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  • 10/25/2018

    6 Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Home Fire

    This is some information my insurance sent me, and I found it very helpful.

    A fire can happen in a flash, catching you off guard and making it difficult to escape. Fortunately, knowledge of common fire hazards can improve your odds of preventing or surviving a home fire. Here are six common reasons house fire start, as well as what you can do to reduce your risk.

    1. Cooking

    Most cooking fires are caused by people’s behavior, not appliance failure. A majority of these fires happen when people leave food cooking unattended on the stovetop. Other common mistakes include leaving burners or ovens on after cooking, leaving combustibles such as potholders too close to heat sources, and wearing loose-fitting sleeves near burners.
    Unattended cooking is involved in almost two-thirds of reported cooking fires. The best way to prevent these fires is to closely supervise your cooking. Take extra care when frying or deep frying food or when cooking with oils, butter or other grease products, and clean up food spills or accumulated grease that could catch fire.
    Home sprinkler systems provide significant protection for your family and property. They are designed so that only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. Ninety percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler. If you are building or renovating a home, consider installing sprinklers, especially in a high-risk area such as the kitchen.

    2. Heating

    Supplemental heating sources add warmth to a home, but they also add considerable fire risk. Most home heating fires are caused by failure to clean wood-burning devices, lack of proper clearance around space heaters, improper heater refueling, or simple human error.
    Fireplaces are a popular home heating option. Although they lend beauty and atmosphere, their use also increases your fire risk. Use a fire screen or fireplace doors to contain sparks, and keep combustibles at least three feet away. Keep your fireplace clean, using appropriate tools and containers for the ashes and coals. Hire a professional to inspect the chimney annually and clean it as needed.

    3. Smoking

    Smoking is one fire risk over which you have complete control. Careless abandonment or disposal of lighted tobacco products is a leading cause of home fires. Not only that, but more people die in fires started by smoking materials than in any other type of fire. And in homes where people smoke, there’s a greater chance that matches or lighters might be left where children could play with them, further increasing the risk of a fire.

    4. Candles

    Candles have become increasingly popular, whether to create atmosphere, to release fragrance, or to keep insects away. In recent years, the number of home fires caused by candles has tripled. Nearly 40% of candle fires started because candles were unattended or used improperly. If you use candles, set them up safely and extinguish them when you leave the room, even if only for a few minutes. And take precautions to never fall asleep while candles are lit.

    5. Electricity

    Even in newer homes, increased demand from multiple appliances may strain a home’s electrical system and increase your fire risk. Be sure to consult a qualified, licensed electrician to evaluate your home’s electrical system or to assist you when you purchase, repair, or remodel a home. They can help you reduce electrical fire risks.
    Also take note of certain warning signs that may indicate electrical problems that could cause a fire. Contact a licensed electrician if you notice dimming or flickering lights; outlets or switches that are hot to the touch or emit an acrid odor; discolored cords, outlets, and switch plates; or repeated blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.

    6. Furniture

    Since the 1970s, upholstered furniture fires have declined in part because of evolutionary changes in the materials used to make upholstered furniture. Nevertheless, upholstered seating may be one of the most dangerous items in the home because it contains foams and fillers that if ignited, burn rapidly, release tremendous heat, and produce toxic gases. Mo
    st fatal home fires involve the ignition of upholstered furniture. Be particularly careful when smoking around upholstered furniture and always keep portable heat sources at least three feet away.
    When shopping for upholstered furniture, choose products that are designed to be more fire resistant. Look for furniture made under the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) program, or furnishings that meet the requirements of California Bureau of Home Furnishings (CAL 117). Furniture that complies with any one of these standards will still burn, but it will burn more slowly and release less toxic smoke, giving you more time to escape.
    Bedding fires caused by cigarettes have declined significantly over the last several years, in part because the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard mandates that mattresses be made from safer materials. However, there has also been a marked increase in bedding fires caused by small open flames such as candles, matches and lighters. In fact, most candle fires start in bedrooms. Don’t smoke in bed, and keep open flames such as candles, matches and lighters away from all beds.
    Fire can be incredibly destructive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare yourself. By taking the right steps (which includes having enough home insurance), you can help safeguard yourself, your family and your home.  Learn more about preventing, detecting and escaping home fires.
    I hope we all enjoy this Winter!

