proactive about fire safety (MO)

Harry Maier, a member of the Waters Edge Condo Association, told the Four Seasons Board of Trustees last week that his association has taken several steps to reduce the chance of a fire and has reached out to three large

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Four steps to improve local wildfire planning (ID)

The price of wildfire has never been higher. In 1995, fire made up 16 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s annual appropriation budget; in 2015, wildfire consumed more than 50 percent of the agency’s budget. But the price of fire

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Hidden Dangers and Quick Tips to Keep Properties Safe from Electrical Fires

It’s officially Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15, 2016), a regularly recognized campaign organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to stress the importance of fire safety and preventative measures for home owners. According to the National Archives

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Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface, Part 1: An Overview of WUI Wildfire Planning

On the blog, I plan to offer a series of posts that convey much of what we learned, and what we propose, that is applicable to wildfire planning not just to Idaho, but to communities throughout the West. Through the

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Residents donate to stay firewise (MA)

Times have changed but the risks haven’t, and scientific research shows the best defense against wildfires still starts at home, across individual backyards and property lines. And the citizens of Pinetop Community Association (PCA) are leading that charge for the

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Epic Residences condo association sues developer, architect and subcontractors over incompatible fire safety system (FL)

Another prominent developer is facing allegations of installing a faulty fire sprinkler system in a South Florida luxury condo tower. This time, litigation surrounds Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group’s Epic Residences in downtown Miami.  In a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit

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Moving From Suggestions To Mandates To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk. They’re banning shingle roofs and requiring fire-resistant siding. They’re also making homeowners mind their landscaping.  Developer Chris Heftel made

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Tips to Help Homeowners Association Residents Prevent Kitchen Fires

Fire can be a fear of residents within a homeowners association. They can break out in all sorts of situations, so it’s always good to remind owners in your community about fire safety.  Did you know that nearly two-thirds of

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The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

As the 12/31/16 deadline for Florida high-rises to opt out of a full sprinkler retrofit looms large, the confusion regarding which multifamily buildings should opt out, why and what the consequences of that opt out vote will be escalates.  Here

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DeBordieu completes 5 years as Firewise community

Blanche Brown, general manager of the DeBordieu Colony Community Association, said that over the last five years, DeBordieu residents have committed time, effort and resources to mitigate the risks to their homes and landscape from wildfire.  “Since we are located

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Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach (MO) area buildings facing evacuation for inadequacies of water supply to sprinklers

Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach area buildings are facing evacuation of all units under an emergency injunction if inadequacies of the water system to supply fire protection sprinklers are not resolved in the next few weeks.     Read the

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The Condominium Fire Sprinkler Retrofit – A Continuing Saga (FL)

Each week, I receive a multitude of calls and e-mails from condominium association clients, and non-clients alike, regarding the condominium fire sprinkler retrofit requirements. The confusion arises because of a 2010 amendment to section 718.112 of the Florida Statutes which,

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Sunrise Beach condo owners warned of water sprinkler (fire) system problem (MO)

Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach area condominiums are facing a significant life-safety issue after it was found recently that the water supply system for the sprinkler systems is inadequate.   West Side Bay, Nantucket Bay and RCR condominiums are all

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Older high-rise condos, co-ops must vote to opt out or install fire sprinklers (FL)

One major fallout of the quiet session was the lack of any new bill extending the ability of associations to take a membership opt-out vote to avoid having to install expensive fire sprinklers in high-rise residences. In the past, every

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Late night condo fire serves as a good reminder for fire safety (MI)

In the early morning hours on Monday, the Orion Township Fire Department responded to the report of a condo on fire in the 1900 block of Country Lane near Joslyn and Scripps. Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies were the first on

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SAFD (TX) urges communities to get ‘firewise’ as hot, dry Fall approaches

Viki Melton, the president of the Big Springs Homeowners Association, was the first to jump on board.  “We had 98 volunteers that came out that day,” said Melton, referring to a massive day-long cleanup operation conducted on a common area

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(CA S.F.) Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

Under Campos’ measure, property owners will have to notify their tenants of existing requirements for smoke alarms, and file reports on their compliance with the city every two years. Tang’s measure requires landlords and homeowners’ associations to provide information about

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DBPR Chaos: Fire Sprinkler Opt Out Requirement Revisited

In May, we published an article discussing the upcoming December 31, 2016 deadline for high-rise condominiums to hold an opt out vote in order to avoid the requirement to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinkler systems. Since publication of our

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Fires elsewhere have Vail residents on alert

This valley has been spared over the years from large-scale wildfires. But look around and it’s easy to see a big fire is certainly possible.    Read the article………….

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Eagle Trace HOA recognized as a Firewise Community (OR)

Fire Chief Brian Fish recognized the Eagle Trace Home Owner’s Association (ETHOA) as being a successful Firewise Community on July 7, according to a statement from Medford Fire.   Read the article…………..

