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  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance (CO) June 11, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?    In Colorado, Tiffany Lockwood said she was dropped twice by fire insurance carriers over the 10 years she’s lived in Evergreen, a heavily forested exurb of Denver.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Regulating Risk May 30, 2024
    Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on some news stories we’ve seen (although I’m sure they are pretty isolated incidents), we have concerns that these vehicles could explode and cause a fire.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Greater Cincinnati condo owners battle being forced to leave amid proposed safety upgrades (OH) May 29, 2024
    A group of condo owners in a College Hill building are trying to prevent themselves from being forced out of their units for half a year or longer.  It’s related to two fires that happened at the building over the past few years and the repairs and safety fix the condominium association said is needed.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ban on gas grills rolling through Colorado mountain HOAs: “These changes affect all of us” May 28, 2024
    More and more homeowners associations in Colorado’s mountain communities are rewriting their policies to ban the use of gas grills by residents as insurance companies increasingly say they won’t insure HOAs that allow residents to use gas grills on their decks or balconies.  “It is going to impact tens of thousands of people who live in condo associations,” said David Firmin, an attorney whose law firm represents some 2,500 HOAs, primarily in the mountains.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hawai?i Residents Fighting Wildfires Before They Happen May 9, 2024
    Seven years ago, Erin Peyton made her home on this small island known for its Hawaiian culture, its broad sandy beaches, and high cliffs.  Despite Moloka?i’s natural beauty and rural charm, Peyton understood that the dry grasses and wild foliage surrounding her townhome complex could also fuel destructive wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners fund their own fire prevention efforts using an aggressive team of goats in a volatile canyon (CA) May 6, 2024
    Homeowners in the Eucalyptus Hill Improvement Association (EHIA) have brought in a herd of goats to begin reducing the fire dangers in a canyon that could be explosive in a wildland fire.  The EHIA said its 700 members want to get ahead of the wildfire dangers this year as they have before, in this very rugged area. If humans were in there, they would have to contend with poison oak and steep hills to remove the weeds and brush.    Read ...
  • Storing e-bikes, e-scooters in your condo? A handful of B.C. strata councils say no March 21, 2024
    Faced with growing concerns about e-bike and e-scooter battery fires, a small but growing number of strata councils in the province are banning them from buildings.  “The number of strata corporations, … probably 15 or 20, have in the last year taken the position, ‘We’re not going to permit them at all,’” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New law means an HOA can’t stop you from hardening your home against wildfires (CO) March 15, 2024
    A new state law voids homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using building materials that are more resistant to wildfires.  Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislation this week. In a statement, he said the new law should help homeowners safeguard their homes and save money on insurance.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Green Valley HOAs get Firewise ball rolling (AZ) March 9, 2024
    Three communities in Green Valley have become designated Firewise USA sites, and are encouraging homeowners associations to do the same to help protect Green Valley from wildfires.  The Firewise USA award is given to communities that have put in a lot of time, effort and planning to educate homeowners in wildfire safety and mitigate the impact of wildfires.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Some Colorado HOAs ban using fire-resistant building materials. This proposed law could overrule that February 22, 2024
    A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers advance bill that would void HOA rules that block wildfire-hardening (CO) February 21, 2024
    A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Many Colorado HOAs have rules that make homes more vulnerable to wildfires. New legislation could block those. February 2, 2024
    Colorado lawmakers on Friday advanced new legislation that would make it easier to build or upgrade homes to harden them against wildfires. The legislation would void language in existing homeowners’ association bylaws, deed restrictions or property contracts that prevent residents from installing or using fire-resistant building materials. It would also prohibit new restrictions.Read the article…………………………….
  • How To’s & Quick Tips Fire Sprinkler System Cost Factors and Considerations: Why It’s Worth It December 21, 2023
    A residential fire sprinkler system is well documented to save lives and protect property. Fire sprinkler system cost typically falls between $0.80 and $7 per square foot with a national average of $2 per square foot.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Canyon Lake POA completes sale of fire station to City of Canyon Lake (CA) December 8, 2023
