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Don’t Let Your Fun Go Up In A Flash Flame

Nice weather means boats, motor bikes, lawnmowers, power tools and other equipment powered by gasoline. Be careful. Gasoline vapors are highly combustible and the cause of numerous household tragedies.

Gasoline is intended for use as a motor fuel only.  Unfortunately, too many people also find it useful as a stain remover, to light charcoal grills and for other popular but hazardous purposes.

It is extremely dangerous to use or store gasoline inside the home. Its invisible vapors travel quickly and can be ignited by a single spark from an appliance or even from turning on a light switch.  In particular, never store gasoline anywhere near a water heater (especially an older model) with its constantly burning pilot light.

Use only containers with tight-fitting caps that are designed for gasoline transport and storage. Never use glass, plastic bottles or jugs for gasoline or any other flammable liquid.

Always place the container on the ground before filling and keep the hose nozzle in contact with the container.  Never fill a container while it is in a vehicle.

To safely transport gasoline from a service station to your home in a car, place the container securely in the rear floorboard with a window cracked for ventilation. 

In a truck, secure the container to prevent sliding and open a side or tailgate window.  Remove the container promptly and store it safely out of reach of children, preferably in a locked storage shed or garage.

NEVER keep gasoline stored in a vehicle or your house.     

1-2-3 Strikes & Your Out! Choosing A Contractor

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With so many HVAC and plumbing contractors flooding the market it pays to research your contractor before you go with the cheapest bidder. Many contractors will cut corners to save labor hours. This picture illustrates how one NH contractor ignores both manufacturer specs and NH laws when installing a State Hot Water Tank. Can you see what's wrong with this picture?

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Silent Killer: Prevention of Carbon Monoxide

Nope it's not a ninja, cancer or some type of super virus. The silent killer which lurks in thousands of homes goes by the name "heat exchanger". All kidding aside, we are finding more and more dangerous furnaces which need to be condemned.

A heat exchanger is a device within your homes forced hot air furnace which transfers heat to the air in your duct work. A gas or oil burner  super heats the air inside the heat exchanger as air passes over the tubing and is heated up.

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