Their Christmas tree was scheduled to be taken down the following day; however, a giant fire ignited and killed 6 family members (two adults and four of their grandchildren). It burned down their entire 16,000 square foot mansion. This fire took place in 2015 in Annapolis, MD.
When I attended Professional Household Management training, we received education regarding fires in the home and how to possibly mitigate potential fire hazards. This particular fire that we learned about took place a few weeks after Christmas on January 19th and ignited with a faulty electrical outlet that powered the family’s extremely dried-out Christmas tree. This classroom training had a lasting impact on me.
The reason for my post: it is extremely necessary to be sure that your principal and their family’s home is safe and secure from potential danger. Not only should you be looking out for the obvious dried out tree and faulty electrical, but it is also important to work with your local fire department to be sure that your family is safe and secure throughout the year.
As household managers, we must assess what unique situations our principals’ household may have:
Additionally, meet with your local fire department to find out:
It is time to remove those dried out Christmas trees and have a plan in place to make your principals’ home as safe as it can be.
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SPOTLIGHT Interview with Ms. Jones: Household Manager & Personal Assistant for UHNW Families, Royalty, & Celebrities
This week's featured service industry professional is with Jeannette Jones, Certified Household Manager and Founder of Purveyors of Time. For the past 20+ years, Jeannette Jones has managed the lives, events, and properties of some of the world’s most-visible people. Thirteen years ago, Jeannette decided to take her carefully-honed craft and bring it to a larger audience, providing personal assisting and property management services to those fortunate enough to own a second (or third) estate in Los Angeles.
Since this is not the typical format for hiring household staff, how were your services received?
Because it was a new type of business model, which most had not heard of, it was slow to grow; but it did not take more than a few years to flourish into a thriving business. Our clients really seem to find great value with the fact that we are there for them whenever they need but that they do not have to pay a full-time employee’s salary. They appreciate that their home is looked after as if it had a full-time caretaker. They also really enjoy that when they arrive to their vacation home (or secondary home), it is stocked and prepped for them with their groceries, sundries, and any other necessary items that make it feel like they never left home; and, of course, they take comfort in knowing that they have a personal representative available to respond in the event of emergencies.
What are the benefits of hiring a company like yours to manage people’s homes?