Owen Ahearn's Blog

I am a national expert legal witness who regularly writes about many topics including: Reasonable Standards of Care, Premises Liability, Property Management, Real Estate Management, Residential Management, Commercial Management, Vacation Management, Property Maintenance, Real Estate Management, Management Neglect, Maintenance Neglect, Condominium Associations, Home Owner Associations, Public Housing, Public Housing Maintenance, Public Housing Management, Snow Management, Ice Management, Snow Removal, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Security Cameras, Security Systems, Board of Health Issues, Bed Bugs, Exterminations, Fires, Floods, Burst Pipes, Slips and Falls, Walkways, Decks, Railings, Parking Lots, Parking Lots Maintenance, Covid19, Corona Virus and other topics.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. 2016 has been a terrific year for me. I have been receiving more requests for expert legal witness work than in prior years. I am always willing to offer my knowledge and expertise with more than twenty-five years of experience in the property management and maintenance fields. Today is a day to remember and reflect on giving thanks to those around us. For today I am thankful for all of you. Have a blessed day.

Helping Others

There are many ways that you can help others. You and your family can give your time and resources to those in need during this holiday season. It’s a way to teach our children that you value community service and that a group of people can accomplish more than one person can alone. During this holiday season there are many individuals and families in need. Please consider donating your time or resources to help prepare, cook or serve dinner in a community kitchen. If you don’t have time but have financial means, please ask to see what the kitchens may need to help those less fortunate. We are all blessed in different ways. Consider helping others during this holiday season. It will make

Controlling Vehicular Speeds for Safety

Speed Hump or Speed Bump? Speed Bumps are designed to: Improve pedestrian safety; Reinforce stop signs in parking lots; Reduce the risk of accidents on private residential streets, driveways and parking lots. Speed bumps are specifically made to slow motor vehicles to between 2 and 5 mph. Speed Humps are designed to: Slow traffic on public roads, such as schools, to reduce vehicle speeds as desired; Be gentle enough so that emergency vehicles do not need to slow down; Areas with heavy truck traffic where high speeds can lead to an overturned vehicle. Speed humps are specifically designed to slow motor vehicles to between 10 and 15 mph.

Minimizing Risks to Slips and Falls

Weather conditions including ice, snow, and rain can cause slips and falls. In areas where this is a problem, you can improve safety by: · Ensuring that all exterior lights are working. Increase lighting wattage and coverage as needed · Utilizing snow stakes to show parking lot surfaces versus walkways · Providing additional traction mats where needed · Removing ice and snow buildup from parking lots, garages, and sidewalks promptly · Placing freezing weather warning signs and monitors at entrances to parking areas and walkways · Displaying contact numbers for the maintenance department so people can report conditions · Placing bins of

Eliminating Indoor Tripping Hazards

Indoor walking surface irregularities are damaged, warped, buckled, or uneven flooring surfaces that may cause people to slip, trip, or fall. You can control this risk by: · Replacing or re-stretching loose or buckled carpeting · Removing, patching underneath, and replacing indented or blistered vinyl tile · Eliminating trip hazards over a quarter-inch high in all areas of pedestrian travel, using beveling or ramps · Replacing smooth flooring materials in areas normally exposed to water, grease, and/or particulate matter with rougher-surfaced flooring · Making sure elevators are leveled properly so elevator floors line up evenly with hallway floors

Tips of Fire Safety

Check Your Smoke Alarms A working smoke detector reduces the chances of dying in a fire by nearly fifty (50) percent. They are the crucial first step for staying safe. For the best protection, please install a smoke detector on every level of your home, including outside of every sleeping area and in each bedroom. Use Daylight Savings Time (this year – November 6, 2016) as a reminder to check the operation of your smoke detectors. Replace the batteries at least once a year, even if the alarms are hard wired directly into your home’s electrical system. 10-year batteries may be used in the smoke detectors. You still need to check for the operation of the detectors. All smoke detectors expire

Colder Weather Approaching - Preventive Maintenance

As we near the beginning of winter and colder weather, here are some helpful hints for homeowners and property owners: Before you give the heating system a workout this winter, take time now for preventive maintenance. It will help extend the life of your system and identify potential problems. Have your furnace or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor annually, preferably before the heating season begins. Clean or replace the furnace filter on forced hot air systems. Have your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year. It is important to pay particular attention to inspecting the inside of the chimney so see if creosote has built up from usi