  • 10/25/2018

    How to Host a Disaster-Free Thanksgiving

    This article came from my insurance company & I wanted to share it.

    Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. Every year, millions of people across the nation take to the roads, rails and skies to make it home in time for this special day. And yet, for many, Thanksgiving Day often ends in tears—or a visit from the fire department.
    But your Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be ruined by brawling relatives or kitchen emergencies. Here are some tips to help you avoid common Thanksgiving disasters.

    Cooking Calamities

    Imagine that it’s Thanksgiving and everyone is gathered around your table, hungry and waiting for the main course… which is still in the oven, partly frozen. The only situation more awkward and heartbreaking for hosts is the reverse of this scenario: You proudly remove the turkey from the oven, ready to serve it, only to find it’s been transformed into a charred lump.
    Here are a few tips to help you prevent such setbacks and, if they do occur, to gracefully deal with them.
    • Give yourself extra time to defrost anything frozen.
    • Cook or bake everything you can well in advance of the Thanksgiving meal, especially breads and pies.
    • Buy or make simple appetizers ahead of time in case the meal takes longer than anticipated to prepare. These don’t have to be complicated, just tasty.
    • Measure the inside of your oven to ensure that your turkey will fit. If you need to feed a big group, remember that there’s no law stating that you have to cook the turkey whole. Buy a large assortment of turkey breasts, drumsticks and so on, or cook a smaller bird and make up for it with more side dishes.

    Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning is one of the worst imaginable outcomes of any group meal. No one wants to cook what they think is a beautiful feast, only to find out that it made their guests sick.
    To protect yourself and your family from food-borne illnesses, follow these precautions:
    • Wash hands and surfaces well, and follow the basic rules of food safety.
    •  If you’re not an expert in the kitchen, don’t feel you have to go all out with complex, fancy dishes or exotic ingredients. Everyone appreciates a simple, familiar meal, and no one will expect you to produce a turducken.
    • Read and follow recipes carefully. If the cooking time or measurements look odd to you, check other similar recipes to make sure you’re not cooking unsafely because of a typo.
    • Food allergies can be as bad as food poisoning, if not worse. Keep track of every ingredient you use so that you can provide correct, and maybe life-saving, information if guests ask.

    Malfunctioning Appliances

    Have you ever had your oven suddenly die on you with your pie half-baked, or your freezer stop freezing just in time to melt the ice cream you were going to serve with that pie?
    Though you can’t always ensure that your appliances will behave, you can take preventative steps to stave off last-minute menu catastrophes.
    • If an appliance has been acting up, get a professional to inspect it. If need be, get it repaired or replaced before the holiday.
    • When planning your menu, don’t neglect the delicious (and healthy!) dishes that don’t need to be cooked. Various salads, fruit plates and dips can satisfy your guests while you work on fixing that broken appliance.
    • Keep alternate menu plans or cooking ideas in the back of your mind, just in case. You might be surprised at how well you can cook in a toaster oven.
    If all else fails, keep calm and try to remember what Thanksgiving is actually all about: spending time with those you love and reflecting on the things in life that mean the most to you. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with eating pizza on the fourth Thursday in November.

    Exploding Deep Fryers

    You might have seen videos of Thanksgiving deep frying gone wrong. It may be amusing when it’s on YouTube, but it’s definitely not funny when it’s your own meal exploding, potentially damaging your property.
    If you choose to cook your turkey in a deep fryer, here’s how to go about it:

    Fires

    A fire is one of the worst catastrophes that can occur when your family and friends are gathered together in your home, and it can happen easily—a stove-top grease fire or a blaze caused by a curtain or decoration coming in contact with fireplace or candle flames, for example.
    Fortunately, house fires can be prevented, as long as you follow safety rules and make sure any fire is immediately and appropriately-tended.
    • Always pay attention to what’s happening in the kitchen. According to the American Red Cross, almost 90 percent of kitchen fires are caused by unattended cooking.
    • Know how to douse a grease fire—don’t make the understandable but dangerous mistake of using water.
    • Have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. They can mean the difference between a minor incident and a tragedy.
    • Keep decorations far away from fireplaces, heaters and candles.

