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Jan. 26, 2023

Security Tips for Every Home

Jan 26, 2023

 

Although today’s homes contain more comforts and conveniences than medieval castles, they usually lack a moat and drawbridge, and an army of sentinels to prevent intrusion. Assuming your home does not have a moat, here are easy ideas to make your property more secure.

 

 

The most commonly advised and cost-free step is to keep your home occupied, or at least looking occupied. If you’re not familiar with the invitations to intrusion, they include notes on the door advising of the occupants’ absence (especially dangerous if you provide information about your return time or spare-key location); unshovelled snow in the winter months; unmowed lawns in the summer months; accumulations of mail, deliveries; total interior darkness before a normal bedtime; and a garage or carport with no vehicles present.

 

 

Valuable counter-measures include posted notices that your home is protected by a security system; notices that your home’s contents have been engraved and registered to make selling any stolen items difficult; and automatic switches that activate radios, televisions, or lights, preferably entire rooms at random intervals.

 

 

“House sitters,” or having a neighbor’s car in your driveway also help. To further discourage intruders, remember to keep all doors and windows locked, especially at basement and first-floor levels, or where the home is accessible from a fire escape, tree, porch, or other structure. Inside doors that lead to the basement or garage should be included in the keep-locked category. Ladders should not be stored outside, on an open porch, or hung under the eaves of a garage. Nor should vans or other tall vehicles be parked where they might serve as improvised ladders.

 

 

While windows in a ground-level door or in the adjacent frame may be decorative and serve to brighten a dark foyers, they may represent (for the more determined intruder) easy access to the inside doorknobs. Double cylinder locks, which require unlocking with a key, whether from the inside or outside, are one countermeasure. But be careful and keep the keys in a known location so that rapid exit can be made in an emergency. In addition, consider the many easy to install and well-priced security options on the market today. Most include a door camera and app allowing home owners to monitor the exterior and interior of the home from the phone empowering homeowners to monitor remotely.

 

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Jan. 25, 2023

Declutter to Destress

Jan 25, 2023

 

Household clutter is typical for many of us who want to avoid facing the daunting task of sorting through our belongings to decide what goes and what stays. Instead, we keep adding to the stockpile hoping that one day we will decide what to retain and part with. Unfortunately, the longer we wait, the larger the collection grows and the harder it is to manage our living space. The more accumulation there is, the greater the amount of dirt, dust, mold, and other contaminants you will have to tackle to avoid a health issue. The new year is the best time to start fresh by surveying your inventory and getting cracking on paring down your possessions for a cleaner, healthier, and more orderly home. Need help figuring out where to start? You are in good company! Here are some tips and suggestions for building a more livable and organized space.

 

 

Make a list and completion plan—Check all rooms and list all areas to be de-cluttered from easiest to hardest. Start with a small closet or drawer and progress to a larger space like your attic or basement. Decide how much time you want to devote to each location or task before starting. Make sure you give yourself adequate time to complete it.

 

 

Organize everyday items—Keep items you use daily such as linen, small appliances, utensils, and tools, in an area most appropriate to you that you can easily access (i.e., machinery in the garage, linens on a shelf in the bathroom) Once used, be consistent with putting these items away in the same place so that you know where to find them the next time.

 

 

Kitchen and pantry—A substantial portion of our time is spent shopping, preparing, and cooking meals. A great deal of time is spent in the kitchen, so it behooves us to have a clean and organized area to store and retrieve both perishable and non-perishable items. Start by removing items and wiping down shelving in cabinets and storage closets. Replace with new lining as needed and reorganize with attention to saving space and easier reach. Seal foods in airtight containers to preserve freshness. Empty contents from your refrigerator and wash detachable parts and drawers with warm water and mild dish detergent.

 

 

Tackle the junk drawer—The drawer where you put almost everything tends to get overstuffed. Reorganize it for easy and safe access. Sort contents into separate boxes or bags and label them. Secure sharp items such as scissors, razor blades, and knives where the edges are not exposed. Discard or secure unnecessary small objects that could get loose and easily swallowed by small children and pets.

