Don’t sweat summer, check out these cool tips.

June is National Home Safety Month!

Home Safety Checklist

The Home Safety Council dedicates the month of June “Home Safety Month” to educate and empower both families and businesses to take actions that will make homes safe

Things you need to have a safe home:

  • Deadbolt locks and heavy-duty strike plates
  • Outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion-detector controlled
  • Carbon monoxide alarms & smoke detectors on every level or your home
  • Bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings
  • Handrails on both sides of the stairs and steps
  • Window treatments free of dangling cords if small children are present
  • Baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, if babies or toddlers live in or visit your home
  • Fresh Fire extinguisher
  • A ladder for climbing instead of a stool or furniture
  • Childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning materials
  • Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters
  • Individual shut-off valves for each gas appliance
  • List of emergency numbers located prominently near the phone
  • Grab bars within easy reach in each tub and shower stall
  • Anti-scald shower/tub water controls
  • Hot water heater set at or below 120 degrees F to prevent burns
  • Up-to-date first-aid kit
  • Fire-escape ladder (if bedrooms are above main levels)
  • A fence around your pool and/or spa with a locking gate
  • A shed with a lock for storing your lawn equipment, gasoline, pesticides, and pool and/or spa chemicals

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Cold weather can take a toll on any home, but here are some tips to get your home back in shape.

  • Clean the walkway – pressure wash the walkway and replace any damaged pavers or bricks or fill concrete cracks with a masonry filler.
  • Clean the gutters – clean leaves and debris from your gutters and look for any leaks in your gutters or downspouts the next time it rains.
  • Clean the deck – use a deck brush or power washer plus deck-cleaning solution to remove mold, dirt, and mildew. If the finish is worn, you will want to reseal it in a few days after it has had time to dry.
  • Repair the siding – inspect for any damaged pieces or post-winter rot, then use a nylon scrub brush or power washer plus an all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and mold from vinyl, aluminum, or engineered wood siding. Now touch up any faded stain or chipped paint.
  • Clean the AC condenser – shut down the power on the electric panel, then clear away any leaves or branches lodged in the unit. Wash down all the coils with a garden hose. If you find any chewed wires, call a pro to repair them.

Energy Efficiency

The summer season generally means hot days and higher electricity costs, but there are ways in which we can still make our lives a little more energy efficient. Try these tips for an energy smart season!

  • Add caulk and/or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
  • Remember three important words: TURN IT OFF. Don’t leave the video game on pause, or the computer in sleep mode. Those electronics are still using energy, even when you aren’t using them.
  • Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room airconditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • Postpone laundry and dishwashing until nighttime to avoid generating extra heat in your home. Also, consider taking advantage of the warmer air and dry your laundry outside.
  • Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the strong sunlight from heating your home.
  • Consider installing a ceiling fan. During hot weather a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and keep the air circulating in your home.
  • If you have a pool, turn off your filter overnight when the pool is not in use.

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