    Shattered Dishes

    Your Thanksgiving has gone smoothly so far, and you’re finally cleaning up and putting everything away, when a guest accidentally drops your great-grandmother’s one-of-a-kind serving dish.
    If this thought horrifies you, here’s how to avoid it and similar incidents:
    • When in doubt, save pieces of great value—financial or sentimental—for display purposes and serve food on platters you wouldn’t be devastated to see in pieces on the floor.
    • If your group is particularly boisterous (or just clumsy) consider using disposable cups and plates. These days, you can find attractive and seasonally appropriate paper plates, as well as plastic cups and even serving dishes at party supply stores.
    • Assign specific cooking-, serving- and washing-related tasks to responsible individuals. It’s nice when everyone wants to help, but giving certain chores to certain people will cut down on chaos in the kitchen.

    Family Fights

    This is one of the most dreaded Thanksgiving scenarios. Two siblings on opposite sides of a political issue or a parent who disagrees with their child’s choice of job or tattoo get into a fight that makes everyone in the room either angry, uncomfortable or miserable.
    Thanksgiving Day fights are such a common occurrence that advice columnists weigh in on the dilemma every year. Here are some ways to prevent these family feuds:
    • Limit the size of your gathering. Dear Amy advises hosts to ban the worst offenders. That might cause others close to them to stay away too, but it’s your home and you and your other guests should feel comfortable in it.
    • Be assertive and set boundaries. Dear Prudence advises two letter-writers to plan what they’ll say or do around pushy family members before they have the chance to push too far.
    • Assign understanding family members to take on certain roles, like distracting squabbling children or leading your uncle into talking about his high school memories instead of his views on politics.
    • Separate relatives who are likely to quarrel during dinner by carefully arranging your seating chart in advance. Pretty place cards on a beautifully-set table can hide the fact that it’s all a secret strategy to keep the peace.
    • If there’s no way to avoid spending the day with certain offensive or depressing people, try to regularly remind yourself that their behavior is not about you and that you don’t have to take the bait.

    Injuries

    No one wants a guest getting hurt in their home, but accidents do happen. In the crowded and festive atmosphere of Thanksgiving, it’s easy for a cook to get burned or cut in the kitchen, or for a child—or even an adult—to trip and fall down the stairs.
    Before you host a holiday meal, take the time to prepare your home to prevent injuries; and have emergency supplies on hand just in case.
    • Child-proof your house if kids will be coming over.
    • Check the condition of the lesser-used features of your home, like your tire swing or back deck, before inviting people—who may not realize they haven’t actually been sat or stepped on since the Carter Administration—to use them.
    • Have basic first-aid supplies on hand, so that no one has to rush out in search of bandages on a night when many stores are closed.
    Although it can be difficult, especially if you encounter problems on the day, it always helps to remember the obvious: Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks. As you get ready for the holiday, take the time to prepare for the worst but don’t forget to appreciate the best aspects of family, friends, food and fall.

    Make sure to have a working fire extinguisher on hand, just in case you may need it.  
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 10/25/2018

    7 Dangerous Halloween Mishaps to Avoid

    I received this article from my insurance company, and wanted to share it with you all.

    As Halloween approaches, your children or grandchildren might be anxious about confronting witches and werewolves while trick-or-treating. But, there are more real and consequential dangers lurking in the shadows. Luckily, you don’t need a silver bullet or a stake to ward them off. Here are some steps that you can take to avoid danger and damage to your home and property this All Hallows’ Eve, as well as a guide to what your insurance will likely cover, should something frightful occur.