 

 

Get help with heavy items—Larger old, unwanted, or damaged wares such as furniture, appliances, carpet, mattresses, or sporting gear can be collected by arranging pick up with a junk removal company. Many pickups can be scheduled by phone or online. Find a fast and affordable service or ask friends or family to help you transport unwanted items to the township dump. You can also donate clothing, shoes, and small appliances to charitable organizations like the Lupus Foundation.

 

 

With the New Year upon us, make a fresh start by decluttering your home of unnecessary baggage. You will free up space and create a cleaner, healthier environment. It will also boost your morale that you are contributing to a cleaner planet and giving to those in need.

 

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Jan. 19, 2023

Ensuring Healthy Air and Water Quality in Your Home

Jan 19, 2023

 

Since the Pandemic, many homeowners have spent more of their time inside their homes, whether for entertainment or work. IAQ (indoor air quality) and water have, thus, become increasingly focused, especially during the winter. As we spend more time indoors, our health can become negatively impacted by contaminants in our residence that we are not aware of yet should be. If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as allergies, frequent colds, nasal congestion, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or fever only when present at home, it could be due to certain toxins in the air and water. Here are some steps to identify and address a current issue and some easy preventative measures to preserve the air and water quality in your home and protect your health.

 

 

Let’s start with the air. You may be aware through smell that something isn’t right, yet some toxins may exist in large quantities that you are not privy to because they cannot be smelled, seen, or tasted. Mold and tobacco have a distinctive odor that can easily tip you off. Yet, carbon monoxide and radon are dangerous examples of colorless, odorless, and tasteless contaminants that can cause illness or death without warning if you don’t take steps to prevent onset. Let’s look at some safe and affordable ways to safeguard indoor air.

 

 

CO2 and smoke detectors—Everyone should have these installed in or near the bedroom or wherever they sleep. These can detect carbon monoxide and smoke and alert you with an alarm to awaken you, as necessary. Check functionality and change batteries at least twice per year.

 

 

Check for signs and symptoms of mold—If a moldy smell is not removed after cleaning, you could have an infestation that needs to be addressed by a mold specialist. Check for black spots, leaks, and damp areas.

 

 

Air filters and purifiers—Change your filters every three months or more frequently if you have pets, allergies, or a recent construction that could emit paint fumes and dust particles. Use a filtered or electronic air purifier which helps remove most of the dust particles, mold spores, and other airborne allergens. Opt for an electronic one as it is more efficient and put it in the bedroom where it will benefit you most.

 

 

Ventilation and humidity level—Use an exhaust fan while cleaning, cooking, and showering. Have a few house plants that will absorb some CO2 in the air. Keep the relative humidity in the home between 30 and 50%.

 

 

Regular cleaning schedule—It’s easy to neglect areas tucked away or not in frequent use. Dust regularly and carefully clean all crevices that could collect bacteria and mold. Spot clean mold before it becomes unmanageable. Be mindful of diluting strong cleaning products or use environmentally friendly products.

 

 

As important as the air is your drinking water. You can evaluate your water’s safety by a simple senses test. Strong indicators of contamination or poor quality are cloudiness, color, and a rotten egg or fishy smell. Toxicity in water can come from bacterial contamination and overtreatment with chemicals. Ingestion over time can lead to symptoms such as dehydration, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and muscle weakness. More serious complications include gastrointestinal, nervous system, reproductive issues, liver and kidney failure, and bone damage. If the water smells or tastes bleachy or metallic, it has an overabundance of chlorine or metals. If you suspect your drinking water may be contaminated, It’s best to stop drinking tap water and consult your utility company for safety measures. In the meantime, here are some helpful guidelines and common-sense steps to monitor and ensure your home’s water quality.

 

 

Be a smart consumer—You can obtain water quality reports from your local utility company that provide information about any toxins and health risks they pose. Check with your state’s EPA for any news about hazards and actions to improve water quality. You may consider investing in formal testing and analysis by a lab or special monitoring device for extra assurance.

