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January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year
from the staff of Yarmus Engineering, P.C.
We hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season,
and we look forward to continuing to assist you with
your engineering and inspection needs
in the new year.
We are grateful for your patronage of our firm.

What’s New

NYS is appointing monitors with investigative authority to oversee building departments in the Rockland County communities of Ramapo and Spring Valley after years of complaints about potentially dangerous lack of fire safety and zoning enforcement in those communities.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering evaluation of a labor claim on an asbestos abatement project taking place on a property located in Bronx, NY 
  • Structural Engineering consultation regarding concerns of foundation wall failure for a building located in Tenafly, NJ
  • Engineering consultation regarding concerns with the effect that water intrusion might be having on the structure of a building located in Tappan, NY

10 Hospitalized for Carbon Monoxide Exposure in Port Washington

On November 30th reported that “ten people were hospitalized after becoming ill from carbon monoxide fumes that came from a Port Washington restaurant…According to authorities, Eastern Strawberry Restaurant, located at 704 Port Washington Blvd., was having floors power washed with a gas power washer inside the building…’Any type of gas-powered piece of equipment emits fumes which causes carbon monoxide,’ Port Washington Fire Department Chief Bryan Vogeley told Patch. “It’s dangerous for them to have that in there”.

Stories like the above demonstrate why it is so important to have carbon monoxide detectors installed at premises which are utilizing equipment capable of producing carbon monoxide as a product of combustion.  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of routine code developments, as well as the availability of new products, systems, and detectors, so that we can keep our clientele informed of such developments which might affect their projects we are working on. In fact, we recently upgraded our own in-office equipment to include “smart products” which will automatically shutdown our HVAC system, and notify key personnel via a smart phone app, immediately upon detecting the presence of smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Oakland tragedy: Why you should be your own fire marshal

On December 5th reported that “this past Friday night saw a deadly fire erupt in Oakland, California. Within minutes, at least 36 young lives were snuffed out at the Ghost Ship, a dilapidated warehouse with a history of violations and complaints (including reportedly being reported to the fire marshal in 2014)…No official cause of the fire has yet been determined, but illegal residences, an illegal party, and inadequate exits appear to have contributed. The Ghost Ship building was not licensed as a nightclub or for residences, but early reports suggest that its landlords allowed both uses…Whatever it is, it will probably continue to impair judgments in the future, right after the brief period of heightened attention and code enforcement that usually follows tragic club fires. The one takeaway from the sorry history of club fires is that we can’t rely on bands, owners, or public officials to protect us when we attend shows….In short, we’ve no choice but to be our own best fire marshals”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, tenant associations, and related real estate entities, as well as attorneys, adjusters, and insurance companies, regarding building and fire code requirements, property maintenance, emergency preparedness planning, and other safety related property management matters. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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