    Carving Pumpkins

    Carving pumpkins is one of Halloween’s most beloved traditions, but it’s also one of the most dangerous, even for adults. To avoid serious injury:
    • Don’t let little ones carve their own pumpkin. Instead, have them remove the pulp (both disgusting and fun) and draw their design or pattern on the pumpkin for you to carve for them.
    • Remember that adolescents still need supervision. Just because their hands are bigger, doesn’t mean the knives are any less dangerous.
    • Purchase a pumpkin carving kit so that you have the right equipment. A chef’s knife, a bread knife, even a paring knife are the wrong tools for the job.
    • Even when you’re extra careful, accidents can happen. Make sure you know how to handle basic injuries and the proper way to  clean a wound and apply a bandage.

    Decorations

    Carelessness and open fire account for 13 percent of all Halloween fires. Many of these can be avoided by taking simple precautions.
    • Avoid placing lit candles in carved pumpkins. Halloween costumes and decorations can catch fire easily, so opt for battery-operated candles and tea lights instead.
    • If you insist on using real candles, never leave them unattended. Be sure to test your home’s smoke alarms in advance of your celebrations, and make sure you have fire extinguishers on hand—and that you know how to use them.

    Costumes

    If you’re planning to wear a costume, or dress your youngster in one, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not only awesome but safe, too. If you’re planning to spend time outside:
    • Decorate your costume with reflective tape so that cars and other pedestrians can see you.
    • Incorporate glow sticks into your outfit so that you’re even more noticeable.
    • Wear face paint instead of masks to avoid obscuring your vision.

    Trick-or-Treaters

    If children will be visiting your home, you’ll want to make it safe, inviting and enjoyable for them. For many children, this is a night that they look forward to, so do your part to help make sure it doesn’t end in tears.
    • Move all lawn hazards, such as your garden gnome or hose, closer to the bushes or indoors.
    • Turn on your porch light and use outdoor lighting to illuminate your walkway, especially if it’s cracked in places.
    • Move your porch decorations out of the way. Your collection of festive gourds may look great, but they won’t be so attractive if they’re trampled by a candy-crazed herd of youngsters.
    • Keep pets secured in another room. Frequent use of the doorbell and masked guests can make dogs feel anxious or stressed. Stressed pets might nip, scratch or bite anyone who approaches them.

    Haunted House

    Creating a haunted house is the perfect way to bring Halloween to life for your family and friends. However, having your guests traverse dimly-lit rooms, where unknown beings may jump out or fly in front of them, can easily turn light-hearted fun into a horror story.
    To prevent slips, trips and falls:
    • Make sure all entryways, hallways, stairways and pathways are clear.
    • Use tap lights or electric candles to light the floor so that your guests can see where their feet are headed.
    • Affix decorations securely to the wall.

    Halloween Pranks

    It’s Halloween. You might get a treat, but you might also get a trick. These tricks can range from the more innocuous (TPing your trees) to the more damaging (egging your car) to the downright dangerous (breaking your windows). But, much like burglars, pranksters are less likely to act if they know you’re home. If possible:
    • Stay home and turn on your indoor and outdoor lights.
    • If it’s a nice night, sit on your porch and hand out candy from there. And make sure it’s a good treat to avoid retribution. Nobody wants a cucumber in their bag.
    • Don’t turn off all your lights, even if you’re tempted to do so to ward off trick-or-treaters.
    • Place your car in your garage. If you don’t have one, stay home and keep your driveway well lit.
    I hope we all enjoy Halloween and have many wonderful memories!

  • 05/30/2018

    Does My Fire Extinguisher Expire?

    We should all have a fire extinguisher in our kitchen, and other areas of the house.

    This is information from Safety Seal Net that helped me when I was looking on information on fire extinguishers.  I thought it was worth sharing:

    When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher:

    Even if there's no expiration date, it won't last forever.

