Did you know that each year there are over 350,000 residential house fires in the United States? That’s an average of one fire every 85 seconds. Unfortunately these house fires result in over 2,000 deaths, 12,000 injuries, and six billion dollars in property damage.
October is Fire Safety Month and it’s a good time to remind you of a few tips that can keep your home – and most importantly, your family – safe.
Let’s look at a few simple things that should be in place in every home.
Smoke Detectors – Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every level of your home and especially near the bedrooms. If you have devices that are wired into your electrical system, it’s not a bad idea to have some battery-operated units for back-up (and please make sure those batteries are checked regularly!). Also make sure you have one or more all-purpose (ABC) fire extinguishers in the house. Everyone should know where they are located and how to use them.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Every year the media reports heartbreaking of stories of people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas results from burning fuels. By making sure you have effective monitoring units, your family can sleep soundly.
Don’t Overdo It – With the change in seasons, people start to hang holiday lights, plugging in space heaters, lighting candles, and just basically overwork their outlets and press their luck. Please use common sense, don’t use multiple extension cords (or any frayed cords), make sure any open flames are not close to flammable objects and that they are all extinguished before turning in for the night or leaving the house.
Set Up an Escape Plan – Make sure you and your family have a plan in the event of an emergency. Practice different ways to escape from a burning home – at least two ways from every room. Purchase escape ladders, if needed. Designate a meeting place for everyone to gather to make sure everyone is accounted for.
Most importantly, if a fire occurs at your home, you need to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP.
For more information and tips on home fire safety, please visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html.
The deadline for saving money on your hotel for the Fall 2019 PBA Board Meeting is approaching fast. In order to take advantage of the special $157 single or double occupancy rate, reservations MUST be made prior to October 14. Please call 1-717-233-6000 or 1-800-HILTONS. Use the group code PABA.
The schedule for the Fall Board Meeting is as follows:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019
10 a.m. EOC Training
3 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting *by invitation only
3:30 p.m. PBA Senior Officer/Personnel Committee Meeting *by invitation only
4:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
6 p.m. Hospitality
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019
7:30 a.m. PA Housing Research Center (PHRC) Breakfast Meeting
8 a.m. Non-Dues Revenue Task Force Meeting
8:30 a.m. Membership Committee Meeting
10 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting
11:30 a.m. Lunch - RSVP and prepay for tickets at www.pabuilders.org/events
12 noon PaCAH meeting
1 p.m. Communications Committee Meeting
1 p.m. Workers Comp Committee Meeting
1 p.m. Workforce Training and Education Committee Meeting
2 p.m. Seminar
3 p.m. Professional Women in Building (PWB) Meeting
3 p.m. Builder Services, Inc. (BSI) Board of Directors Meeting
4:30 p.m. Meet the Builder
6 p.m. BUILD-PAC Reception
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
8 a.m. PBA Past Presidents Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m. New Board of Directors Orientation
9 a.m. Associates Council Meeting
9:30 a.m. Regional Caucus Meetings (member meetings for the 8 regions of PA)
10 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
See you at the Board Meeting!
It’s never too early to start planning for the PBA Fall Board Meeting to be held October 31-November 2 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Registration is now open and more details will be sent to all PBA members in the coming weeks.
Special room rates have been reserved for PBA members at the Harrisburg Hilton - $157 single or double occupancy. To reserve this special rate, please call 1-717-233-6000 or 1-800-HILTONS. Reservations can also be made online here. Please use the group code PABA. Deadline for reservations at the special rate is October 14.
Highlights of the annual Board Meeting include committee meetings, the annual Meet The Builder event, a BUILD-PAC reception, and a seminar on how to save money through a safe workplace. The three-day event will culminate with the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m.
To register for the meeting, please visit our online registration form.
Anyone looking to connect with manufacturers should mark their calendars for PBA’s Annual Meet The Builder event, held in conjunction with the Fall Board Meeting on November 1 in Harrisburg.
The free, casual cocktail reception starts at 4:30 at the Harrisburg Hilton is a great way for active builders and remodelers to socialize, share ideas, and meet national/regional product manufacturers as well as industry focused service providers.
Those interested in attending, should register here. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please register your sponsorship here.
We look forward to a fantastic event that’s sure to benefit everyone who attends.
See you on November 1!
September 16-20 is Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week celebrating women as a visible component of the residential construction industry and provides an occasion for members across Pennsylvania to collectively raise awareness of their contributions through activities that promote, enhance and support women within the industry.
To learn more about how can help women make their mark, please check out this article by PBA Secretary/Treasurer (and past National PWB Chair) Cindy Cepko. The article originally appeared in PBA's statewide magazine Building Pennsylvania.
READ THE ARTICLE HERE
Registrations are now open for the Fall Regional Meetings. Attending a regional meeting is your chance to stay informed of PBA activities and benefits. It is also the perfect opportunity to voice your concerns and help shape upcoming legislative priorities. Regional meetings bring members together to network and represent the interests of Builder, Associate, and Affiliate members in your area.
Find your Regional Meeting below and register today. If you are unsure of the region locations, please check out the map here.