    In a historic move, today marks the culmination of 11 months of negotiations as the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association completes the sale of the fire station to the City of Canyon Lake. Escrow is expected to close today, December 8.    Read the article……………………………
  • Powering E-Devices Safely: There Are Fires … And There Are E-Device Fires December 7, 2023
    All over the news, from coast to coast, reports of fires and explosions caused by lithium-ion batteries describe blazes that are out of control, difficult to extinguish, and excessively smokey. Tragically, many have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries, and certainly all have caused extensive damage to properties and the environment.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Tower Fire Is Reminder Of Lack Of Sprinklers In Older Buildings (HI) December 1, 2023
    There were no sprinklers when a fire broke out Thursday, shooting flames and black smoke from the 14th floor of a condo tower in Ala Moana, but the residents knew what to do.  Recently installed fire alarms and a public address system called on them to evacuate, and so they did.    Read the article………………………….
  • Why Fire Prevention Emphasis is More Important Than Most Boards Think November 29, 2023
    “CONDO FIRES ARE RARELY CONTAINED TO ONE UNIT” This site has tracked condominium fires for over 18 years now.  The initial reason we started the tracking is because a fire in a condo unit usually takes out more than one home.  For that reason, we created an entire separate category for  Fire Safety & Prevention.    Why is this more important now than it was in the past? 4 reasons:We are seeing forest and brush fires take out entire communities more ...
  • Half of home heating fires occur in December, January and February — How to stay warm and safe November 29, 2023
    With the arrival of the cold temperatures, Wilmerding Fire Marshal Alvin Hussey is warning homeowners to be careful while trying to stay warm.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Fireplace Safety November 22, 2023
    As the colder weather sets in, many people are rushing to light their fireplaces to create a cozy and warm ambiance. If you have a woodburning fireplace in your home, it’s crucial to keep fireplace safety in mindto ensure the well-being of your household and your neighbors in your HOA community during the winter season. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and warm during the winter!   Read the article………………………..
  • Water gushed for 72 minutes after Reno high-rise fire was put out. What went wrong? (NV) October 28, 2023
    After a kitchen fire was put out last year on the top floor of a downtown Reno high-rise, water continued to pour from a hallway sprinkler.  It took 49 minutes from the time the sprinkler triggered an alarm until the Reno Fire Department arrived at 1200 Riverside Drive and knocked down the fire on the 11th floor.     Read the article………………………………
  • Los Robles Estates Homeowners Association has become a nationally recognized Firewise USA community. “What that means” (CA) October 27, 2023
    Residents of a Thousand Oaks neighborhood have come together to lower their wildfire risk. In so doing, the Los Robles Estates Homeowners Association has become a nationally recognized Firewise USA community. “What that means is that we have now received national recognition for having a framework for this community to be able to lower their wildfire risk     Read the article…………………………..
  • Smoke Alarms and Fire Prevention Systems in Illinois Community Associations October 18, 2023
    …….discusses legal updates impacting smoke alarms and fire prevention systems in Illinois condominium, homeowner (HOA), and townhome community associations.   Listen to the podcast………………………………
  • Convenient clean up in Lakeview Meadows (BC) October 15, 2023
    Knowing that the best way to fight wildfire is to do the necessary work well in advance, homeowners in the new Lakeview Meadows community in Windermere decided to evaluate the landscaping around their properties. Residents of the community made a mutual goal to improve their resilience to potentially disastrous wildfires.     Read the article………………………………..
  • Fire Safety Tips For Homeowners Associations And Managed Community Leaders October 6, 2023
    Fire danger is something all communities face. These fire prevention tips can help promote safety in condo buildings and neighborhoods.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • A battle is brewing over a bill that would require sprinklers be added to older condos (PA) October 5, 2023
    Fire safety experts agree that sprinklered buildings are safer, but opponents to a new mandate say that requiring them in old buildings will be too expensive and disruptive to the lives of occupants.   Read the article……………………….
  • Montgomery County’s Existing High-Rise Building Sprinkler Program Maryland 2023 (MD) September 21, 2023
    As of February 2023, a total of seventy-six (76) high rise buildings in Montgomery County do not have sprinklers in each unit. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year. Yet, the risk of dying in a home fire decreases by about 80% when a home is equipped with a fire sprinkler system. Accordingly, for the safety of residents, visitors, and first responders, the Maryland State Fire Marshall has mandated ...