    Manufacturers say most extinguishers should work for 5 - 15 years, but you might not know if you got yours three years ago or 13.  So how can you be sure it will fire away?  Atlanta fir chief Dennis L  Rubin recommends checking the pressure gauge monthly.  " If the needle is in the green area, it's functional, If it falls anywhere else, the extinguisher is unreliable and should be serviced or replaced."  For an older model without a gauge, have it checked by a professional annually.

    Replace or service an extinguisher right away if it's been used or if you notice any of the following:

    1)  The hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped, or blocked with debris.
    2)  The licking pin on the handle is missing or unsealed.
    3)  The handle is wobbly or broken.
    4)  The inspection sticker or hang tag, with a record of checkups and maintenance, is missing.

     Hope this information will help you as much as it did me.

  • 04/14/2018

    New Recycling Guidelines

    There are new recycling guidelines we should begin following:

    Please visit this website for all of the changes.  I know I will need to think twice before just recycling by my old habits :)

    mcrecycles.net

    Hope this will help you as much as it has helped me!

    Enjoy the weather :)




  • 12/13/2017

    Winter Fire Risks

    Winter Fire Risks:

    My insurance Company sent me this information, and I thought it would be great to share.  I hope we all have a safe and happy Christmas Season!

    The winter holidays are beloved for the warmth and light they bring to a cold, dark season. But this wondrous time of year isn’t free from danger. According to the American Red Cross, almost 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, taking over 500 lives, injuring thousands of people, and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.
    Fortunately, many holiday fire risks can be minimized with a little care and planning. Here’s how to avoid some common causes of holiday fires.
    SEE ALSO: Fire Safety Tips (https://www.thehartford.com/resources/mature-marketexcellence/fire-safety-tips)

    9 Ways to Minimize Holiday Fire Risks

    1. Be safe with Christmas trees  Place trees (and fir wreaths and garlands) three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces and radiators, and never use lit candles to decorate a tree. (Use battery-operated ones to achieve that effect.) Check that artificial trees, as well as decorations, are made of flame resistant or flame-retardant materials.
    If decorating a live tree, choose one that is freshly cut, with intact needles, and water it daily to prevent it from becoming dry. Once it does begin to dry out and drop needles, it’s time to discard your tree. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, the explosiveness of dry trees makes them very dangerous if they do occur.
    Use a tree stand that can’t tip over and be sure to unplug tree lights overnight and whenever you leave the house.

    2. Give candles their distance The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports that 56% of candle fires happen because something flammable is left too close to a burning candle. Always keep candles at least a foot away from anything else that could catch fire like ornaments or curtains. (Give other sources of heat, like portable heaters, even more space.)
    If placing candles in windows, choose battery-powered lights. Don’t leave candles burning when you’re asleep or away from home; in fact, you should extinguish flames whenever you leave the room. Whenever you burn candles, place them in sturdy holders that can’t tip over, and situate them where they are unlikely to be accidentally knocked over.
    Place menorahs, kinaras, and decorative candles on a non-flammable surface like a granite countertop; if you must use a wood surface, lay aluminum foil or another flame-resistant material down first.

    3. Inspect your fairy lights If buying new light strings, check the label for proof that the product has been tested at a reputable independent laboratory. You might also want to consider LED lights; they’re safer than their incandescent counterparts.
    Also check labels before stringing lights indoors or outdoors to make sure you’ve selected the right type. With any string of lights, be sure that the cord is not frayed or damaged, and that all bulbs are working and tightly connected.
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    Don’t string together more than three strands of lights or 50 bulbs, and connect your lights to a surge protector before plugging into the wall. Turn off and unplug lights when you’re asleep or away from home. When stringing lights outdoors, don’t nail or staple them, as this can damage the wires. Always make sure to follow the instructions from the manufacturer.

    4. Beware of kitchen and cooking fires Always keep a close eye on what you’re cooking, and be vigilant about removing potentially flammable items like oven mitts, wooden utensils, or food packaging from your stove-top. Never leave the house while the oven is on. When deep-frying latkes or any other holiday treat, always protect your skin from hot oil, and remember that grease fires should be extinguished with baking soda, not water. Also consider that outdoor cooking carries its own risks, especially if you’re using a large deep fryer for your Christmas turkey. Make sure to use your deep-fryer a safe distance from the house, and don’t over-fill it with oil.

