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15 Home Safety Tips and Reminders $ave Time and Money.

 Don’t be a statistic.  Help keep your family safe and warm all winter. 
  1. Service your heaters and air conditioners yearly. Air filters should be changed monthly, during heavy use. See just what’s in the air you breathe? Yuck. Why not change the filter before you freeze your socks off this year
  2. So, I know you clean your dryer’s lint screen after every use, don’t you? Well, my daughter doesn’t.

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  3. Keep all combustibles away from water heaters. Keep the flame door closed and air flow clear.
  4. Prevent that annoying, low battery beeping. Change smoke detector batteries, yearly. We’ve had this rude awakening at night!
  5. During daylight, before use, (duh) make sure the fireplace flue is open. Go ahead, just stick your head in there and check for light from above. Look for the lever that opens the damper. (Watch out for bats… just kidding, unless you live in a castle.) Who wants a glorious fire, with a house full of smoke? Great way to check if the smoke detector works! Been there, done that, too.
  6. For Space Heaters, check that cords are grounded, not frayed or broken. Keep heaters away from bedding, curtains, furniture and liquid flammables. Use only heaters with tip-over, shut-off switches and grills around heating elements. DON’T leave unattended! Especially around children, the sick and elderly, or your pets. They could bump or touch unit, get burned, or tip the unit over. Caged animals can get too warm if placed too close.
  7. Don’t use unattended kitchen stove or oven for heating.
  8. Check other power cords and don’t overload sockets. Only one appliance per extension cord! Are Christmas tree lights still in good condition?

    To save on utility bills try these ideas.

  9. For central heating try these money-saving tips. Get better air circulation, especially in two-story homes. Turn on the “FAN” setting, for constant air distribution, even when the heating element shuts off. To save energy, keep a consistent temperature when home during the day and lower or turn off at night. If you have a room not in use, close that air vent. Open all downstairs air vents and partially close upstairs vents, since heat rises. In fact, in warm weather, we reverse this practice with our air conditioning. We open all upstairs vents and tilt downstairs vents. Big savings on usage and costs. “Cha-Ching! file-12
  10. Reverse Ceiling Fans direction for winter use. Look for a switch on the motor, if you don’t have a remote or pull chain.
  11. At night, close window blinds and curtains. When daylight, let the sunshine in with warmth and cheerful brightness.
  12. Caulk leaky windows and weatherize exterior door jams.
  13. Place draft blockers, towels or rugs, at the base of exterior doors.
  14. Electrical outlets and utility wall holes leak cold air, as well as, entice local ants, bugs, spiders and small critters like mice! Eww. Aerosol foam sealers harden and fill gaps.
  15. Of course, wall and attic insulation are great, if affordable.

WARNING: Possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Do not use gas kitchen stoves for home heating.
  • Never leave anything unattended, cooking on the stove, or in the oven overnight.
  • Don’t leave fireplace or candles burning without supervision. Turn off gas and extinguish the fire, before leaving or going to bed.
  • Never use outdoor barbecues or propane gas equipment for heating indoors, in closed garages, or buildings.

With our busy lifestyles, we sometimes, tend to forget the simplest of safety checks. This inconclusive list of tips was a reminder, and possibly gave you more ideas for your own cozy, family home.

Don’t forget your Fire Extinguisher!

Any thoughts? Please let me know.

 

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