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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 Did your home pass the test? Call ANDY ONCALL® for all your maintenance, repair, and remodeling needs. 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...
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