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Owners-Fire Safety

 

Fire safety: a priority for everyone

 

Each year, fires kill more Americans than any other natural disaster. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 80% of fire deaths occur in residences. While no home can ever be completely fireproof, there are many steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of fire for your family and your home:

Smoke detectors are the most important part of your home fire safety! Make sure your home has smoke detectors at least in every bedroom, and test them frequently.

Use appliances wisely. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that an appliance needs to be shut off and either repaired or replaced. Unplug appliances when not in use.

Never overload circuits or extension cords. Don't place cords or wires under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas.

Portable heaters need at least three feet of space from any combustible materials.

Fireplaces should be used with fire screens, and chimneys should have annual cleanings.

Have at least two fire extinguishers in your home, with one in a designated place in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the leading cause of both home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S.

Extinguish candles before going to bed or when leaving a room.

If smoking indoors, always use an ashtray and exercise caution. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

Properly inspect and maintain your home's heating system. Poorly maintained heating systems cause many fires.

Consider the installation of a home sprinkler system. Such systems are now much more affordable and greatly diminish the risk of fire injuries.

These are just a few ways that you can make your home a safer place from fire. More information can be found on the U.S. Fire Administration's website, www.usfa.fema.gov, or by contacting your local fire department. If you want more tips for homeowners, visit my website. I'd also be happy to answer any home owning or real estate questions your may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Owners-Types of Paint

Choosing the type of paint that's best for your home

The exterior paint of your home functions in many ways like the clothes you wear: to create an important first impression. If you're considering a do-it-yourself project of repainting your house, you first need to carefully review and select the kind of paint you'll use. There are several factors to weigh when choosing a paint type, such as drying time vs. durability. The type of paint used in previous layers is also important, as is cost. Here are the basic kinds of paint you'll see:

Stains
Solvent or water-thinned stains can provide semitransparent, transparent, or solid finishes for wood, and some may include preservatives.

Primers
New wood or metal should be sealed with a suggested primer. In general one coat of primer and one coat of finish will be more durable than two coats of finish.

Oil
Oil paints have a long drying time (12 to 48 hours), which can make sudden rains a danger, but are extremely durable. Strong odors and difficult cleanup also make this more of a choice for professionals than amateurs.

Alkyd
A solvent-thinned, synthetic-resin paint, alkyds have many of the properties of oil-based paints but dry more quickly. Works well over older oil or alkyd layers.

Acrylic
Technically a type of latex paint, acrylics dry very quickly and will work on almost any building material.

Latex
A popular choice for amateurs, latex paints offer easy cleanup, solid durability, and fast drying times. Latex paints may be incompatible with an existing oil or alkyd layer.

Be sure to thoroughly review the options before beginning your painting project. Hardware and home stores are often willing to help you make the right choice. More information and tips for homeowners can also be found on my website. If you have any questions about your home, don't hesitate to call me.

 

  

 



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