Changing Smoke Detector Batteries

By Robert Robillard

Daylight Savings Means Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries Changing smoke detector batteries is something most people forget to do.  A good way to remember to do this is to time it when you change your clocks for day light savings.   Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms too. Daylight…

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Warmup Electric Snow Melting Mat System

By Robert Robillard

Installing Warmup Driveway Snow-Melting Mat As a remodeling contractor I advise on, and oversee, a lot of hardscaping projects. Recently, I’ve seen an increase in snow-melting system installations. Why Install a Snow Melting System? Living in the North means shoveling snow, salting your walkway and stairs, and plowing your driveway (or paying someone to do…

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SmartCord Safety Extension Cord

By Robert Robillard

SmartCord Heat-Sensing Safety Cord Every year there are over 50,000 electrical-related fires, and 3,300 of them involved an improperly used extension cord.  People simply put too many items on extension cords, overloading them, which creates excessive heat and creates a spart and starts a fire. The vast majority of residential fire fatalities are due to…

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Halloween Costumes And Safety Tips

By Robert Robillard

Halloween Safety For Kids: Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for their kids. Taking a few steps towards ensuring that your kids enjoy this night is worth the effort.   Using a few Halloween Costume And Safety tips and some common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season. Halloween…

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Personal Safety And Risk Reduction

By Robert Robillard

Personal Safety And Risk Reduction Staying Safe In An Unsafe World Image: closequartertraining.com Risk Reduction There are no guarantees with anything. No one can say that physical defense is always the absolute right option in every situation. There is also no fighting style or technique that is completely UN-defeat able. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings…

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How To Inspect A Fall Arrest Harness

By Jeff Williams

How To Inspect A Fall Arrest Harness Early in the spring, our masonry construction company held its annual safety day. It’s a day where the whole company comes together to review safety protocols and procedures to ensure that everyone gets home safe at the end of every day. The foreman put on a number of breakout…

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Temporary Job Site Safety

By Jeff Williams

Temporary Job Site Safety In the masonry restoration industry we almost never have the luxury of working on unoccupied buildings. The job site is always at schools, condos, office, or church buildings. Buildings that have people living or working in them at all hours of the day. When working on buildings of this type, not only is…

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Residential Fire Sprinklers

By Robert Robillard

Fire Sprinklers in Residential Construction Smoke detectors help alert you to smoke and fire and may save your life, but not always.  Residential fire  sprinklers put the fire out or seriously control or delay it ~ which saves lives and property. In 2009, there were 356,200 residential fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 2,480 deaths,…

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