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September 2014

Smoke Alarms are a Must!

Realtors should alert clients to fire hazards in their home. This includes advising them to install fire and smoke alarms, for their own safety, as well as prior to listing the home for sale. Smoke alarms, or the lack thereof, will be noted in the home inspector’s report.

smoke-alarmThe National Fire Prevention Association has found that less than one minute may elapse between the time a house is beginning to smoke until it is completely engulfed in flames. When properly installed, smoke alarms can ensure that your clients will wake up in time to get out of a burning home and save their lives. Although smoke alarm laws have been part of the building code for more than 20 years, they are one of the most frequently violated home safety requirements. Many homes have no smoke alarms, have too few, have ones that are incorrectly placed, or ones that don’t work.

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September is National Preparedness Month

What's Your Disaster Plan?

National Preparedness Month LogoIn a major emergency the areas first responders will assist the elderly or people with special needs first. You should make plans to be self-sufficient. provides easy access for the public to existing agencies and available resources, including advice on which resources are best for different needs. Being prepared can prove invaluable to your family’s safety and comfort.

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Yearly Garage Door Maintenance

Checklist for First Time Homeowners

When it comes to household maintenance, garage doors don’t typically top the list in most people’s minds. But a frequent inspection is important nonetheless. Not only can a malfunctioning garage door cause a major headache, but also it can be costly and potentially cause injury.

To get ahead of expensive repairs, it’s important that you conduct routine performance checks. Below is a checklist of garage door tests and maintenance tips you should plan at least once per year.

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