Safety Tips For Your Home This Holiday Season

The National Fire Protection Association safety tips for this holiday season are common sense for many of us, yet we insist on doing many of the things that are dangerous to the safety of our families.

According to The National Fire Protection Association, more than 1/3 of home decoration fires started by candles, and almost half of the home decoration fires started because decorations were placed too close to a heating source.

We enjoy the lights and decorations around the home to help us celebrate the holiday season so much so, that we neglect safety tips that can prevent fires and damages done to our homes.

Safety during the holiday season should be your most important concern, and it’s not very difficult to read safety labels and follow them accordingly. Keep your home safe by following these common-sense safety tips.

  1. Test ALL the smoke detectors in your home.  Replace the batteries and replace the old smoke detectors that are not working properly
  2. Buy a small fire extinguisher.  It can cost you less than $15 dollars and save you thousands.
  3. Keep the fire extinguisher close to the kitchen.  Fires that begin in the kitchen are numerous during the holiday season and can get out of control in a matter of seconds
  4. If cooking extensively during the holidays, make sure children are protected from oil burns, or other stove-related injuries by talking to them ahead of time.  Baking cookies should not be the beginning of a trip to the emergency room
  5. Place the Christmas tree away from the fireplace and any other heating sources
  6. Place candles away from flammables decorations, walls, curtains, or any item that can catch fire quickly.
  7. Indoor lights should not be placed outdoors and vice versa.  Follow the safety instructions from the manufacturer.
  8. Test the Christmas lights before using them.  If the cords are damaged or the lights are old and unreliable, buy a new set.  They are very inexpensive all other expenses considered.
  9. DON’T leave any candles lighted or Christmas tree on if you leave the home.
  10. Books, magazines or newspapers should never be left close to candles or other heating sources

Remember the holiday season is a time of joy.  Keep your loved ones safe during this time of year.


Fall and Winter Chores To Maintain A Beautiful Home

Affordable housing is not a joke.  Many people around the country cannot afford to own their own home or rent a home without spending a large portion of their income paying rent. 

Owning a home is without a doubt a huge expense, but for many families, it’s a stabilizing force that gives them a sense of security. Homeownership allows communities to grow and be safe, and to create an environment where children feel safe and thrive.

But, for many families owning a home and maintaining a home can be a struggle. A good rule of thumb says a homeowner should set aside 1% of the purchase price for the yearly maintenance of their home. If you stretched your finances to the maximum buying the home of your dreams, the yearly maintenance of the home might be a bit difficult to accomplish.

Keeping with the maintenance of your home means taking care of the problems that arise in a timely matter.  Ignoring a problem or procrastinating can cost the homeowner more the longer he waits.

From easy chores to prepare your home for the changing seasons to extensive work your home might need, yearly checkup maintenance is key in maintaining and keeping your home beautiful

Are you now getting ready for the fall and winter chores your home needs to keep it running efficiently? Here is a checklist for you to go through. 

  1. Replace/test smoke detectors around your home
  2. Schedule a winter maintenance check for your furnace
  3. Change the filters in the furnace
  4. Check windows and doors to make sure the seals are intact
  5. Buy a carbon monoxide detector or test the one you have at home
  6. Clean the gutters from all leaves or debris
  7. Cut or trim all branches close to the home
  8. Shut off sprinklers and store away any gardening supplies
  9. Empty the gasoline tank from your lawn mower
  10. Make sure your shovels and rakes are handy for this fall and winter

5 big ticket items you might need to check and price before this year is over.

  1. Basement waterproofing
  2. Replace windows or doors
  3. Upgrade or replace an old heating system
  4. Replace the water tank
  5. Replace your AC unit

These are big-ticket items that you might need to do some research or call contractors or companies for pricing.  If you do the research first and call different companies to compare prices, you can get a good price and a good company to do the job.