24 Sep

How To Start A Wood Flooring Business From Scratch!

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It came as a big change when I relocated my family from the US to Australia .I started by working for my friend who had a hardwood flooring contract business, and later on I came up with an idea of opening my own company. 8 months on and timber flooring Brisbane was the best thing I ever did. The business is thankfully highly profitable and I absolutely love my work.

For those of you who are thinking of setting up a flooring company, here are some tips and steps you should contemplate before making that decision.

My Simple Guide To Setting Up A Wood Flooring Business

The only people I knew were the local distributors of wood for flouring, designers, and builders.

I had planned for the business before getting to Brisbane and was ready for any form of new challenge including cases of fines from the state.

Some of the things I did was getting a NWFA member and the BBB (Better Business Bureau). These logos enabled me to present myself to the market as someone who is serious in the wood flooring business.

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I used the internet to do marketing, search engines like Yahoo and Google to look for customers who look for floor installation. In Google there are companies that offer services for marketing, and they send emails to potential customers at a small fee.

In Brisbane there are various scams and a person has to be very careful .It took me years for the business to take root. For a person to run a successful business you should be ready for the challenges and have all the marketing pieces in place.

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14 Sep

How To Hire A Chimney Sweep

Hiring a chimney sweep requires making informed decisions. You need some tips to hire the most trusted and reputable sweeps who also charges reasonable prices. Some of these tips are highlighted and discussed below.

Only hire CSIA Certified Sweeps

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This certification is the most important qualification when hiring. It is wise that you look for a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. CSIA certified sweeps are the best when it comes to the care, repair, and maintenance. Also, ensure you see proof of the CSIA certification of the technician working on your home.

Hire chimney sweeps who are members of NCGS

Companies which belong to the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) are highly qualified and have great experience in offering these services. This is because NCGS is very dedicated to promoting professionalism in the Sweep services and ongoing education thus keeping all sweeps updated with most recent technologies about the Sweep industry.

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Make sure that the Chimney Sweep Company is insured

Ask if the company has insurance and be completely sure that it has insurance cover. This inquiry will ensure your protection in case of any accident or damage that occurs when they are doing the maintenance.

Check for proper identification

When the contractor arrives to offer the services, ask for their identification. Check for a badge or company ID which they should carry with them. Hire a professional chimney sweep the safety of your home

Ask for current references

The company should be in a position to provide addresses, phone numbers, and names of clients who reside in your general area. You can make a quick call to ensure that the reference customer was happy and satisfied with the company’s services.

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Choose on service

Cheap is expensive. Do not just pick any sweeps who appear at your doorstep claiming to offer chimney sweep services at low price. Do your research online for reputable companies. Base your selection on the quality and level of service provided.

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12 Sep

Research Shows Domestic Fire Sprinklers Can Save Lives

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Domestic sprinkler systems have been highly linked to firefighter health. Research shows that the U.K  Fire department responded to about 1.4 million fires in 2012, 78 percent of which occurred in homes.

That resulted to over 2800 civilian fatalities, 16,500 injuries and over 12 billion in property damage. 45 percent of the firefighter injuries are reported to have occurred during the firefighting activities.

Reports have also indicated that the impacts of the fires were mitigated with the use of domestic sprinkler systems. These sprinkler systems technology has not only led to reduced firefighter injuries and fatalities but they have also benefited firefighters themselves greatly.

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How Sprinkler Systems Impact Firefighter Safety and Health

Based on the 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit, residential sprinkler systems play a bigger role in fire fighter health. Among the issues discussed in the summit were strengthening the advocacy for enforcement codes and installation of domestic automatic sprinklers.

Residential sprinklers stand ready 24/7 to extinguish fires and that ensures the number and severity of injuries to civilians and property is significantly reduced.

Is There Legislation That Promotes Domestic Sprinkler Systems?

There is an estimated of 2 percent sprinkler systems in one-and two-family homes in the United Kingdom, which creates a room for improvement firefighting in the country.

Residential sprinkler system installation in one- and two-family new home construction has led to policy debate at both the state and local levels.

California and Maryland have enacted laws that require new home constructions to install sprinkler systems and other several states are following suit. The use of this technology have brought significant success in firefighting and with the increased awareness on the same, the use of sprinkler systems can increase, leading to enhanced firefighter and health in the country.

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