‘Out of sight, out of mind’ can be a dangerous boiler strategy

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Boilers are more compact and efficient than ever before. Homes, commercial buildings and industrial occupancies that once required large heating boilers can now be heated using smaller and smaller boilers. There is almost no downside to constructing boilers to be smaller and more efficient – at least, not as long as the boiler does not slip “out of mind” because it is so small that it’s “out of sight.”


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Distracted driving: Raise your hand if you’ve done this

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You’re driving along; the car in front of you swerves erratically, the driver apparently under the influence. As you pass, you glance over and shake your head. A look of self-righteous indignation crosses your face, but the driver has no clue of your disgust. You look more closely and see that the driver is obviously under the influence … of a smart phone!


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Bikes and cars share the road

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Bike use is on the rise in many American cities as more communities work to promote bike-friendly practices. This video from the League of American Bicyclists demonstrates how bikes and cars both must obey traffic laws and share the road.


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Hoverboards: Fire extinguisher not included

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UPDATE – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall by 10 companies of about 501,000 self-balancing scooters – also known as hoverboards – because the lithium-ion battery packs could overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire or exploding. The companies involved are listed on the CPSC website. The CPSC also provides consumers a link to report any incidents involving the products. — Hoverboards – a sought-after gift during the 2015 holiday season – now sit in millions of households across the country. But homeowners should take extra[…..]


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