Firefighting

Old houses were built to last and can withstand fires a little bit longer than most conventional construction, but there are plenty of hazards for which you need to be aware, writes Alex Langbell.
Fire Prevention & Protection

Many municipalities require the installation of smoke detectors in new homes and apartments, but Farmers Branch, Texas, a Dallas suburb, has passed a smoke detector ordinance that is retroactive under certain circumstances. It requires the installation of smoke detectors not only in all new residential occupancies, but also in existing homes upon a chance of occupancy or ownership, or after repairs or additions exceeding $500 in value.