  • Condo Smarts: Strata can prohibit outdoor cooking on balconies and decks (BC) September 2, 2023
    Dear Tony: Our neighbour recently had a fire in their barbeque. The damage to our two townhouses was siding, decks and extensive smoke damage as everyone had their windows open. Our home insurance is covering the damage to our personal property and interior of the strata lot, but the neighbour does not have home owner insurance.    Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Playing with fire (mitigation) (CO) August 21, 2023
    Repeated studies have shown global climate change is leading to larger, more severe wildfires.  The raging infernos that sparked Aug. 8 in Maui leveled thousands of homes and killed more than 100 people. The entire Canadian town of Yellowknife, which is about the size of Durango, was forced to evacuate last week under threat by fires pushing up against the town’s edges.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowner raises fire risk concerns with overgrown brush in Chula Vista (CA) August 4, 2023
    Homeowners in the South Bay say they’re concerned about overgrown brush around their neighborhood and the fire risks it could pose to nearby homes.  CBS 8 went to work to find out who was responsible for the brush cleanup and what was being done about it.    Read the article………………………..
  • Australia: Preventing Winter Fire Hazards August 3, 2023
    Winter is well and truly upon us and statistics show that almost half of unit fires are started in the kitchen and 58% of all fire fatalities occur in winter. With winter well and truly here, let’s take the time to brush up of safety measures and be prepared if you haven’t already to reduce the risk of fires occurring which can lead to loss of property, major burns and even worse, the loss of a life.   Read the article………………………..
  • Village of Oak Creek HOA earns a ‘Firewise’ title (AZ) July 31, 2023
    The La Barranca II Homeowners Association in the Village of Oak Creek received its Firewise certification and accompanying signage at its entrance at the intersection of Jacks Canyon Road and La Barranca Drive on the morning of Wednesday, July 26.   Read the article………………………..
  • Council chair pressured to rescind costly condo fire sprinkler law (HI) July 30, 2023
    Condominium associations are lobbying Honolulu City Council Chair Tommy Waters to repeal a law that requires high-rise condos to install costly fire sprinkler systems, prompting Waters to seek input from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.   Read the article………………………..
  • Second annual running of the goats held in Malibu West (CA) July 29, 2023
    The community spirit of the Malibu West neighborhood was on display last Saturday as residents joyously gathered for its second annual running of the goats. Young and old paraded down Paseo Canyon Drive cheering 250 goats hired to clear dangerous brush surrounding their neighborhood.   Read the article………………………..
  • 6 Condo Fire Safety Best Practices July 13, 2023
    Fire danger is something that condominium communities across North America all face. A fire can spread quickly, doubling in size or raging out of control in 30 seconds or less. And while some factors, like dry landscaping and unattended flames, can increase the risk of fires, education about fire safety is the best method of prevention. Understanding fire safety best practices can enhance community living and help residents have fun more comfortably.   Read the article………………………..
  • Barbecue grills must be approved by the HOA (NV) July 8, 2023
    Q: We have a homeowners association board that pretty much agrees on most things except we are having difficulty with a portion of article 3.6 of the covenants, conditions and restrictions. What is your take on “there shall be no open fires whatsoever” as it pertains to the rest of the article?   Read the Q&A…………………………
  • A Pending Hawai‘i Law Pushes Residential High Rises to Install Fire Sprinklers, or Get Working on Their Plans July 6, 2023
    After the deadly Marco Polo fire of 2017, older Honolulu high rises were required to install sprinkler systems or pass a safety evaluation, but compliance is slow going. Now state legislation asks them to add the costly systems to their reserve studies.   Read the article………………………..
  • Reno Fire, NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry Using Goats to Reduce Wildfire Risk (NV) June 28, 2023
    In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire risk in Rosewood Canyon, the Reno Fire Department, NV Energy, and the Nevada Division of Forestry are teaming up to use goats as fire mitigation tools.  On June 5, goats from High Desert Graziers from Smith Valley started to graze approximately 16 acres of property owned by the Skyline View and Caughlin Homeowners Association    Read the article………………………..
  • Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony? (ON) June 8, 2023
    It’s BBQ season! With it, comes questions pertaining to BBQ safety and neighbourly etiquette. This is particularly true in condo living and even more so when one lives in a mid to high-rise complex, where occupants have the exclusive use of a balcony.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mesa Antero, Chateau Chapparal named Firewise USA (CO) June 8, 2023
    The Mesa Antero Property Owners’ Association and Chateau Chapparal Owners’ Associations received official designations as Firewise USA sites at the end of May, bringing Chaffee County up to seven such designated neighborhoods.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire Safety and Prevention for HOA Communities in Sacramento (CA) June 7, 2023