 

 

Perform DIY water test—If you use a private and unregulated water source, you can contact a local water testing organization or the Water Quality Association to obtain a testing kit. Testing for lead should be done over time as it may not initially be detected.

 

 

Install a water-infiltration system—This is especially important if your home is over 20 years old and the plumbing shows signs of corrosion. This system can remove lead and other contaminants. Ask your water company or a plumber if you need a professional evaluation.

 

 

Maintaining indoor air quality and drinking water in your home is an ongoing process that should be prioritized for your health. Through safe and affordable means, you can protect and preserve those two life-giving elements in your home that we often take for granted. It’s important to assess your home’s environment regularly and to keep track of any unusual changes or chronic symptoms.

 

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Jan. 17, 2023

Kitchen Trends for 2023

Jan 17, 2023

 

Are you tired of facing another year looking at the same humdrum colors, designs, and surfaces in your kitchen? Do you feel materials need to be updated? Like others, you spend much time here prepping, cooking, and entertaining. Consider redecorating for the new year! Peruse the following kitchen design trends for 2023 that many designers are predicting or currently observing as popular. Let these invigorate your drive for change and help you decide what appeals to your needs, wants, and budget.

 

 

Bright colors versus neutral—Decadent and saturated colors for the walls and cabinetry, such as blue, green, red, and brown, have become preferred over gray and white. Also, vibrant patterns such as Art Deco are becoming the rage and layering with multiple colors such as two-toned cabinets and backsplashes. Statement lighting, instead of a subdued ambiance, is preferred to accent the environment further.

 

 

Mixing and matching countertops—It’s become customary to install different surfaces for practicality and diversity. For example, a marble counter for baking and a butcher block for preparation and serving. Granite is another option, yet it is becoming outdated and being replaced by quartzite and porcelain. These are preferred over speckled granite surfaces because of their subtlety and ease of keeping clean. Differing metals can be used side by side for an interesting contrast.

 

 

Open Space—The kitchen is becoming increasingly popular for entertainment, creating more demand for additional space for food preparation. Open shelving is being replaced with lower drawers, and walk-in pantries are preferred over bulky kitchen islands for out-of-the-way prep and clean-up. Alfresco kitchens with a neighboring vegetable and herb garden allow us to eat fresher in a natural setting. Those who cannot afford to expand their kitchens physically are getting creative by adding durable tables that can be used as countertops and for seating.

 

 

Sustainability—a desire for simpler times in a complicated world is creating a push for organic materials and efficient appliances. Surfaces made with brick, stone, patina, and rattan bring a sense of warmth and countrified living as opposed to the sleekness and sterility of steel and plastic. For that matter, wood cabinetry with artisan details is considered quaint and inviting again, as are curtains and other fabrics which add a soft contrast to harder elements. Smart appliances such as Wi-Fi-connected programmable cookers and induction ovens cook quickly and retain heat to save on energy costs.

 

 

Utilitarian yet stylish—Although there is a growing need for more practicality and earthiness in kitchen design, the desire for upscale style has not diminished. Plush, state-of-the-art appliances prominently displayed without the appearance of bulkiness and dysconnectivity have gained importance, such as with backless stoves and hidden electrical outlets.

 

 

You have options for redecorating your kitchen, and the design world is full of trending suggestions for the new year. Whether you go bright and bold, warm and rustic, or combine the two, you can find the perfect décor to re-design the kitchen of your dreams for 2023.

 

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Jan. 13, 2023

Test Your Home Smarts

Jan 13, 2023

 

How much do you know about home maintenance? Test your knowledge by responding to each of the statements with TRUE or FALSE.

