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This is how myself and some other fire department personnel from Alabama and Florida spent our morning. I do not know if anyone was texting, but I am saying always think safety. A text, phone call or other distraction from driving can cause major wrecks and more.

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This wreck kept traffic backed up for hours trying to cross the Lillian bridge.

Please be safe and use your head

As I have discussed before safety is always a concern during home inspections. Whether I’m in a crawlspace with vermin and mold, a roof too steep or too high to climb and some wild animal life around the home there is always some danger.

The other day I encountered all of these at one inspection.

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This building was being guarded by an alligator and shark!

I have written about the amount of hours by approved vendors that is needed to stay up to date and in good standards with both ASHI.org and the states requirements for both Florida and Alabama.

As of a few days ago Inspection World 2015 ended a week long session of educational training classes in Philadelphia, PA. I am told there were nearly 600 home inspectors attending the available classes!

Through ASHI.org inspectors can get several on-line hours throughout the year plus a web site  forum for inspectors to ask other inspectors questions and get some of the latest information on different ways to perform inspections.

Let’s not forget all the “Tools” required. My wife thinks I have enough tools (toys) already, but…..there is always something new.

I have started looking into Drones for use on some of the high roof tops I can’t reach with a standard ladder. Currently there are some restrictions due to FAA regulations. I will keep looking into it and hope to pioneer this field.

Here is just one of many samples I found on the internet

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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU51Ib3DBfU

We are often confronted with potential unsafe conditions.

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Whether it’s entering crawlspaces under homes or trying to make it through a golf tournament.

 

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You just never know all the Things We Do.

Yes, more fire safety talk. It seems everywhere I turn lately there is more convincing evidence that most of our current smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are not as safe as we would like to think. I’m talking about Ionization type. A few quick Google searches and a newer type called “Photoelectric” will keep popping up.

Both types can and do alert us, but there are some big differences. Below are some samples of what I have come to learn recently along with some interesting quotes.

Will combination units be the next best thing?!

“A smoke detector that sounds approximately nineteen minutes after smoke reached its sensing chamber is like an airbag that does not deploy until nineteen minutes after
a car accident.”

- Judge David E. Schoenthaler, Mercer v. Pitway/BRK Brands (First Alert)

Among the objectives of a smoke characterization study conducted by UL in 2007 were to develop recommendations to UL 217 and allow for the development of new smoke-sensing technologies. As a result of UL’s project, the following was identified for future consideration: “Requiring the use of combination ionization and photoelectric alarms for residential use in order to maximize responsiveness to a broad range of fires.”

The reason for this recommendation was that “Some of the evaluated flaming and non-flaming test scenarios triggered one but not both photo and ion alarms within the alarm response time criteria specified in UL 217.”

Ionization alarms are notorious for nuisance tripping. They frequently go off when you cook, burn toast, shower, etc. When alarms nuisance trip, people become frustrated and intentionally disable them. Most of us, including myself have removed a battery or pulled a unit off the wall intending to “fix it tomorrow”

In summary…I am heading to my local Big Box store to look at some combination units, I think you should do the same

I recently inspected this home built in the early 1970’s. The ceiling was a textured type and it looked like the older Celotex type covering. It felt more like Styrofoam. So, I found a loose piece of about 2″ square and brought it home to do some research. I got out a lighter and held it onto the piece for seconds – it didn’t stop burning and smoking for over a minute!