    As an HOA community in Sacramento, fire safety should be one of your top priorities. Preventing fires from happening and being prepared in the event of an emergency can minimize danger and avoid severe damage.   Read the article………………………..
  • When is it antisocial to grill? The rules from the experts June 4, 2023
    Being a good neighbor doesn’t cost anything, and under the terms of HOA, being a bad one could be pretty expensive   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA becomes first Firewise USA site in Green Valley (AZ) May 19, 2023
    One Green Valley neighborhood is making history as the first local homeowners association to become a certified Firewise USA site.  Bill Hollingsworth, a board member with Solar Del Viejo HOA, accepted the award Wednesday on behalf of his community alongside representatives from the Green Valley Fire District and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.   Read the article………………………..
  • Marshall fire-affected HOA may be first in Colorado to allow metal fencing (CO) April 29, 2023
    In what many Marshall Fire victims are hoping will become a movement to embrace safety over aesthetics, the Rock Creek Homeowners Association modernized the rules. It voted unanimously Thursday to allow its 65 Marshall Fire victims, and anyone else who lives in the community, to rebuild using metal fire-proof fencing.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire Sprinkler/ELSS Update for High Rise Buildings (FL) April 26, 2023
    If you own a unit in a high-rise condominium or manage such condominiums, you are likely aware that the Condominium Act requires that the condominium buildings must be retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life-safety system (ELSS). The Condominium Act provides that the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) may not require completion of such system before January 1, 2024.  Read the article………………………..
  • ‘They wanted to be putting that fire out’: Pasco homeowner says broken hydrant led to delays in fighting blaze (FL) April 19, 2023
    A Pasco County man believes a fire hydrant that wasn’t working led to delays in fighting the fire that damaged his home.  The ABC Action News I-Team uncovered that when it comes to inspections and maintenance of fire hydrants, not all hydrants are treated equally.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rebuilding the 80027: Rock Creek HOA debates fire-resistant fencing (CO) April 11, 2023
    As the Marshall fire whipped through Superior’s Rock Creek Ranch subdivision, one firefighter clocked the amount of time it took for each house to explode into flames: Seven minutes.  No one had ever seen such a destructive fire in the middle of winter.   Read the article………………………..
  • 2023 Update to Illinois Smoke Detector Act: What Do Illinois Community Associations Need to Know? March 22, 2023
    In August of 2017, the Illinois Smoke Detector Act (“Act”) was amended to include additional requirements for smoke detectors in residences, and these new requirements took effect on January 1, 2023.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philly condo, apartment residents protest a bill to add sprinklers to old buildings (PA) March 17, 2023
    Philadelphia Councilmember Mark Squilla found himself besieged Thursday by high-rise condo and apartment dwellers angered by a bill he introduced almost a year ago.  The legislation would mandate installation of sprinkler systems in older buildings over six stories.    Read the article………………………..
  • Fire Extinguisher Inspections March 15, 2023
    Portable fire extinguishers are often times our first line of defense against small fires and chances are you aren’t too far from one right now. Like any lifesaving equipment you want to ensure that it is operable at all times so it will work when you need it most.  Read the article………………………..
  • Residents at Somers condo, site of fatal 2022 fire, said broken hydrant is in urgent need of repairs (NY) March 4, 2023
    Residents in the Heritage Hills Condos in Somers are furious over a fire hydrant that has been out of service for almost a year.  They say they have tried for months to get it fixed to no avail.    Read the article………………………..

 

Here are some additional resources regarding fire safety:

Hidden Home Fire Hazards and How to Eliminate Them https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/hidden-home-fire-hazards-and-how-to-eliminate-them

Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Prevention and Evacuation https://www.redfin.com/blog/fire-safety-for-people-with-disabilities

Disaster Safety and Prevention: Protecting Your Home and Family https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/disaster-safety-and-prevention/

How to Protect Yourself and Your Home Against Wildfires https://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/5064/protect-home-wildfires/

Do Your Home Materials Pose a Fire Risk? https://www.angieslist.com/articles/do-your-home-materials-pose-fire-risk.htm

Homeowner Fire Safety Products Near You https://www.homedepot.com/b/Electrical-Fire-Safety/N-5yc1vZbmgb

Home Fire Safety for Kids and Home Owners http://modularhomeowners.com/home-fire-safety-for-kids-and-home-owners/




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