    5. Keep an eye on boxes and gift wrap Leaving boxes, wrapping paper, tissue paper, and embellishments lying around means that there’s even more flammable material in your home that could come in contact with a candle or heater. So, clean up the aftermath of present exchanges in a timely manner. And don’t attempt to dispose of gift wrap or trim by sticking it in the fireplace – it can be made from materials that release dangerous fumes when burned.

    6. Tend to lit fireplaces If you don’t use your chimney often, have it inspected ahead of time to ensure it’s in safe working order. Burn only dry and seasoned wood, and use a screen to keep sparks from escaping into the room. Never leave a burning fire unattended, and don’t hang Christmas stockings or garlands on a fireplace that will be used to burn fires. Keep anything flammable, from gifts to slippers to throw rugs far (that is, at least three feet) away from the fireplace.

    7. Don’t underestimate the heat of smoldering embers Long after a fire has burned out, its ashes can remain dangerously hot. Leave embers in the fireplace (damper open) until they’re cool to the touch, then place them in a metal container and leave it outdoors, away from your house, for at least 24 hours. Dump embers on a non-flammable surface like gravel, rather than on leaves or in the woods, just in case they’re still holding on to any heat.

    8. Use electronics responsibly During this busy season, you’re more likely to use appliances and electronics while distracted by other activities going on around the house. You can reduce the risk of a home fire (home/reduce-home-fire-risk) during the holidays by following the same rules that you normally would at other times of the year. Also, be aware of heaters and don’t leave them unattended. And do not string multiple extension cords together, run cords under carpets, or overload your electrical outlets with more than they can handle.

    9. Don’t neglect matches and lighters These simplest of fire-starting tools might seem insignificant compared to large candles or wood-burning stoves, but they can be deadly, especially when handled by curious children. The USFA warns that the number of deaths that results when children play with fire doubles in the month of December. Make sure to keep matches and lighters safely out of reach.
    In addition to the steps above, you can reduce the chance of a holiday fire by making sure you’ve installed smoke alarms that are in working order throughout your home. Pay especially close attention to children and pets when they’re in the kitchen or around electronics, holiday decorations, and open flames. 

  • 08/04/2017

    Plan ahead for Disasters and Emergencies

    Disasters and emergencies take many forms, from severe weather to acts of terrorism.  responding is easier if you prepare.

    I found this pamphlet the other day and found it very informative.  If you are interested, please visit the American Red Cross at www.ready.gov

    Here are a few of the highlighted areas:

    1)  Make a plan, just in case.  Make sure each family member knows what to do in an emergency.  Review the family emergency plan every 6 months to see if changes need to be made.

    2)  Decide where to meet after a disaster or emergency.  Choose a location outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency like a fire.

    3)  Prepare your home.  Make a list of important numbers and keep the list by the phone, or put it into your smart phone.  Plan escape routes to get out of the home.  Stock up on emergency supplies.  Make sure every family member knows where the emergency supplies are stored.

    4)  Have a disaster kit ready.  Keep three days worth of water , food, medications, and any other essential supplies.  Replenish and refresh emergency supplies every 6 months.

    5)  Connect with neighbors and community.  Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.

    6)  Take action if disaster strikes.  Follow the advice of local emergency officials.

    Remember to stay calm.  Being prepared can help you get through emergencies and disasters.

    I am not trying to scare anyone, but I realized how unprepared I am in case of emergency, so I am going to implement these steps in my home.




  • 04/30/2017

    I Manage My Properties, But What If...

    I manage my own properties, I don't need to hire a Property Manager.  If this has been working for you then you are beating the odds.

    Do you know legally how to handle the many situations that may occur?  The laws vary by County and City in Oregon.

    What if:


         A Tenant dies in your property.

