OpenHouseNYC: Safety in Your Home

A double dip of OpenHouseNYC this week as I couldn’t resist sharing both of these incredibly useful episodes. 

First is a piece that shares how to prepare an emergency plan for you and your family:

As our host George Oliphant notes in this edition of Floorplan, New York is the safest big city in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a plan ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

To help devise a plan, George visits with Diane Hoch. Diane is a homeowner and mother of three daughters, but doesn’t know a “go bag” from a golf bag and sadly is unprepared for the worst case scenario. In order to help Diane (and all other viewers of OpenHouse NYC), George visits with Amber Greene of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management for the three essential steps to get your home ready.

According to Amber, every resident must:

Get informed about potential risks
Be Prepared—Make a “go bag”
Make a plan for evacuating your home

Amber also suggests including 3 days worth of food and water as well as flashlights and important documents in a go bag for EACH member of your home. A lot of people who remember to make “go bags” often only have one for the entire home—when each resident really needs an individual bag.

After Amber helps George build his “go bag” he slides down the pole to meet with Anthony Mancuso of the FDNY. Mancuso reminds George that every home needs a working smoke alarm, an extremely familiar knowledge of the exits and an alternate exit plan through a fire exit or escape ladder.

Once George is a trained escape artist, he heads back to the Hoch home and helps them practice their emergency plan.

Do they learn well? Are you ready? Watch the video and find out…  

The second episode is chock full of tips on making our kitchens and baths safer for our children:

In this floorplan episode, George Oliphant meets with Geoffrey Belle of the inimitable New York Kitchen and Bath for some new interior design features that can make your kitchen and bathroom safer and child-friendly.

In the kitchen, Belle shares some new devices that are both technologically advanced and functionally safer. He shows George a new electronic locking function on stovetops that prevents accidental hot surfaces. He also demonstrates a new rotating oven control panel that is built into the oven display. Even the most mischievous of children will be unable to fire up the oven without proper parental supervision.

In the bathroom, some of the NYKB touches are more old-school than gee whiz, but still can make any bathroom safer. Belle suggests a matte tile or grout mixed with mosaic tile and then installing grab bars and safety bars in the bathtub and shower.

So no matter if you’re high-tech or low-tech, these tips from NYKB will undoubtedly make your home much safer!

If you haven’t seen OpenHouseNYC yet, check it out every Sunday on NBC4HD at 8:30am.

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16 Responses to OpenHouseNYC: Safety in Your Home

  1. avatar dont says:

    This IS very interesting. Mainly because it’s completely bogus and absolutely fictional. NYKB stole my money, destroyed my home and left it an unparalleled safety hazard for children–featuring reverse polarity and LIVE WIRES!!!! How is this safe, exactly? Violation after violation. As a ‘bonus’ they hid a junction box in the wall and did ALL the wiring of the new box incorrectly so we had to have it ALL redone. ALL. To the tune of 15k. They are thieves and they are conmen. And they care NOTHING about the safety of their customers’ children. NOTHING. What a disgusting, tasteless joke for you people to disseminate this utter hogwash. You should be ashamed.

  2. Dear “don’t,”
    Just as I recommend to all of my readers, I would strongly suggest that anyone looking to hire a real estate agent, mortgage broker, architect, contractor, babysitter, attorney, doctor, financial planner, accountant, etc (you get the point) get references and check with respective agencies that oversee and “sometimes” actually police these professions. If NYKB did what you said i can’t believe that it was the first time and that you couldn’t find this out before hiring them?
    Please understand that I don’t know you and therefore also don’t know what your motives are, if any, in bashing NYKB at every opportunity you can. I have seen your comments before and hope that you have taken your complaints to an attorney as a more constructive means to whatever end you are seeking.
    I know people who have used NYKB with 150% satisfaction. Having said that, I don’t refer contractors for this exact reason. Heck, my wife’s cousin was a contractor and he even screwed up a job once so I didn’t feel comfortable referring him business anymore. Another contractor that did work for my wife and I on two of our apartments was detail oriented, timely, communicative and reasonably priced (go figure)! That said, as soon as I referred him to someone else, they said he flaked out and left them with a huge punch list that never was completed. So until agencies like the DCA actually begin policing and not just accepting complaints, it remains buyer beware.
    I’m sincerely sorry that you had a bad experience with NYKB. I truly am. However, I still think that this piece on bathroom and kitchen safety is useful to my readers.
    My mission has always been about the greater good of my readers and the consumer. Fortunately they will read your comments, determine their validity, hopefully do their own research, and then make their own mature decision as to the professionals they hire.

  3. avatar Kimberly Ybarra says:

    I believe the complaint. They are the WORST renovation company I have ever dealt with. What a nightmare.

