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0002 [PDF] Hints from Heloise: Circuit breaker can help save lives.

Contributed to our Library by one of our home pros, home inspector Russel Ray of The HomeTeam Inspection Service in San Diego, California.

This letter to the syndicated newspaper column "Hints From Heloise" is about t... click to read more

0003 [PDF] Arc-fault circuit interrupters

Contributed to our Library by one of our home pros, home inspector Russel Ray of The HomeTeam Inspection Service in San Diego, California.

This file includes a graphic illustrating the code requirements of the 2002 National Electrical Code for... click to read more

0004 [PDF] Carbon monoxide detectors

Contributed to our Library by one of our home pros, home inspector Russel Ray of The HomeTeam Inspection Service in San Diego, California.

This is a human interest story by Sarah Thomsen about a Wisconsin hospital that usually sees one case of carb... click to read more

0030 [PDF] Is it the flu or carbon monoxide poisoning?

This contribution to our Library was written by one of our home pros, home inspector Erby Crofut, of B4U Close Home Inspections in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The article discusses the similarities between flu symptoms and symptoms from... click to read more

0031 [PDF] Is your home as safe as you can make it?

This contribution to our Library was written by one of our home pros, home inspector Erby Crofut, of B4U Close Home Inspections in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The article discusses ways to make your home safe from fires and carbon monoxide... click to read more

0038 [LINK] This is the web site for a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide innovative solutions to housing-related issues for the betterment of our society and communities through its programs, education, and assistance.

0044 [LINK] At this web site, you can research safety concerns and recalls on most consumer products and subscribe to recall notices by email. Report an unsafe product. Sign up for email announcements whenever a recall is issued. Large library of very helpful publications. Special section fo... click to read more

0052 [LINK] A great web site for broadening your knowledge about fires, especially about how products in our homes work, fail, and start fires. Relevant to gas plumbing, appliances, fireplaces, chimneys, and more. Offers a $25 reward for interesting case studies concerning fire origins. Quar... click to read more

0061 [PDF] Subscribing by email to product recall notices.

This article was contributed to our Library by one of our home pros, home inspector Russel Ray, of The HomeTeam Inspection Service in San Diego, California.

Detailed instructions on how to look up recall notices and subscr... click to read more

0075 [LINK] A technical, industry-oriented web site about welding, but there are useful articles scattered throughout the site, particularly in the publications section. The safety and health fact sheets are very useful for anyone doing welding, especially the do-it-yourself home owner. Some... click to read more

0095 [JPG] Hot water burns: Time required to burn adult skin.

This table shows the time required for hot water at specific temperatures to produce second and third degree burns on adult skin. Note that babies or young children will burn much faster.

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Cement and your skin.
How to eliminate cement burns and cement dermatitis. A useful article for those working with concrete.

0124 [JPG] Window safety.

Safety and code requirements for windows greater than nine square feet in dimension.

0130 [PDF] Water temperature guide.

Helpful water temperature guide depicting water temperatures commonly used at various areas and in various appliances in our homes.

0139 [PDF] Asbestos in the home.

Publication from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This 8-page publication will help you understand asbestos: what it is, its health effects, where it is in your home, and what to do about it.

Major sections: How to identify materials th... click to read more

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Sources of indoor air pollution: Asbestos.

Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers int... click to read more

0159 [LINK] Informative web site about all sorts of health and safety issues, including environmental concerns such as asbestos and lead.

0160 [LINK] Informative web site about health and safety issues, including subjects such as asbestos and lead.

0162 [LINK] Web site for a San Diego, California, bee removal company. Some useful information concerning bees and bee removal. Check out "Bee Fact #4."

0171 [PDF] This publication was issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. It contains very helpful information and safety tips about carbon monoxide, using portable generators, proper use of temporary wiring such as e... click to read more

0179 [LINK] This is the best site on the Internet for updated information about carbon monoxide news and worldwide injuries and deaths. It is updated regularly to provide the most recent news.

If you're a service professional trying to convey to your Clients the dangers of carbon monoxi... click to read more

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Table showing carbon monoxide levels as parts per million and as a percentage of air, as well as inhalation times and toxic symptoms.

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Carbon monoxide FAQs.

This is an interesting FAQ because the information is presented from the point of view of a gas professional rather than from the view of the consumer. Good information and interesting perspective.

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Carbon monoxide investigations.

Useful background information on carbon monoxide, its properties and effects, exposure standards, appropriate testing equipment, and how to determine the source of carbon monoxide.

0204 [LINK] Restoration and reconstruction services.

Web site for a global leader in restoration and reconstruction services when your home has been damaged from fire, water, wind, or mold. Their services are available 24/7 and a toll-free number is available.

0207 [PDF] This Library contribution came from one of our home pros, home inspector James Eubank of Eubank Inspections in Colorado.