         A Tenant dies or abandons a property and leaves a pet behind.

         Domestic violence by a Tenant to a member of the residence.

         A Tenant leaves a vehicle behind when they move.

         Collecting money from a former Tenant for damages and/or back rent.

         Eviction of a Tenant for various reasons.


    These are only a few of the many scenarios Property Managers handle frequently.

    You say, "Well that will never happen to me", but it could happen. If you are not handling situations legally with the proper forms and protocol, you could be opening yourself up to a lawsuit.

    So now, if you are considering hiring a Property Manager, why not hire one of the best in the area?  AshBea Property Management LLC.














  • 12/15/2016

    Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance

    This is the time of year we think about the fireplace and chimney.  At AshBea Property Management LLC we prepare for the Winter by having the wood burning fireplaces inspected annually in the late Summer or early Fall to make sure everything is up to code and safe to use.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was the failure to clean chimneys.

    How often should a chimney be inspected?
    Every year. New wood-burning installations such as fireplaces or wood-burning stoves should be checked midway through the first heating season to confirm everything is working properly.
    How often should a chimney be cleaned?
    Cleaning should be done as necessary — normally when there’s a minimum 1/8-inch of deposit in the chimney. An annual inspection will determine if any sweeping or repairs are needed.
    In some cases, it’s necessary to sweep more than once a year, especially if the operator, the fuel or the venting system are not properly matched.
    Why get a chimney inspected and cleaned in the first place?
    1. The combustion process deposits an acidic material that weakens masonry or metal chimneys, causing them to deteriorate prematurely.
    2. Significant buildup of creosote, a flammable material resulting from incomplete combustion, may catch fire and spread to the attic and other areas of the home.
    3. If a chimney is used infrequently, critters and birds can collect and nest there, blocking the chimney. Leaves, twigs, pine cones and branches can obstruct the chimney, too.
    4. High winds or driving rain can also damage chimneys. CSIA recommends that, as a general rule, a chimney should have a rain cap to keep out animals and water as these are the primary reasons chimneys fail.
    What should a professional chimney cleaning include?

    1. Sweeping the fireplace, checking the firebox, liners, smoke chamber and flue, chimney exterior and inspecting the appliance for proper clearances.
    2. Recommendations for proper operation or replacement of equipment and necessary repairs to equipment or structure.
    3. A video inspection. It may mean an additional cost, but it could detect hidden damage.

    So Enjoy the Winter!



  • 12/08/2016

    The Ambiance of Candlelight


    It is so relaxing to spend a evening by candlelight.  There can be some annoying side effects, though.  The type of candle you use can make the difference.

    Paraffin candles are petroleum based products.  They are full of toxic chemicals and additives, and are unhealthy to breathe.  They can leave black soot on the walls and ceiling.  They are also bad for your lungs.

    There is a great alternative, it is a Soy candle.  Soy candles are:

    •      Biodegradable
    •      Non-toxic
    •      Burn 30 - 50 % longer
    •      Are healthy to breathe
    •      They do not leave soot on walls, ceilings, or your lungs
    Soy beans candles are beautifully crafted and come in a variety of aromas.

    Enjoy many relaxing evenings.




  • 06/13/2016

    16 Foods You Do Not Want To Put Down The Garbage Disposal

    The Garbage Disposal is a hard working appliance in the Kitchen.  We often take if for granted it will grind up everything.  The disposal has limitations.  Do not put the following items down the garbage disposal:


    1. Artichokes
    2. Asparagus
    3. Avocado pits
    4. Bones
    5. Carrots
    6. Celery
    7. Coffee grounds
    8. Corn husks
    9. Egg shells
    10. Grease
    11. Lettuce
    12. Onion skins
    13. Pasta
    14. Peach pits
    15. Potato peels
    16. Raw meat with bones


    Maybe the best solution is to treat your garbage disposal correctly so it won't break down.

  • 06/05/2016

    Surviving the Summer Heat

    Even though we are not officially in the Summer Season, yet, it feels like Summer.