 

 

1. You should not clean concrete floors unless they are painted. T/F

 

 

2. Never use salt for traction on icy sidewalks because it damages the pavement. T/F

 

 

3. Forced-air furnace filters need to be changed every three months. T/F

 

 

4. You should run hot water through the garbage disposal to help break down food scraps. T/F

 

 

5. Throw in a handful of sugar to prevent soot and add color to the fire in your fireplace. T/F

 

 

6. Firewood should be stored away from the fireplace in another room. T/F

 

 

7. You can use equal parts of vinegar and warm water per gallon to clean exterior windows. T/F

 

 

8. Your water heater should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. T/F

 

 

9. Skylights should be inspected twice per year. T/F

 

 

10. If you notice film on your kitchen cabinets, you should clean your range hood grease filter. T/F

 

 

11. A qualified roofer should inspect your roof every three years. T/F

 

 

12. Noisy water pipes should be fixed at first notice of a leak. T/F

 

 

Let’s see how well you did. Here are the answers:

 

 

1. False-You can clean unpainted concrete floors with a solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of sodium carbonate in a gallon of hot water. Mix scouring powder to the solution for tough jobs.

 

 

2. True- Use sand or cat litter.

 

 

3. True- A minimum of 3 months, more often if you have pets or allergies.

 

 

4. False- Use cold water because hot may cause fats to thicken and stick to the blades.

 

 

5. False- Use salt to prevent soot and add color; the salt combines with the water in the burning wood to create an acid that dissolves the soot. Color is created when the heat changes the salt’s electrons, producing photons of light.

 

 

6. False- Firewood should be stored outside, away from your house, and not directly on the ground.

 

 

7. False- Per quart of warm water.

 

 

8. True.

 

 

9. False- Skylights should be inspected regularly as they are prone to leakage from cracks around seals.

 

 

10. True.

 

 

11. True.

 

 

12. False- They should be fixed promptly because the vibration that it causes can loosen fittings and start a leak.

 

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Jan. 11, 2023

Five New Year Resolutions for Your Home

Jan 11, 2023

 

A new year is often a time you are thinking about changes you want to make. You may consider personal, financial, and other lifestyle adjustments, but what about your living space? Changes to your home may be necessary to refresh and renew it to increase safety and comfort and make you feel happier while also saving you money. A major renovation is an option, although there are some changes you can do cheaply and easily yourself without needing professional labor.

 

 

The first step is to assess what needs to be done. It could be you are tired of looking at the same color and décor of a room and may want to redecorate. Upon closer inspection, you may realize that you need to repair, replace or even update. If you know you need to make changes but don’t know where to start, the following ideas can help you create a checklist of assessments and tasks to get started.

 

A New Look

A new look—If you can’t afford a full overhaul, you can do a mini-makeover. Rearrange your furniture and replace your wall décor. It could be as simple as finding a new location for a coach or coffee table and replacing an existing gallery of photos. You may also want to repaint a room a different color, add a mirror, or accessorize a spare room for a particular use. Also, consider your home’s outside attractiveness by improving its curb appeal, hence increasing its value. Some simple projects could be painting the front door, planting hedges, or adding outdoor furniture and path lighting.

Save on Energy

Save on energy costs—If a high electric bill has given you cause, make some adjustments by considering alternations to your lighting, heating, and appliances. If appliances like your dishwasher, washer, dryer, or refrigerator are dated, they probably use more energy than is necessary. Considering purchasing newer, more efficient models. Make a switch with your lighting by replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. As for heating, connect your system to a smart thermostat. Why heat an empty room you don’t frequently use? You can control your heat settings through a smartphone app, scheduling specific rooms to get heated when inhabited.

Clean and De-clutter

Clean and de-clutter large storage areas—Think of your basement, attic, and garage. These areas tend to amass large amounts of stored items we don’t know what to do with. Create three piles, one pile of things you need, one to be discarded, and another that is questionable. For the dubious pile, consult your family about what items should be donated or sold. If you cannot part with something, you can minimize clutter by organizing your treasured belongings into labeled bins or adding more shelving.

