10 ways to stay safe during this latest round of cold temperatures

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COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

Here are ten ways to stay safe during this latest round of cold temperatures:

Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

  1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  2. Know the signs of hypothermia – confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
  3. Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
  4. Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  5. Avoid frozen pipes – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to…

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WATCH: How to stay warm and safe this winter

Originally posted on Global News:

KELOWNA — With the cold weather now upon us, chances are you’ve turned your thermostat up to keep your house warm. While furnaces and chimneys make the winter more bearable, according to National Fire Protection Association, they are also a leading cause of residential fires.

Fire safety educator Rick Euper says they haven’t responded to any chimney fires yet this year, but there has been a few furnace fires in just a couple of weeks.

“You should have your furnace checked annually by a certified inspector and make sure that things are kept away from it,” says Euper.

A furnace fire can spark in many ways, but Euper says the most common is a lack of maintenance.

Owner of Premium Comfort – a local pumbing, heating, and air conditioning company – Sean Van Steinburg says it’s best for people to have their furnace serviced before they want to start it…

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Winterize Your Home

Originally posted on Denver Never Stops Moving........................Sondra Smith Real Estate Agent Keller Williams:

Summer is fading into a memory now. The longs days of swimming, hiking and riding bikes will be replaced by skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. But before you head out to enjoy the snow, take some time and get your home ready for the cold weather ahead.

Here are some tips from my favorite home repair and DIY guru, Bob Vila

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Windows and Doors

  • Check all the weather-stripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weather-stripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

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5 things coming to the smart home in 2015

Originally posted on Bits & Pieces from the Embedded Design World:

With adoption and ownership of smart in-home devices on the rise, the future of an entirely connected house is not too far off. With major backing from corporations like Apple and Google to the rise of [Atmel based] startups on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it is clearer than ever that the market is ready to grow at a rapid pace. From home automation to smart metering, a new generation of intelligent products are set to increasingly power and connect our daily lives.

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Writing for Gigaom, Stacey Higginbotham highlights five key trends that she expects will continue to evolve over the next couple of months and finally come to fruition in 2015. Here’s what she had to say…

1. Bluetooth-controlled lights

“At long last, products are coming on the market that will let you use Bluetooth to control light bulbs, outlets and more. These products are using mesh networking to make installing a connected light switch as easy as sticking…

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10 Key Checklist Items for Fall Maintenance for Your Home

Originally posted on MyTownCryer:

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Fall Maintenance Checklist

1. Stow the mower.

If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, you should be. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading.

Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.

Another lawn mower care method is to run your mower dry before stowing it.

1. When the mower is cool, remove the spark plug and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole.

2. Pull the starter cord a couple of times to distribute the oil, which keeps pistons lubricated…

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Surprising Home Fire Hazards

Originally posted on Marilyn Wilson Realtor:

On average, more than 300,000 house fires occur each year in the U.S. — and most of them are preventable.  Make sure to check your smoke alarms and familiarize yourself with the fire hazards around your home — especially these surprising ones:

  • Dust bunnies: If dust collects near electrical sockets and floor heaters, just one spark can cause a fire. Sweep or download (1)vacuum your floors regularly to prevent buildup. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as behind doors or around entertainment systems.
  • Clothes dryers: Cleaning the lint trap should be part of your regular laundry routine. Left dryer_vent_cleaninguntouched, lint can build up in your dryer duct with every load of laundry. Have a professional inspect and clean your dryer at least once a year to help eliminate a fire hazard.
  • pink-glass-vase-of-pink-tulips-in-window-jessica-holden-photographyGlassware: When sunlight passes through some kinds of glassware, the concentrated ray can ignite flammable materials such as stacks of…

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Residential Water Heaters – Making The Right Choices

Originally posted on Charlotte Plumbing:

Are you installing new water heaters or replacing the faulty water heaters in your home? Today there are multiple options for the homeowners when it comes to residential water heaters. Before you select your water heaters, you need to know your options, their advantages and disadvantages. Three main factors have to be taken into account when it comes to the selection of the right type of water heater for your home.

  1. Initial cost of the water heater
  2. Recurring costs / Energy or electricity bills
  3. Maintenance

You will have to assess each type of water heater carefully and select the most cost effective water heater. When you are making your decision, it is important that you do not decide just based on the initial cost. Two most common and popular types of water heaters include tankless water heater and hybrid heat pump water heaters.

What are the factors that one…

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