Most in-home fires are caused by ordinary things like a stove burner, candle, space heater or extension cord. Mental lapses, poor judgment and carelessness make these things dangerous.
Thankfully, by exercising good safety habits and taking simple prevention steps, you can cut down on deadly and damaging fire risks.
First, always be sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly and replace those that are more than 10 years old.
Cooktops. Never leave the kitchen while something is cooking on the stove. Keep combustibles, such as curtains and wall hangings, at least three feet from the stove.
Space heaters. Keep them at least three feet away from drapes and bedding, and plug them directly into outlets, not extension cords. Don’t use space heaters while sleeping.
Wood stoves and fireplaces. Empty ashes in a metal container and store them outside away from combustibles for at least a week before disposing of them in the trash. Be sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned annually. Keep any combustibles at least five feet away from the stove or fireplace.
Electrical equipment. Replace undersized or frayed extension cords. Never run an extension cord under a rug. Call an electrician if circuit breakers regularly trip or if your electrical box has a warm cover. Don’t use light bulbs that exceed a fixture’s recommended maximum wattage.
Appliances. Ensure combustion chamber covers are in place on water heaters. Clean all lint from a dryer’s back service panel and from the vent line. Replace vinyl vent lines with smooth, metal ducts.
Smoking. Don’t smoke in bed. Use large ashtrays on tables. Soak ashtrays under the faucet before throwing cigarette butts in the trash.
Candles. Use tip-proof containers. Burn candles only while you’re awake and in the same room. Keep candles at least three feet away from combustibles.
Matches and lighters. Store out of the reach of children.
Since we are still in hurricane season, we thought it would be good to provide some additional safety tips. During extreme weather events, mobile devices can be essential tools for keeping in touch with family and monitoring response and recovery efforts. Before a severe storm hits, make sure your mobile device is prepared.
Start a texting tree:
When communication channels are disrupted, texting may be the only available way to stay connected. Create a network of contacts on your smartphone so you can quickly reach out to others in your community.
Set up Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):
WEA are emergency text messages sent through your wireless carrier by government authorities, including local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service. The alerts can help you stay informed when you may not have access to television or radio and can help keep you safe during a crisis. Messages include extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts and presidential alerts during a national emergency. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable and carrier participation, visit www.ctia.org/wea or contact your wireless carrier.
Use mobile banking and insurance apps:
Banking and insurance apps allow you to move money, pay bills, deposit checks and file claims from your smartphone.
Prepare for power outages:
If you have advanced warning of a severe weather event, make sure to fully charge your phone. Keep a car phone charger and spare battery on hand as well; if power is out for an extended period, your car can serve as a valuable energy source.
Ellen Brown will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Board Member Certiification class for HOA and condominium board members on November 11th in the Meadows.
Congratulations Colleen Lloyd for passing the State test today and becoming a licensed CAM (Community Association Manager)!
C&S has been urging Colleen to take her test for some time as she has acquired more experience and knowledge than many long term CAMs in her role as an administrative assistant with C&S.
We are very proud of Colleen and know that her future client associations will be in very good hands.
Congratulations to Ellen Brown, our latest to be awarded the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
PCAM is the highest designation a community association manager can be awarded and requires an extensive range of education, experience, professional involvement, and specialized classes ending with a comprehensive case study. The PCAM program takes at least five years to complete all requirements.
Ellen is a District Manager with C&S and will be attending the formal PCAM awards presentation in Las Vegas. Ellen, we are very proud of you!
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Hurricanes and unlicensed contractors seem to always go hand in hand. Ken Lawson, DBPR Secretary, sent out this letter today which we want to pass on to you:
Throughout the week, the entire nation has been observing Hurricane Preparedness Week together. As Floridians, we especially understand the importance of preparing for the potential damage of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tropical storms. With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicking off on Sunday, I want to remind Floridians of the ways to protect themselves from unlicensed activity scams, both before and after a storm.
Whether your home or business is in need of maintenance in preparation of hurricane season or repairs due to hurricane damage, you’ll likely need to hire a construction contractor to get the job done. Most construction contractors in Florida require licensure with DBPR, and it’s essential that you and your family understand the ways to protect yourselves from unlicensed individuals posing as licensed professionals.
First, make sure you know the common storm-related services that require state licensure. Roof repairs, roof installations, window installations, plumbing repairs and electrical repairs or rewiring all require a state license with DBPR. Common storm-related services that do not require state licensure include trimming or removal of fallen trees, removal of debris or placement of tarps on roofs. For the full list of construction industry services that DBPR licenses and regulates, visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html. Don’t forget to check with local building departments to determine if there are any additional permitting or licensing requirements in your area.
Once a service requiring state licensure is needed, always verify the professional license with DBPR prior to hiring or signing a contract. You can verify licenses on the DBPR website at www.myfloridalicense.com, over the phone at 850-487-1395 or on your mobile device using the DBPR Mobile app. Double check that the individual’s license is current and in good standing and that the information they provide matches the information on record with DBPR.
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In the 80's there were 36,000 community associations, last year the number had grown to 328,500. On top of the list is Florida with 46,000 followed by California with 42,500. Also during this period the number of HOA communities have passed condominiums. Over 65 million people now live in community associations making up 24 percent of the homes in the US. The value of these homes is over $4.6 trillion and they are directed by 1,675,000 board members.
These are just a few of the statistics reported along with the why and how in the CAI 2013 Review. You may see the complete publication by clicking here.
It is official. Our new name is:
C&S Community Management Services, Inc.
When we began in the 80’s, condominiums were becoming heavily regulated and began hiring management companies and licensed managers. It was many years later before there were many HOA's using professional management. Since C&S began in the 80's we picked a name appropriate to the times. Now half of our clients are HOA's so it is time for us to drop Condominium from our name and use Community in its place.
Instead of C&S Condominium Management Services, Inc., we are now C&S Community Management Services, Inc. The CSCMSI stays the same so it does not affect our email or website address. Also our logo and most everything else remains the same. And of course we really like simply being known as C&S!
1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool
2. Learning and practicing water safety skills
3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa
Find more tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.
Also check out Water Safety Month.
Ready to tackle a few home improvement projects? There’s an app for that.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas
This highly-rated app—4.5 out of 5 stars in the Apple store—lets you discover ideas for your home through a large database of design ideas. You can browse photos by style, room and location, and save them to a virtual idea book. You can also find product and local professionals, and read articles by renovation experts. You can save your ideas for offline access and ask for advice from the app’s community. Available free in both Apple and Android stores.
There are many paint color apps, but this one lets you save colors based on their PANTONE ID and create colors palettes from inspiration. You’ll be able to share the exact hue you like with designers, manufacturers, family and friends. It suggests complementary colors too. Available for $9.99 in the Apple store and $7.99 in the Android store.
This app turns your phone into the tools you need to complete your improvement project. It features:
Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar also can be used as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen. Available for $1.99 in both Apple and Android stores.