Category Archives: Holidays

Tips & Tricks for the Holidays

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s official, winter is here, the leaves have fallen and so has the snow, plenty of it! Here’s a short list of some maintenance to consider as you ready your home for the winter. As always, be safe, if you’re not certain about doing it call a professional.
Maintenance Checklist
• Change out your HVAC filter. Do this at least at the start of every new season. Depending on the filter manufacturer’s recommendation, perhaps more often. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to be deprived of air flow and work harder to heat less.
• Replace the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and check to make sure these are all in working order.
• Drain your exterior hose and faucet. Water left in those lines can freeze causing the pipes to burst. Continue reading

Tips for Surviving Christmas!

redballsOHSA probably will not be coming around this holiday season, but maybe they should. Hundreds of people are hurt every year installing holiday decorations. Cuts, broken bones, strains, electrocution, and falls from ladders, falls from roofs, tripping, slipping, and sliding are the things that will do it every time putting a big damper on your family holiday. Here are six ways to make life easier and longer lasting.

  1. Moving Heavy Boxes – Don’t carry too much weight. Bend your knees when picking things up. Use a dolly or cart to move items around. Be extra careful when carrying up or down stairs. Get help for the big awkward boxes that you can’t get your hands around. Continue reading

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

home-fireplace-free-desktop-wallpaper_1920x1200_81871As the season changes and a chill is in the air, we retreat into the comfort of the warm glow of a crackling fire.  While a properly installed and working fireplace can provide years of enjoyment, some maintenance and precaution is necessary to keep it that way.

•Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it’s going up and out. Continue reading