How to Stay Safe While Fixing Up Your Fixer Upper

It has been 3 years since the building explosion took place in Manhattan New York, injuring at least 19 people and leaving 2 more unaccounted for. Private contractors had been hired to complete plumbing and gas work in a residential building and restaurant in East Village and the explosion occurred during building renovations. According to officials, the explosion was caused by a gas leak. Records show there was no up-to-date permit at the time.

Manhattan Building Explosion March 26 2015

Private contractors had been hired to complete plumbing and gas work in a residential building and restaurant in East Village. The explosion occurred during building renovations. Records show there was no up-to-date permit at the time. We remember this tragic incident as a reminder to take the necessary precautions during renovations.

Why You Need a Plumbing Permit

It is required by law:

There are national plumbing codes that must be followed. Most projects require one or more permits, including plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and building permits. Check the national, state, and local regulations to be sure you have all requires permits prior to the commencement of any renovation projects.

It’s a safety measure:

Construction codes are to ensure that properties meet the minimum safety standards and structural requirements.

It protects your investment:

It is unlikely that an insurance company will cover the damage caused during construction when there was no permit assigned prior to the incident.

No one can say for sure that having the right  permits could have prevented this catastrophe, but it could have helped. Building permits require a building to be up-to-date. If the East Village building had been brought up to code prior to construction, perhaps the faulty equipment that caused the gas leak may have been identified in time.

How to Check for a Gas Leak

Check For Gas Leak

Gas safety is something every household should take seriously. According to the CDC, about 430 deaths per year are due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas Leaks also release methane into the atmosphere, which seeps into the soil, killing trees and urban vegetation. In Brookline, this damage from gas leak cost the city one million dollar.

How does it look? Gas leaks, particularly in the home, are the result of gas stoves or boilers that have gone bad due to poor maintenance. Use caution when dealing with an outdated gas appliance.

Do you smell that? The smell is the easiest way to tell if you have a gas leak. If there is a strong smell coming from inside the home that gets worse with proximity to a gas appliance, this could be an indication of a gas leak and you should exit the home or building immediately.

How do you feel? Prolonged exposure to gas will cause you to feel dizzy and light-headed. These are common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you experience this and the feeling goes away after you step outside to get fresh air, then you might have a gas leak.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in any residential or commercial building. If you suspect your property has a gas leak, hire an expert to inspect the space before you purchase or begin renovations.

Along with having a solid permit and checking the gas lines of any building undergoing construction, there should also be a reliable fire protection system in place.

How a Fire System Can Help

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires in buildings undergoing major renovation are responsible for 4 deaths and 65 injuries each year. The report cited cooking equipment as the leading cause of fires in buildings undergoing renovations.

Fire extinguishers and fire alarms are the first step in protecting your home or business from a fire. But when installing a fire system on a large scale for your business, you need a commercial grade fire alarm system to protect your property, your employees, and yourself.

Having the proper fire detection system in place, including quality fire protection equipment and modern fire sprinkler systems, reduces the chance of losing company equipment and important supplies.

At Glendale Plumbing & Fire Supply. you can shop for quality sprinkler heads, fire sprinkler systems, and all other fire sprinkler supplies that you need to protect your home or business from going up in flames.

Also try out our fire safety knowledge quiz! 


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