Improve Health and Functionality

Improve health and functionality—Keep everyone in your home healthy by checking the indoor air quality and ensuring the food you have is good to eat. Vent your bathroom to prevent mold by installing an exhaust fan or cracking a window during cleaning and after showers. Always check the dates on cans and bottles and dispose of expired foods. Preserve perishables such as produce by inserting packets into your crisper drawer that absorb gases emitted by fruits and vegetables. These can be purchased at a home improvement or grocery store. Keep your air free of dirt and allergens by changing your furnace filter monthly or as needed. If you can’t see clearly through the filter, it’s time for a new one. Inspect your foundation for any cracks that could cause water to seep in and pests to have access. You can caulk small cracks, but a professional should address larger ones to avoid structural problems.

Test safety devices and fire hazarss

Test safety devices and fire hazards—Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for functionality and add new batteries. Follow all safety instructions and practice precautions when using a stove, fireplace, electronics, or other electrical and gas appliances. Remove grease and lint to prevent fires. Check that cords are not frayed and repair or replace them as needed. Keep any flammable materials away from heat sources.

With these five considerations for change, you can organize the tasks by devising a maintenance schedule for cleaning, replacing, repairing, or discarding. Come up with a daily, weekly, or monthly plan of specific chores your whole family can accomplish. Once you have a system in place, you can ensure you are attending to all the needs of your home come another new year while saving you money.

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Jan. 2, 2023

Make Your Home Pet-Friendly

Jan 02, 2023

 

You can have a beautiful home while making it safe and comfortable for your pets, your family, and young children. Keeping a house clean, odor-free, and elegant can be difficult when you have a four-legged creature running around. However, with attention to your pet’s comfort and making it easy on yourself, you can maintain a tidy and attractive home that serves both animal and human needs. Here are some ways you can make your home safe and accessible for pets while also protecting it from damage, dirt, and allergens.

 

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuum regularly—It may feel like a burden to have to pull out the vacuum more often than if you didn’t have a pet. However, shedding fur can build up very quickly, creating an allergic environment. Invest in a good vacuum that can suck up hair from carpets, floors, and furniture. Consider a system that vacuums for you such as a Roomba specifically designed to handle pet hair.

Bathe and Groom

Bathe and groom your pet often—Shampooing, brushing, trimming, and clipping regularly will keep your cat or dog clean longer with less shedding and wear and tear on your furniture, rugs, floors, and upholstery.

Choose Your Fabrics and Flooring With Pets In Mind

Use stain-resistant and washable fabrics—Use synthetic fabric resistant to stains, mud, smells, and bacteria. Choose materials that are easy to clean, such as leather or washable cotton blankets, bedsheets, and mattress pads. Choose flooring over wall-to-wall carpeting—A carpet is difficult to keep clean due to its absorption of stains and odors. If you prefer carpet, choose a low pile that’s easier to clean and won’t snag your pet’s toenails, causing an unraveling. It’s simpler to clean up a pet accident from a bare floor, especially hardwood floors. They are easy to mop and vacuum, yet a caveat is they are not resistant to scratch marks from a large dog. Ceramic tile is the most resistant to stains and scratches, while porous stone isn’t.

Create a pet-friendly space

Create a pet-friendly space near entrances—Provide an accessible doorway for your pet to come in and go out. The floor should be easy to clean when tracking in dirt. There should be a closet, cabinet, or drawer to keep pet accessories and food. If you have the space in your yard, create a contained area with toys to keep your pets amused in the warm weather. Rubber toys are a good substitute for rawhide bones which are messy and unhealthy for dogs. It gives your dog something to chew on other than the furniture, and they won’t be subjected to harmful nitrates. A scratching or climbing post for your cats will allow them to exercise while distracting them from jumping on and clawing furniture. If you must keep your pet in a crate overnight, make it comfortable with enough padding. If the container is unsightly, you can build a top cover to make it a bench seat.

Inspect All Areas

Inspect all areas for danger to your pets—Check for and remove any hazards that could lead to choking, electric shock, and suffocation. Just like you would protect young children, the same applies to your pets. Keep poisonous items, medications, and human food out of an animal’s reach. Research safe plants to purchase and avoid feeding foods that are harmful to your pet by checking the ASPCA database. Keep a tight lid on your garbage pail and place toilet lids down if you use an automatic bowl cleaner. Secure electrical cords and pull strings on blinds and curtains. Prevent falling injuries—Install sturdy screens, and don’t leave ladders out that your pets may be tempted to climb.

