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Habitat Teaches Home Builders How to be Safe on the Jobsite

Whether on the roof nailing shingles, using power tools on the ground or painting the inside of a closet, Habitat for Humanity strives to keep its volunteers safe.

Several homebuilders met in Charleston in January at BrickStreet Insurance. They were there for a quarterly meeting of the Home Builders’ Association of West Virginia. The focus: preventing workplace falls. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was invited to speak about its exceptional volunteer safety practices, in particular its use of the Horizontal Under-eave Guardrail System known as HUGS: a truss mounted roof top safety guardrail system.

Using volunteer labor can be quite a dilemma when it comes to keeping workers on the work site safe. One of the most dangerous areas of a volunteer work site is a roof. Because of that, Habitat uses HUGS fall prevention railing on all houses it builds.

At the January 18th meeting, Bill “Tiny” Hanshaw, Habitat for Humanity’s construction supervisor, spoke to over 40 homebuilders detailing the HUGS safety guardrails he uses to protect Habitat volunteers. Hanshaw’s presentation focused on the ease of using HUGS guardrails to provide maximum worker safety. As he spoke, he told the home builders that HUGS are a worthy investment.

“Safety is always Habitat’s first priority because we work with volunteers.”

HUGS Railing Safety “We have been using the HUGS system for years now and believe it is great. I couldn’t imagine putting volunteers on a roof without it,” Hanshaw said. He went on to say as a construction supervisor he has always preferred the HUGS system over safety nets and harnesses because HUGS are stable, more reliable and can be reused for years.

Hanshaw told the group that many Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country prefer the system because it does not interfere with roofing, wall finishing, window, siding or other installations, is compliant with fall protection standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and gives workers the confidence to safely work on roofing projects at Habitat build sites.

Hanshaw ended his presentation by saying that HUGS are great for anyone that builds houses – not just volunteer organizations – who want to provide a safe working environment for everyone. “Instead of requiring special training and fall prevention equipment, HUGS can be put up easily and at a low cost, providing the safest possible work environment.”

Spring 2018 Master Homeowner Workshops

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Spring 2018 Master Homeowner Program

Do you have a few free hours in the evening? Are you looking to learn something new and useful? If so, Habitat for Humanity has something for you!

Home maintenance costs can add up fast. However, you could save money doing the upkeep yourself, and the sense of pride you’ll get from taking matters into your own hands will last a lifetime. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, knowing how it should be done is just as important for getting the results you expect from a contractor.

ClassesHabitat for Humanity has put together a series of classes that will teach you how to be a successful, lifelong homeowner. Our program is the only one of its kind in the country. It was developed right here in West Virginia with the needs of Habitat for Humanity homebuyers in mind, but it’s open to anyone.

“If you know how a job is done, but you don’t want to do it yourself, you can still make sure the job is done right. Our classes teach you what you need to know.” – Janie Hamilton, Master Homeowner Program Coordinator

What You Get

Master Homeowner ClassesThere are 9 classes in the course covering all possible issues of home ownership, and also a nine-week financial course that teaches you budgeting and money management. You have the option of taking single classes that interest you. Individual Master Homeowner classes cost $10 each. Our financial course price varies.

To register for the complete nine-class Master Homeowner course, CLICK HERE.

Classes Include:

Home & Neighborhood Safety: This class will teach you to identify potential threats to the security of yourself and your property, and learn the best practices for reporting and deterring security risks. Taught by our local law enforcement, this class puts the most experienced instructors at the helm — teaching you the “how-to” of home and neighborhood safety including personal, property and Internet safety.
Monday, March 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Legal and Insurance Issues of Homeownership: You will learn the legal rights and responsibilities of homeownership. This class covers estate planning. It also teaches you the insurance coverage you should have from a legal standpoint.
Monday, April 2, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Neighborhood Relations: You will gain a better understanding of the importance of forming positive relationships with your closest neighbors and the wider community, thus being empowered to improve your neighborhood. This class is a very “in your face” kind of class — taking a look at just how to rethink the kind of neighbor you really are and how to tolerate neighbors that are bit difficult.
Monday, April 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Basic Household Plumbing: You will learn the details of a basic household plumbing system and learn where to check for leaks. This class will teach you the what, why, and how-to’s of household plumbing from second generation contractor John Thompson of E. J. Thompson & Son LLC. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Homeowner’s Toolbox: You will learn what basic tools are needed in and around the house. This class teaches you how to buy, store and use your tools properly.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Home Fire Safety & Prevention: You will learn the most common causes of house fires and how to protect your family and home. Charleston firefighters will work with you during the class — teaching you how to use fire extinguishers and properly store them. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Maintenance: Join us and learn how doable and economical home maintenance can be.  This class will teach you if and when it is time to call a professional, and what you need to look for to avoid the natural deterioration of your home.  Cade Vogelsong of Viking Construction will lead this informative class. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 7, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Electrical Basics: You will learn to identify the type of service panel in your home, and how to best practice electrical safety in your home. This class will teach you what you really need to know about your home electrical system for the safety and protection of your family and home. You’ll learn from Master Electrician Mike Abernethy if and when an electrician needs to be called, and how to hire one. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Energy Efficiency: Learn from a professional efficiency expert how to save on your home energy costs by learning why and how it works in the simplest, cost efficient ways and do much of it yourself. Take control by learning the facts. This class will help you identify areas of energy loss in your home, and show you how to remedy them.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 21, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Classes are offered in two cycles per year. If you miss a class during the current spring 2018 session — and that’s okay — then you will automatically be registered for the next cycle in fall 2018.

For more information on our classes, contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or janie@hfhkp.org.

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