    Here are some tips to help survive the Summer heat:


    • Use your air conditioner, if you have one.



    • If you do not have an air conditioner, there are a few tricks to cool down the home.  Open your windows at night to let the cooler air into the home.  When the day begins to heat up, close the windows and close the blinds to keep the sun from shining in and heating up the home.  If you have ceiling fans or any portable fans, turn them on.



    • If you have a pet, remember to keep them cool, and indoors.



    • If you have a yard, remember to water the flower beds around the house.  It is important to keep the plants around the house watered and green.  Green plants around the house can be a barrier to a fire.  A soaker hose is very efficient for flower beds.  Soaker hoses use less water and all the water is directed to the roots of the plant.  



    • If you water your lawn, water early in the morning to prevent evaporation.  If you have a sprinkler system, set the timer to early morning hours.


    I hope these tips help to make your Summer Season enjoyable.


  • 01/12/2016

    Preventive Maintenance - Facts & Statistics


    Preventive maintenance on a property could save the Owner money in the long run.

    There are 7 principles of a healthy home:

    Dry                    Ventilated                    Maintained 
           
    Clean                  Pest free                      Contaminant free

    Safe

    The result of regular maintenance is to slow the rate of depreciation.

    Proactive maintenance can increase the value of the property by 1% annually.  Without proactive maintenance the property could lose 10% of it's value.

    According to the U.S. Census, Director's Credit Union, and Lending Tree, overtime the annual maintenance costs average more than $3,300 annually.  The Owner of the property should expect to pay 1% - 3% the initial house price of the property annually to maintaining the property.

    Active communication between the Tenant, Property Manager and Owner is paramount in this process.  Playing Offense, not defense by being proactive in maintaining the property is the key to preventing small problems from becoming large issues.


  • 03/03/2015

    Unwanted pests in our homes



    We have had a beautiful, mild Winter Season.  With a mild Winter we will be seeing an increase in sugar ants and spiders.  There are many ways to get rid of these unwanted guests, but I have just listed a few:

      A)  You can use a spray bottle filled with vinegar and spray the bugs on the ant trail, or the spider     nests.

      B)  You can use a spray bottle filled with bleach and spray the bugs on the ant trail, or the spider nests.

      C)  There are several Raid products on the market for ant and spider removal.

      D)  There is a product on the market called Home Defense (I think it is made by Ortho).  Home Defense comes in a pump bottle with a wand.  You spray it on the ant trail inside and outside of your your home, and on the spider nests.  It works up to two months.

    There are many other products on the market to take care of these unwanted guest, so read the instructions on the container carefully.  If you have children and/or pets, be especially careful how you use the product you have chosen.

    Hope this has helped you with options for keeping your home as pest-free as possible.






  • 02/10/2015

    Time to address mold


    It is the Season for mold in our homes.  Mold is a fact of life in the Pacific Northwest.  Here are a few ways you can minimize the mold problem in your home this Winter Season.

    There are ways to minimize the likelihood of mold growth in our homes:

    1)  Use the bathroom fan, leave it running for thirty minutes after bathing or showering.

    2)  If your bathroom doesn't have a fan, open the window and leave it open for thirty minutes after     bathing or showering.

    3)  Use the kitchen fan whenever cooking.  If there isn't one, open a window slightly.

    4)  Use the fan in the laundry area.

    5)  If moisture condenses on windows or walls, turn up the thermostat on your heat source.

    6)  Open doors between rooms and to closets to increase air circulation.

    7)  Cover fish tanks.

    8)  Don't keep too many house plants, and don't over water the ones you keep.

    9)  Keep the temperature above 55 degrees.

    10)  Open several windows for at least an hour twice a week to change the air in your home.

    11) Dry any water that spills on carpets and rugs.

    12)  If you have an air conditioner, be sure it isn't leaking.

    13)  Use a dehumidifier if necessary.

    Hope these helpful hints help you through this Winter and Spring Season:)








  • 07/07/2014

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