Your pets are like family members, yet you should still be able to preserve your home’s inner and outer assets. With these cleaning, grooming, and safety tips, you can cater to your pet’s comforts and well-being while maintaining beauty, functionality, and cleanliness in your home.

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Dec. 27, 2022

Restoring Wood Furniture

Dec 27, 2022

 

Among many cherished items in our homes, vintage wood furniture is a favorite of many. Whether we cherish them for monetary or sentimental value, we want to preserve and protect these pieces for however long we can. However, these antiques and family heirlooms can become worn and damaged with age and neglect. Our best option is to restore our old furniture items by learning how to clean, repair, and refinish them. With the following guidelines and steps, you can bring out the natural beauty of your vintage furniture lost over time and add character to your home.

 

 

Research and Examine—Assess the extent of wear and tear. If the item is a valuable antique, you should consult a restoration specialist before restoring it yourself. You also want to consider its age and quality. Intricacies, such as detailing through paint and gilding, may require an artful hand.

 

 

Know your goals and project length— Decide how you want your piece to coordinate with other décor and furnishings in your home. Get an idea of the true grain color before you restore it to ensure it will match different pieces. Find a spot on the furniture that’s been protected from everyday wear so that you will have a frame of reference. If you determine that the restoration process will be lengthy, decide whether you will have enough time to accomplish it.

 

 

Establish a budget—If the wood needs repair, determine if it can be fixed inexpensively. If so, how much are you willing to spend? Will the repair cost you less than buying a new item?

 

 

Choose the appropriate products—It will depend on whether you want to restore the luster or repair an imperfection such as a split, hole, scratch, or dent. If you’re going to clean and shine up the wood, start with a simple cleaning solution to remove dirt and grime build-up. For matte surfaces, you can mix one part vinegar with one part olive or mineral oil and apply a thin layer before buffing. Another method is diluted Ivory dish soap with a light sponge or sugar soap and warm water. Thoroughly rinse and towel dry completely. To restore color and sheen, use a top-quality wax that will yield a glossy and resilient finish. Use beeswax, linseed oil, or other products with natural ingredients specially formulated to conceal blemishes and preserve old wood. Test all products in a small area. Consider stripping the old finish if the surface has not improved or is marred. If you want to remove old wax without sanding, you can use a special polish remover before applying the new wax.

 

 

Stripping and repairing—For stripping, you can use an abrasive, sanding implement, or a chemical stripper. Both can be messy so take precautions to protect your floor and nearby furniture. You can wet the sandpaper to minimize dust and ensure the room you work in is well-ventilated. Use hard wax for scratches, dents, and holes, and fix cracks with colored wax fill sticks. Use wood glue for splits. After applying glue, use a clamp to tighten the wood together, wipe off excess adhesive with a damp sponge, and let dry overnight. For missing wood, use a wood epoxy that you can sand and shape after it is hardened. Stain it to blend with the other wood.

 

 

Safety and preventative measures– When using chemical restoratives, protect yourself against fumes and contact with skin by wearing goggles or a mask, gloves, and long sleeves. Ventilate the room before you begin restoring. Prevent your wood from drying and warping by keeping it away from radiators and fires. Do not place wood furniture beneath a window that can be bleached by the sun.

 

 

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Dec. 22, 2022

Child Proof Your Home

Dec 22, 2022

 

Child Proof Your Home for the Holidays

 

 

Keeping children safe from danger is a parent’s priority and a full-time job. Unfortunately, accidents in the household do happen, such as a fall, burn, or choking. However, many childhood injuries are easily preventable if parents properly child-proof their homes. Start by observing each room on a child’s level to look for potential hazards. Here are some ways to make your home safe for young children who may be living in the home or visiting over the holidays.

