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Archive for January, 2010

New law requires CO monitors in rentals

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Most people know about smoke detectors, but experts say protecting yourself against carbon monoxide is just as important. While smoke detectors are already required in rental units, a new state law went into effect Friday requiring landlords to install a carbon monoxide alarm in each level of a rental unit.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when a fuel source burns incompletely. A carbon monoxide alarm gives you a warning that could save your life. That’s why a new state law requires landlords to install a battery-operated or electric carbon monoxide alarm in rental units. The law only applies to renters with a current or new lease, who have a fossil-fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace or garage.

Fire and Life Safety Educator Meg Langston of the Wilmington Fire Department says everyone should have one, just in case.

“We recommend that you have at least one on each level,” Langston said. “And depending on your carbon monoxide alarm, it’s going to tell you to install it in different locations.”

It’s also important to have a working smoke alarm. There are two types. An ionization smoke alarm detects flaming, fast moving fires first. A photoelectric smoke alarm detects smoldering fires first. Experts say your best bet is to get a combination smoke alarm and a separate carbon monoxide alarm. But any protection is better than no protection.

In 2005, the most recent year statistics are available, firefighters across the country responded to 61,000 carbon monoxide incidents. January and December were the peak months.

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While smoke detectors are already required in rental units, a new state law went into effect Friday requiring landlords to install a carbon monoxide alarm in each level of a rental unit.

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Wilmington mayor Saffo says he will not run for N.C. Senate

Monday, January 4th, 2010

By Patrick GannonStaff Writer

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo will not seek New Hanover County’s state Senate seat in 2010, he said Monday afternoon.“I felt that I had made a commitment to run for mayor of the city, and I needed to fulfill that commitment,” he said.It was a “very tough decision,” Saffo added.

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Atmosphere Academy: How Do You Measure Wind?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Each week meteorologist Jerry Jackson answers student’s questions in the Atmosphere Academy. This week’s question was asked in a different way than usual, so we’re going to answer it the same way: in sign language.

No forecast would be accurate without first knowing what the weather is doing right now, and to know the current conditions, you need the proper instruments. Class is in session at Lincoln Elementary School.

Lincoln Elementary School student, Dulce Castillo asks “How Do You Measure Wind?”

That’s a good question, Dulce. Most folks are familiar with thermometers for measuring temperatures, barometers for measuring pressure, but there’s a special instrument we use to measure wind speed, the anemometer.

Probably the most familiar type of anemometers for meteorologists is the cup anemometer. A set of 3 or 4 cups is allowed to freely rotate on an established axis. As the wind speed increases, the cups turn faster, registering a wind speed extrapolated from the speed of the cups.

Perhaps more familiar to consumers is the “windmill” or propeller-style of anemometer. As wind blows through the device, the propeller turns and registers a corresponding measurement. A drawback to the propeller method is the fact that the unit must be positioned in the right direction to catch the wind, which is why a tail or rudder is often applied.

There are many other different types and designs of anemometers, some more durable than others. Naturally, few man-made devices can survive the winds of a strong tornado. In these events, wind speeds are often estimated based on the damage produced by the storm.

For the Atmosphere Academy, I’m meteorologist Jerry Jackson with a little help from the students of Lincoln Elementary School. Class Dismissed

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Each week meteorologist Jerry Jackson answers student’s questions in the Atmosphere Academy. This week’s question was asked in a different way than usual, so we’re going to answer it the same way: in sign language.

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Front Street project begins

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Part of Front Street in Downtown Wilmington is getting a facelift, but it could make it a little tougher to get around for a few months.

Crews closed Front Street between Market and Chestnut Streets today to begin a $1.8 million streetscape improvement project, a joint venture between the city and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. Crews will replace aging water and sewer pipes, sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, traffic lights and landscaping.

Businesses and sidewalks will remain open throughout the project, which the city says should wrap up in July.

Visit the Front Street Project’s web page for more information.

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Part of Front Street in Downtown Wilmington is getting a facelift, but it could make it a little tougher to get around for a few months.

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Decision nears on New Hanover middle school district maps

Monday, January 4th, 2010

By Chelsea Kellner,Chelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

After tonight’s board meeting and a public forum at Roland-Grise Middle School on Wednesday, board chairman Ed Higgins said he hopes the board will reach a decision by the end of January.

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