A pamphlet by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Answers such questions as:
What is radon? Why should I be concerned? How common i... click to read more

0212 [PDF] A one-page summary about how asbestos revolutionized technology, but at a long-term price. Discusses asbestos use as wire insulation, fireproof insulation, pipe and duct insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, and sprayed acoustic ceilings (also called popcorn ceilings or cottage ch... click to read more

0235 [LINK] The aluminum wiring web site: How to identify and repair aluminum wiring, sources of COPALUM electricians, and alternative aluminum wiring repair methods.
This web site discusses aluminum wiring overheating and fire hazards, how to recognize aluminum wiring in buildings, how to ... click to read more

0236 [PDF] Aluminum wiring repair.
This 4-page document (260 KB) comes from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Includes background on aluminum wiring, warning signs, what the homeowner can do, and repair methods.

0238 [PDF] Asbestos advisory for homeowners.
Document from Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality about removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials.

0239 [PDF] Asbestos in the home: A homeowner's guide.
This document, from Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, what asbestos is, how it is dangerous, where it can be found, how to identify it, how to take a sample, and what to do if you have asbestos-containing materials in your h... click to read more

0243 [PDF] Water contamination through backflow.
Descriptions of known backflow incidents contaminating potable water supply, 1923 through 1995.
159 pages, 452 KB

0246 [PDF] How to protect yourself and others from burns while welding.
24 KB

0254 [PDF] A citizen's guide to radon.
Environmental Protection Agency document about radon risks, what radon is, where it can be found, how it gets into our homes, testing, water wells, lowering radon levels, higher risk for smokers, radon myths, further resources.
16 pages, 1.7 MB

0261 [PDF] March 2006 newspaper story about carbon monoxide death and injury in Ohio.

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Tips for working in hot weather.
Issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. Includes links to other OSHA documents: "Working Outdoors," "Heat Stress Card," "Protecting Yourself Against Harmful Sunlight," and links to web sites ... click to read more

0276 [PDF] Combustion safety.
Presentation at the RESNET conference in San Antonio in 2005. Propane, natural gas, combustion air, guidelines, ignition sources, drafting/venting, open and closed combustion appliances, pressure problems, ductwork, and carbon monoxide.
7 pages, 1.1 MB

0289 [PDF] Annual maintenance of gas appliances recommended.
Routine maintenance of a home’s appliances will ensure they operate with maximum efficiency, correctly, and safely.
4 pages, 420 KB

0302 [PDF] What to expect: Guide to a healthy home.
Geared to families with children. From the playroom to the playground, everything you and your family need to know to help keep your home healthier during cold and flu season and all year round. Bedroom, bathroom, allergens (dust mites, m... click to read more

0303 [PDF] Hidden hazards in your home.
This is an 8-page document that looks like it is meant to be used when teaching young children about common household hazards.
3.7 MB

0369 [PDF] The dishwasher exploded.
Pictures and explanation of how a dishwasher can explode.
2 pages, 44 KB

0405 [PDF] Solving indoor air quality problems.
2 pages, 93 KB

0408 [PDF] 52 questions and their answers relating to hot water safety.
16 pages, 103 KB

0424 [PDF] Protect your family from lead in your home.
This brochure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is probably the most useful information I've found about lead.
16 pages, 746 KB

0425 [PDF] GAMA supports carbon monoxide alarm standards and education. Discusses carbon monoxide, alarms, safety, and educating the public.
3 pages, 440 KB

0428 [PDF] Helpful hints on home electricity Vol 10.
The ABC's of dorm room safety
Wired versus wireless: How do you choose?
Portable heaters: A hot bed for hazards
The well-kept secret in home decorating
Ensuring a calm, bright holiday season
Are electrical hazards cooking in your ki... click to read more

0432 [PDF] Helpful hints on home electricity, Vol 9.
How safe are you in your home?
Clothes dryer fires: How to prevent them.
Cut back on your energy bill.
Don't let your hot tub get you into hot water.
Don't let electrical mishaps spoil Father's Day fun.
Tips on automating your home.... click to read more

0446 [PDF] A brief guide to mold, moisture, and your home.
This guide from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.
Mold basics, mold cleanup and... click to read more

0489 [PDF] Fireblocking (firestopping) and draftstopping.
Fireblocking is intended to resist the spread of flames while draftstopping is intended to resist the passage of smoke and gases. Desired locations, accepted materials, balloon framing, soffits, drop ceilings, cove ceilings, stairs,... click to read more

0498 [PDF] First Alert smoke and fire alarm user's manual.
Fire safety tips, recommended locations and locations to avoid, understanding light and horn patterns, weekly testing, regular maintenance, smoke alarm limitations.
6 pages, 667 KB

0507 [PDF] Technicians play key safety role after a flood.
Although this document specifically concerns flooding after Hurrican Katrina, it can be applied to any situation where a flood has occurred. Very good information about safety checks, personal protection, legal protection, and when... click to read more

0513 [PDF] The do's and don'ts of venting your gas space heater.
Illustrations of deadly mistakes. Carbon monoxide.
1 page, 363 KB.

0514 [PDF] The ins and outs of keeping your home safe from deadly levels of carbon monoxide.
Installing and inspecting gas appliances, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, venting problems.
1 page, 369 KB

0515 [PDF] Tight homes can affect combustion appliances.
How to determine appliance backdrafting, depressurization, regulations.
5 pages, 457 KB

0527 [PDF] To be safe, vent by the rules.
Properly venting space and water heating equipment. Appliance category definitions (Category I, Category II, Category III, Category IV).
2 pages, 303 KB

 

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