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Fire sprinkler retrofit law in county: Hot air or good safety measure? (FL)

A state law requiring condominium associations to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers is sparking concern among residents of Century Village and elsewhere, who say it’s not clear whether low-rises as well as condo towers need to shell out the

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Grazing Goats Provide Wildfire Mitigation For Metro Neighborhood (CO)

One homeowner’s association in Castle Pines has decided to use the eating power of goats as a long term solution to fire mitigation.  Three hundred goats have been deployed in the Pine Ridge neighborhood,     Read the article……………

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Farmington (MI) Firefighters Obtain Vital Device for Deaf Woman

A deaf woman whose Farmington condo caught fire last month is now safer because of a specialized smoke detector obtained for her by Farmington public safety officers.    Read the article…………

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Chimney Safety Institute of America

We’ve added the Chimney Safety Institute of America to our Trade Associations and Internet Resources page.  Given the number of fires each year in condo associations, this is a site you should take a look at and borrow information from.

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Homeowner: HOA hasn’t cleared land near Hawken Fire in five years

Although the Hawken Fire has been 100 percent contained, questions about where the fire started and why that land wasn’t cleared of flammable vegetation remain.  Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District confirmed to News 4 that the fire’s point of origin

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Leave grills alone, says crowd at condo fire safety hearing (MO)

The message from nearly two-dozen lake-area residents was clear at Monday night’s Osage Beach Fire District fire safety public hearing — leave grills alone.   Read the article……………

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Safety first is message at site of recent Boulder (CO) condo blaze

After the fire, the homeowners’ association worked to find houses where displaced residents could temporarily stay, according to the association’s president. That same week, they put together Saturday’s fundraiser picnic, which was held in the community park at 1467 Patton

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Tips for a season of safe grilling

Barbecue season heats up in earnest this holiday weekend and keeping the grill clean is just one safety issue to consider.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends periodically removing grease or fat buildup from grills and trays below the grill.

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Deadline to Opt Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting Approaches for Condominiums (FL)

When it comes to fire safety in residential condominiums, confusion and many questions have emerged surrounding the requirement to retrofit a fire sprinkler. One thing is certain, in order for a qualifying condominium to opt out of the requirement, it

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After Tragic Condo Fire, District Seeks Community Feedback On Possible Changes To Code (MO)

When four children were killed in a tragic fire at Compass Pointe Condominiums, the community and public officials began looking for ways to keep this from happening again.  A special committee was formed, and it sought input from the public

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A Review of the (FL) High-Rise Condominium Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Requirement and Opt-Out Provisions

I have developed a simple and brief overview of the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) that is now posted in our firm’s website. The three-page document explains that the FFPC defines “high-rise building” to mean a building that is greater

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Avoid crying over a little burnt toast

Q: My neighbour has informed me that her toaster malfunctioned and she had a little fire because the toast didn’t pop out. I started thinking about what she said and realized this could have been a huge fire. Now I

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Officials to pass out detectors at scene of fatal Buckhead (GA) condo fire

More than three weeks after a 37-year-old Buckhead woman died in a condo fire, Atlanta fire will return to the Pharr Road area to pass out free smoke detectors to residents who don’t have them.   Read the article………….

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Fireplace Safety in Your Home and HOA Community

For many, the essence of winter is curling up next to the warmth of a crackling fireplace while enjoying the sights of the snow-dusted scenery outside. Unless of course you live in a Arizona or Texas, in which case it’s

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Condominium Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting in Florida

In 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted 718.112(2)(l) as a statutory scheme to require the retrofitting of fire sprinklers for residential condominiums. The statute first began specified that the condominium association may not vote to forego such retrofitting with a fire

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Regulatory Changes Proposed After Deadly Osage Beach Condo Fire (MO)

Fire officials are considering regulatory changes after four children died in an August condominium fire in Osage Beach.  According to our CBS affiliate, KRCG, the Osage Beach Fire Protection District is planning a public hearing this month on the proposed

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Condo Association Safety and Security 101

Condo Association safety and security is one of the big three. As a Board, your job is to facilitate a safe and secure environment. The nuances of this are highly variable – your Condo’s location, local ordinances and laws, your

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Grilling on the Balcony: What is Permissible in Florida Condominiums?

Question: My unit has a screened balcony (some people call it a “lanai”). I understand that I cannot use a gas grill out there, but I enjoy using my electric grill when the weather is nice. The association recently published

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Condo building evacuated ‘inadvertently’ during small fire (IL)

For the second time in the past year, Chicago firefighters have apparently used a building’s voice communication system incorrectly. Last February, residents of Marina City heard no announcements during a small but smoky fire. On Sunday, they heard announcements all

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Six Things to Know About Fire Hydrants

Aside from knowing to not park next to one, how deep is your knowledge of fire hydrants? Unless you’re a firefighter, it’s probably not that extensive.   Read the article………..

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Seek legal counsel to discuss fire codes, retrofitting buildings

Q: I live in an older condominium without sprinklers. I have been told we need to retrofit the buildings to comply with new building codes and that the retrofit is a costly endeavor. Can you explain our obligations?   Read the

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