Goblins and ghosts and ghouls, oh my!
When it’s pumpkin time and little people dress up to go about their business of frightening the neighbors, it’s time to think about safety. And when it comes to Halloween safety this year, you’ll want a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Think technology.
The good news is, there are several apps designed exactly for this purpose: to keep your kids safe while they go about their goodie gathering. A tracker app is a good idea, especially if your little goblin isn’t good about texting back promptly. Jiobit works well and Famisafe makes following your child’s progress easy. Life 360 is another excellent kid tracker.
You can also use technology to plan their route before they set out. It’s a good idea to sign up with a neighborhood social networking platform like Nextdoor to plan a safe route and discover a “treat map” showing which neighbors are participating.
Of course, you want your kids to see and be seen, so avoid masks and headgear that interfere with visibility.
Choose brightly colored costumes with reflective tape on them, and avoid tripping hazards like trailing capes and high heeled shoes. Check Pinterest for safe and easy costume suggestions.
And, though you hope you’ll never need them, it’s smart to be prepared for emergencies with Red Cross Safety Apps.
Now, dress them for the weather and review street-crossing rules with your little monsters. And make this Halloween a real treat!
Many homeowners focus on fall clean-up and winterizing this time of year, but don’t forget an often-overlooked task: dryer vent cleaning. This seems like a simple to-do, and it is. Yet it’s commonly forgotten, which can lead to serious issues such as fire and carbon monoxide poisoning when the duct work cannot vent properly.
To prevent these hazardous situations, make it a habit to clean your dryer vent regularly. Clean the small lint trap after each load, and clean the entire vent system once a year. Depending on your laundry habits, you may need to clean the vent more often. If your clothes require more than one cycle to dry, your clothing has an odd, burning smell, or your laundry room feels unusually warm while the dryer is running, these are warning signs that you need to clean your vent.
When it’s time for this cleaning, use the following simple procedure to get the job done quickly and effectively.
1. Disconnect: Complete this process carefully. Start by unplugging your dryer from the power source. Then, remove any clamps from the vent pipe so you can detach it from the dryer. Next, pull the pipe away from the wall duct. If you have a gas dryer, take extra care during this process. You may need to contact a professional to avoid the risk of disturbing the gas line.
2. Clean: Use a vent cleaning kit to thoroughly clean your duct and vent. This kit will include a brush that extends the entire length of the duct to remove all debris. It might be easiest to work from the exterior of your home.
3. Reassemble: Reattach everything and enjoy.
This one simple task can truly save your home. Dryer vents are a common cause of household fires. It is one check box you’ll surely want to cross off your to-do list!