  4. avatar joe says:

    I also believe the complaint, They are the WORST….
    Nigtmare still going on…. (now that is one year already),

  5. avatar tony says:

    NYKB is by far the worst company I have ever dealt with (and I have done renovations and new construction in CT, FL Cape Cod, MA and Montreal.) The NYKB employee mentioned in the post is a worthless liar. The company president is a despicable liar. We needed an attorney to get our deposit back. NYKB is pure evil.

  6. avatar dont says:

    In my review from last year, I neglected to mention that NYKB conveniently “forgets” to obey the law of NY state and doesn’t provide a bond or place your deposit in escrow.
    See link from the Office of the Attorney General stating this is the LAW:
    If NYKB didn’t just cash deposits into their corporate account they couldn’t run their fraudulent operation. Unbelievable that the powers that be have allowed this to continue. Truly.

  7. avatar Perry says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We value direct feedback as it enables New York Kitchen and Bath to address any issues requiring improvement. We have been in business for 8 years precisely because it is our consistent practice to delight customers with exceptional design, craftsmanship, and service. We boast thousands of happy customers and an excellent record over these years. We take very seriously any departure from this standard and I invite you to contact me directly at to discuss this. I also am pleased to tell you that your comments have been instrumental in NYKB’s developing new customer service protocols aimed at preventing any future dissatisfaction. We are currently preparing to launch these new protocols and will post them here for your information when we do. But again, I invite you to contact me personally about your concerns, as our number one priority at NYKB is to make sure every customer is thrilled with their new kitchen or bath.
    Perry Hiiman
    President, New York Kitchen and Bath

  8. avatar dont says:

    You owe me A LOT of money, an apology for cheating me (and lying about the escrow account that didn’t exist–enabling you to carry out your con), your staff stealing my property and the cost of repairing my apt after you set unskilled worker loose in it. But you knew all of this LONG ago, and ignored it. Interesting you’re posting as if you CARE about customers. I have plenty of proof you DON’T.
    Thank you.

  9. avatar Integrity says:

    The negative reviews are true. They are total shills. Anyone can get a contractor’s license. Their showroom is a marketing ploy. You think..WOW this is what I’ll get. The contract is quite fair until, the scopes.(changes that result in thousands of dollars.) My quote was below 75K. I ended up paying 200k for crap materials and poor construction. I should have a renovation that Architectural Digest would want to feature. Instead I have a renovation that is subpar. They have no scruples. Whatever the market left, they took. They are the ultimate in greed. They use this money to finance their other ventures. Clients are not respected. They look at you as if owe them. They don’t get it.. They owe the customer. Their motto. GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!!! I have not heard of one happy customer. I have saved 2 people from making the mistake I and others have made. Their pr statement above is a poor attempt to make current customers at ease in their decision.
    And we all thought we made a good decision. So for everyone researching, run do not look back!!!! Disgraceful. A nightmare for sure.

  10. We recently contracted NYKB to renovate our 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath coop in New York City. This was a complete gut renovation, including wall repair, new hardwood flooring, all new kitchen and both bathrooms. NYKB handled everything for us, from initial design work all the way through completion of the project. Very importantly, they worked well with our coop and managing company to make sure all work was done properly and received all appropriate approvals. The results were fantastic, and everyone that comes to our new apartment cannot stop complimenting us on the renovation. In terms of service, NYKB was very responsive to our needs regarding follow up work and timelines. This was a very big project, and NYKB met every challenge. Most importantly, the final product speaks for itself. The quality of work was outstanding.
    Tim and Suzanne Yarnell

  11. avatar dont says:

    Do an ACRIS search at Exactly no one by the name of Tim or Suzanne Yarnell is shown to own a property of any kind in the five boroughs. So they either reno-d a rental or they don’t exist.

  12. avatar Bware says:

    What is the story with the “new” kitchen and bath company in the old second avenue location of NYKB?
    Could it possibly be just an attempt to re-brand after all the past bad reviews?
    Due diligence needed before using this company.

  13. avatar New Yorker says:

    The new uptown showroom. A ‘rebranding’? It goes deeper than that. In fact, I’ll bet $113,487 double or nothing.

  14. avatar Brianna says:

    Avoid NYKB at all costs. They are one of the worst of the worst. Nothing is transparent with them except their scopes, (add-ons) Listen carefully, the shame of feeling like a ‘patsy’ and anger will be overwhelming. My telomeres shorten 10 fold Don’t get caught in their scheme.

  15. I have made great effort to ensure that clients who are considering NYKB TRULY think otherwise. Please read my blog for the most in-depth review.

    They are gougers. Completely dishonest.

    • avatar Be careful says:

      And they still are in business. Beyond my comprehension as to why they are allowed to conduct business. Their DCA license expired and they are using another contractor’s license so all DCA complaints are wiped clean

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