Smart Cooking Fire Prevention

https://www.pioneeringtech.com/products/

Pioneering Technology Corp. engineers and brings to market a range of cooking fire prevention products designed to help property owners and managers of multi‐unit residential buildings reduce the risk and costs associated with cooking fires. Prevent the Fire. Control the Source. We have extensive experience working with a broad range of customers including:

  • Multi-residential
  • Public housing
  • Institutional housing – including military bases, colleges and universities
  • Healthcare – with an emphasis on independent living seniors housing
  • Hospitality – extended stay hotel-style suites

So Now You Own a Home. Do You Know How to Maintain it?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/realestate/so-now-you-own-a-home-do-you-know-how-to-maintain-it.html

Home maintenance classes can help you save money and be smarter about what needs to be done to keep your new home in shape.

After the heady early days of homeownership wear off, first-time buyers often quickly realize that they lack even the most basic skills needed to take care of their new home.

For New Yorkers accustomed to calling the super for every repair, using a drill to hang drapes or an Allen wrench to fix a leaky faucet can be nearly as daunting as the idea of performing brain surgery.

You can get all the inspiration you need from do-it-yourself shows and videos, but what if you don’t know how to properly hammer a nail and don’t even own the right tools?

This is where home repair classes can help, giving uninitiated homeowners hands-on training. Courses cover a range of skills, from basic home maintenance to more elaborate tasks like tiling a bathroom, installing locks and repairing or replacing drywall.

The Lesson of How One California Home Survived Last Year’s Historic Wildfires

http://time.com

Looking back on last year’s fire season, experts have ample explanations for why flames became historically destructive in California, consuming thousands of structures throughout the state. Some, like strong Santa Ana winds and a slow recovery from a long drought, are more natural forces. Others, like a growing population that has been pushing development into wild areas, are distinctly human. As one expert told TIME, for many homes in forested places, “it’s just a matter of time” before fire will arrive.

John Davis and Lorrie Brown, who run an architecture firm in Ojai, Calif., knew they were constructing a home in a dangerous spot when they decided to live on 27 acres in the hills of Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures last year. But unlike many of their neighbors, the couple had a home to go back to after evacuations were over. They had designed it with fire in mind: rather than a typical wooden frame, the home has bones of steel. The decking is made out of a hardwood that burns little better than concrete. Where other homes might have grass, they have gravel, with landscaping setting the home back from ground cover that carries blazes from place to place. There are even fire doors that can be pulled like barn doors to create a “hard shell” protecting the structure from hot embers.

Filmmaker Nicholas Weissman profiled the project with hopes that the many people who may be rebuilding or retrofitting homes in California — particularly in areas that are part of wildland-urban interface — will take note. He lives in the same area and evacuated multiple times as flames came within a quarter mile of his own home. “Know what the place is,” Weissman says. “It’s very much a reality check that we had the worst fire season in California history last year.” And the 2018 fire season will be here soon.

Netgear is releasing its Arlo security light to catch intruders on your lawn

https://www.theverge.com

Netgear’s Arlo security light has a release date, after being announced late last yearalongside other products in the company’s Arlo home surveillance lineup.

It retains the IP-65 weather resistance and rechargeable battery seen in all other Arlo products, but also features motion detection, the ability to change the sensitivity of detections, color temperature, and even flash red, as a warning to intruders. The Arlo light’s max brightness is a blinding 400 lumens, but saves energy with a battery saver function to cycle between day / night cycles. The light is also compatible with the $79 Arlo solar panel, in case you never want to worry about charging it.

For those of you looking for nearly effortless control over the Arlo light, Netgear included IFTTT and Alexa support. The Arlo light also works with the existing Arlo home app, where you can schedule its on / off cycles (like when you come back from work, for example).

Netgear will start selling the Arlo on May 25th for $149 each, $249 for a pair, or three units for $349 via their Amazon store.