Ask Mike - From the Field: safety first

Mike's images from the field. What the inspector saw...

posted on May 12th, 2014
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Old Electric Heaters
These old bathroom heaters are still common. Little fingers easily pass through. Towels nearby may easily catch fire. These heaters should be removed. read more
posted on Apr 1st, 2014
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All Chimneys are a Hazard
All brick chimneys pose a risk in an earthquake. Your neighbor’s chimney may be more of a hazard to you than to the neighbor. Which way will it fall? read more
posted on Jan 7th, 2014
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Asbestos is Everywhere
Damaged asbestos is very common. Complete removal by a certified professional is routine in the Bay Area. read more
posted on Jan 7th, 2014
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100 Year Old Brickwork
All old brickwork is a hazard in an earthquake. Repointing old brick will not make it safe in an earthquake. Steel braces have little or no value. read more
posted on Oct 19th, 2013
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Large Untempered Glass Surfaces
Large panes of untempered glass are a serious safety hazard both for accidentally walking through and breakage in earthquakes. read more
posted on Mar 12th, 2013
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Stairs are Dangerous
Many accidents happen on stairs. Large openings in railings and untempered glass in windows are a hazard. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
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Dispose of Your Old Chemicals
Many homes have a stock of very old and dangerous chemicals. Proper disposal is important. Most counties have drop-off stations for these chemicals. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
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Unfortunate Ceiling Fan Placement
Honey, would you get the Christmas decorations from the attic? Honey? read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
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Look Out for Old Gas-Fired Heaters
Carbon Monoxide detectors will soon be required. Why wait? Get one now. Old gas-fired heaters may be leaking below the floor level. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
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Unsafe Stairways
Again- watch out for your 2-year old and his little friends. read more