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We’re entering fire season. Here’s how to keep your home safe (ID)

Residents of the Meadow Ridge subdivision enjoy a lifestyle somewhere between urban and rural.  A brushy expanse separates the community from the nearby Canyon Rim Trail and Snake River Canyon. Here, a snake glided lazily across a cheat grass-lined dirt

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Goats to reduce Castle Pine’s fire risk one bite at a time (CO)

You may see hundreds of goats in Castle Pines by the end of the month as they chomp down the risk of fire near the Douglas County community.  South Metro Fire Rescue, along with Pine Ridge Homeowners Association, will be

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Fire Sprinklers Getting A Boost At Three Lakefront Condo Complexes (MO)

Three lakefront condo complexes are taking the next step to upgrade their fire sprinklers.  The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has approved plans for upgrades to the TT water system that supplies the fire sprinklers to the Nantucket Bay, Westside

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Mystic Shores on Path to Firewise Certification (NJ)

Mystic Shores, an active adult community in Little Egg Harbor, is starting the qualification process to become a Firewise Community/USA. The program goal, according to homeowners association member Karen Yock, is to implement fire mitigation concepts wherever possible.  “We are

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Fireplace and Chimney Problems, Tips & Prevention

Most folks consider their fireplaces and chimneys to be indestructible parts of their home that require little or no maintenance. While masonry work is generally as close to maintenance-free as you can get, fireplaces and chimneys are more than just

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Home Fire Safety for Older Adults

The U.S. fire problem is severe. Each year, home fires result in a significant number of deaths and injuries. Older adults are burdened with the gravest fire risk, and are consistently more threatened with injury or death by fire than

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Survive the Unthinkable: If a Wildfire Threatens Your Home

Families in some areas of Wyoming can be safe and secure one day and have their lives turned upside down by wildfires the next. To increase your safety and preparedness, we offer the following.  Ready– Preparing for the fire threat.

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How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Wildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture. How to Prepare for a Wildfire explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act

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Fire Sprinkler Installation and Earthquake Retrofit – Are They Reserve Account Expenses?

Without a doubt installation of fire sprinklers and earthquake retrofits make buildings safer and could save lives when and if they should ever be needed. Some municipalities have passed rules for installation/upgrading/modernization of these systems but most have chosen to

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North Side neighbors clear brush, protect against wildfire (TX)

A spark of community spirit could help save a North Side neighborhood from the spark of a wildfire.  Volunteers from the El Chapparal/Fertile Valley Homeowners Association gathered Saturday for a day of clearing brush. Helped by the San Antonio Fire

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Flathead Valley Homeowners, Agencies Prepare For Fire Season (MT)

After that early visit and evaluation, Baginski spent three years clearing brush from within twenty feet of his house. Some of his neighbors started doing the same thing. Soon he was inviting Ulwelling and other fire experts to homeowners association

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HRCA receives settlement for October fire in Backcountry (CO)

The Highlands Ranch Community Association has received a settlement for the wildfire in Highlands Ranch that it says was caused by Xcel Energy last October, an HRCA official announced at a March 21 board of directors and delegate meeting.  Citing

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Homeowners Anxious for Hydrants After Massive Fire (NC)

People who live in a Mint Hill neighborhood are anxious to finally have more fire hydrants near their homes.  Last week, a fire destroyed one home. Firefighters had to truck in water from nearly a mile away.  Charlotte Water has

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Fire Safety Education for Your Neighborhood

When it comes to having a safe and peaceful community, it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. That is why education is so important in a close environment.

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After Langley condo fire, sprinkler rules change

The provincial government has tightened sprinkler regulations for four-storey wood-frame buildings in the wake of a fire that gutted a Langley condo.  The update to the BC Building Code will require fire sprinklers on balconies.  When the Paddington Station condo

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Condominiums May Still Need to Install Engineered Life Safety System After Opting Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

As our regular readers are aware from our previous posts on the subject, there are many questions Florida condominium associations face in determining whether their buildings must be retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system or Engineered Life Safety System (“ELSS”).

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Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL)

Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown

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Promote fire safety, not substandard condo housing for the elderly

Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, a paid lobbyist of Florida condominium associations, in an op-ed on Feb. 14, advocated for a bill that “would allow older high-rises to opt out of an ELSS [engineered life safety system] and, for those who do

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BBQ on the Deck? — You May Cook More Than Your Steak!

Most insurance companies have a Loss Control Team that inspects communities periodically to assess potential threats. After the inspection they send a report to the board or manager with requirements and recommendations. One of the most common, and difficult items

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Fire Planning Tips for Seniors

A home fire is a terrifying moment for anyone, including seniors. If you are an older individual with limited mobility or impairments, it’s especially important you follow these four fire-planning tips because they could save your life.     Read the

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Browder, Village honored for Firewise decade (AR)

Participating in the Arkansas Firewise program brings benefits, Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association board of directors heard last Wednesday at its January board meeting.  Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Firewise information officer Sheila Doughty said helping prevent forest fires is the

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Thawing after weekend freeze setting off sprinkler systems (NC)

Fayetteville firefighters have been busy the past couple of days – not because of fire, but because of ice. Sprinkler systems damaged by frozen pipes have kept them on the move.  Stewart’s Creek Condominiums has one of more than two

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Is Your Fire Insurance Full of Hot Air?

It was one of the worst fires in Catskills history: The 396-unit Grandview Palace Condominiums, formerly the fabled Brown’s Hotel in the Borscht Belt, erupted in flames on April 14, 2012. Seven of its nine buildings were destroyed, though none

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Home Tips: What You Need to Know About Fire Extinguishers

You already know that home fires are more common during the holidays than at any other time of the year, with about 150 fires causing an astounding $8 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  You’ve

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Advances in fire alarm technology

Fire alarm technology is an important consideration for any apartment building owner today. By installing a current system featuring the latest advances, facility owners and managers can better commit to the safety of an apartment building’s occupants and help to

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Comply with Fire Alarm Requirements! (WA)

It’s cold outside, so thoughts turn to fire. As Q13 reported last month, Snohomish County fire officials recently confirmed that fifteen local condominium and apartment buildings are not updated with legally required fire alarms. The compliance crackdown came about a

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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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