We are all looking forward to seeing you! #PBAProud
SOUTHWEST - September 30 via Conference Call at 3:00 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE
MIDEAST - September 30 at HBA of Metro Harrisburg Office, Harrisburg, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE
SOUTHEAST - October 2 at HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties Office, Fort Washington, at 3:00 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE
SOUTHCENTRAL - October 8 at Loxley's in the Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/1 - REGISTER HERE
NORTHWEST - October 9 at Chovy's, Meadville, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/1 - REGISTER HERE
NORTHEAST - October 10 at Marzoni's Brick Oven, Moosic, at 5:00 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE
NORTHCENTRAL - October 10 at The Bridge Tavern, South Williamsport, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE
MIDWEST - October 10 at US Hotel, Hollidaysburg, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE
September is Associate Appreciation Month. PBA and the local home builder associations across Pennsylvania want to thank all of our Associate Members for their support of our industry.
Who exactly is an Associate Member? This majority portion of our membership is made up of trade contractors, suppliers, and service providers that support the home building industry in Pennsylvania. Businesses include architects, banks, cellular phone companies, decorators, suppliers and many more.
As a way to honor our valued Associate Members, PBA is working with all the local associations to shine the spotlight on a representative sample of members. We asked them why they enjoy being part of their local. Their answers vary from making business contacts and expanding their careers to making friends and a difference in their communities.
Throughout September, we are spotlighting these members on our social media platforms. We will also include a special section dedicated to Associate Members in the next edition of Building Pennsylvania – the PBA magazine.
Here are a few of the spotlights that have already been featured so far this month.
Associate Members enjoy valuable benefits through their membership. Be sure to check them out here. And if you know of someone who would be a great fit with your local association and PBA, please pass along this flyer of information so they can see the advantages of being a member.
On behalf of the entire home building industry in Pennsylvania, we want to salute and thank all of our spectacular Associate Members, not only in September during Associate Appreciation Month, but all through the year!
September is National Preparedness Month and with the terrible destruction of Hurricane Dorian, it seems like Mother Nature is sending her own not-so-subtle reminder.
Natural or man-made disasters can hit any family at any time. Don’t wait for the weather forecasters, take action now!
Review your insurance policies. Make sure you are covered for natural disasters. Generally damage caused by flooding, earthquakes, and hurricanes is not covered by a regular homeowner’s policy. You may be able to purchase it separately.
Seal windows and doors. Do your very best to be certain that water and wind doesn’t make it into your home. Looks for cracks, windows, entry doors, and garage doors. Seal as tightly as possible – use special storm shutters as well.
Do roof maintenance. Clear those gutters and seal your chimney and house vents. Needless to say, heavy downpours that can’t be contained or diverted can cause severe structural damage.
Clear the yard. If your yard contains a number of sticks or debris as well as lawn furniture or outdoor items, make sure you secure them or take them inside your house. High speed winds can make those everyday items into deadly projectiles.
Plan ahead. Be ready to hunker down. Plan ahead and stock up on non-perishable food items as well as bottled water, batteries, blankets, and more.
While the aftermath of a disaster is often overwhelming, it is important and helpful to keep the following information, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in mind.
Keeping Safe During Disaster Cleanup and Recovery
Using Portable Generators Safely
Rodents, Snakes, and Insects
Tree Trimming & Removal
Please be prepared and stay safe!
The second edition of Building Pennsylvania – the official magazine of PBA – will be published in January. We hope you had a chance to read the issue that came out this summer. If you missed it, you can view it online here.
We are currently building our editorial content and we are looking for your input. This issue will lean heavily toward workforce development. Please submit your ideas for articles that you would like to read and that you feel would be valuable for the PBA membership. Send your ideas for consideration to Rick Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 4.
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals for new construction or the rehabilitation of mixed-use projects seeking financial support. Funding will be provided through the Community Revitalization Fund Program. Mixed-use projects combine residential and retail/commercial space in the same building and often serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. The deadline for proposal submission is 2 p.m. on Oct. 18.
This funding program was created as part of the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2017/18 budget, and PHFA was designated by the General Assembly to administer it. This year’s approved state budget authorized PHFA to sell $3 million of state tax credits and use the proceeds to make awards for the development of mixed-use properties in commercial/retail corridors in Pennsylvania that are undergoing revitalization.
Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
“We’re looking to fund projects that not only will bring a direct benefit to communities but that also have the potential to attract additional investment to areas seeking redevelopment,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “Our goal is to use this funding in a way that achieves the maximum benefit for communities and stimulates revitalization beyond each individual project receiving financial support.”
Eligible applicants for this funding include units of local government (counties, cities, boroughs, etc.); redevelopment authorities; for-profit firms; non-profit groups; and economic development organizations. Applications from third-class cities will be given higher priority in this year’s proposal evaluations.
Information about the Community Revitalization Fund RFP is posted on the PHFA website at: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/developers/loans.aspx. Interested organizations can learn more by contacting Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at (717) 780-1867 or by email at email@example.com.
A webinar about the RFP is planned for Sept. 17. More details are available on the PHFA website at the web address given above.
View TradeSecrets newsletter archives!