 

 

Remove electrical hazards—Holiday lights and decorations can attract curious young minds. Make sure all lighting, appliances and cords are out of a child’s reach, especially away from sleeping, bathing, and changing areas. Cover all electrical outlets with child-safe covers.

 

 

Minimize risks of falling—Use baby gates and place them at the top and bottom of the staircase or to prevent access to areas or decorations that pose a risk. Remove large objects like stuffed animals and pillows from the crib so a toddler can’t climb out.

 

 

Secure large furniture— Flat panel TVs and other wall units should be securely fastened with brackets, braces, and wall straps for stability.

 

 

Keep small items, firearms, and sharp objects out of reach items, such as batteries, buttons, coins, knives, and scissors, should be stored to avoid choking and injury. Guns should always be locked away.

 

 

Supervise children near water, heat, and flame—Never leave children unattended in the bathtub or swimming pool. Prevent scald burns by setting your water heater to 120 degrees. Watch them around the kitchen stove, fireplaces, fire pits, and barbeque grills: store matches, candles, and lighters in a hidden location.

 

 

Buy safety devices—Corner and edge bumpers prevent injury from falls against sharp edges. Knob covers discourage young children from turning them to enter rooms you wish to keep them out of. Cordless coverings and guards for windows are recommended to prevent strangulation and tragic falls.

 

 

Besides these methods, it’s always important to practice daily common-sense safety measures. Watch your children at all times. Keep emergency phone numbers updated and handy. Check your smoke detectors and monoxide alarms regularly to ensure they function properly, and change batteries once or twice per year. Choose a 4-foot-tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates for outdoor play areas. In case of injury, poisoning, and other accidents, learn childhood first aid and CPR so that you are equipped to treat your child before the EMT arrives.

 

 

We can never be overly cautious regarding being aware of the danger zones in the household that can lead to childhood injuries. Take the necessary precautions to child-proof your home for to protect your children or visiting guests to enjoy a happy and safe holiday.

 

 

For more information about childproofing visit https://www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/kids-and-babies/childproofing-your-home-12-safety-devices-protect

 

 

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Dec. 20, 2022

Tips for Creating a Home Office

Dec 20, 2022

 

A large percentage of the workforce now is working from home. A devoted area that is free from personal distractions such as family and pets is necessary to concentrate on work tasks. If you want to create space in your home for an office but can’t afford an elaborate renovation, think about converting a spare room or corner of the house with these practical modifications.

 

choose a room

 

 

Choose a room—Decide which room or corner of one will make the best office space. Choose one with a window if you enjoy looking out but check that it is free from outdoor noise.

clean and declutter

Clean out and declutter—Keep only the items you will use in your office. Paint the room a color that suits your mood. Decide on a hard floor or carpet.
Place Furniture convenient to outlets—Consider placing important equipment such as lamps, TVs, computers, and printers near electrical sources for easy plug-in. Make sure you have access to cable and internet connections. Invest in fast, reliable service. Buy a WiFi extender if you need to increase the network signal.

choose furniture

 

 

Choose your Furniture and accessories—Decide what you need to make your office function, such as a phone, computer, printer, filing cabinet, etc. Measure the size of a desk, bookshelves, and other items to ascertain the proper fit. Buy only the size you need for the equipment you have. Start with a big piece so you have room to maneuver it and put it together if needed. Buy an ergonomic chair to support your back during long hours of sitting.

make it yours

 

 

Hang wall décor—Hanging whiteboards, bulletin boards, family pictures, certificates, awards, and motivational quotes will help organize your office and make you feel good. Hang and display artwork that reflects your style, personality, and interests.

promote a healthy environment

 

 

Promote health and energy efficiency—Add plants for a healthy work environment and purchase an electronic thermostat to control temperature output.
Try it on for size—Make sure you are comfortable with your arrangement and that all electronics function properly. Sit at your desk for a while and make any necessary changes before you start work.

If your home is your castle, your home office is a big part of that. Design it with attention to the comfort and functionality needed to get down to business. With these suggestions for change, you can convert a residential room or area into a productive office domain.

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