Extreme cold causing unexpected material failures
As Canadians, we often do not give much thought to the cold, and expect our every day items to hold up to the extreme temperatures. However, as Edmonton is seeing this week, many things might not be up to the task.
Block Heater Fires – How to stay safe this winter
When overnight temperatures start dropping and winter settles in, many Canadian drivers begin using block heaters to keep their engines warm overnight. Using block heaters, however, can lead to vehicle and structure fires.
Crawl Spaces – Do’s and Don’ts
The term “out of sight, out of mind” commonly applies to several areas of a house including roofs, attics and crawl spaces, which are often ignored for long periods of time. In areas of high moisture levels, wood components within a crawl space are susceptible to structural damage due to rot. Additionally, insect and vermin activity can go unnoticed.
The art of materials and failure analysis: tracing and deciphering the origin of incidents
What does the legend of Kintsugi have in common with the deciphering of tea leaves? Like materials and failures analysis, both reveal secrets to those who can read them.
Enjoying a fireproof Christmas holiday
In the spirit of tradition, the month of December marks the period of Christmas and New Year festivities. Whether indoors or outdoors, adding Christmas decorations remains as popular as ever. However, the addition of such items in the contents of our homes can represent a significant fire risk, especially in the case of homemade decorations with easily ignited materials.
Video Animation #2 - Know the Water you are Dealing With!
What do you know about the building envelope? In this edition, we take a look at water and its effect on the building envelope. Beyond leaky roofs, where else does water damage come from? Are the new “tighter” buildings completely sheltered? How can we recognize less obvious damage? All the answers await in this 5-minute video.
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