Posts Tagged ‘home’

Injury Proof Your Home

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Follow these tips for an injury free home.

- Outlets in most houses can safely provide only 1,500 to 2,000 watts of power. A microwave draws up to 1,100 watts. If you have a microwave plugged into an outlet, it should be on its own.

- Clear your hallways by picking up toys that pets or children leave lying around. This will prevent trips in the night.

- Keep a fire extinguisher within reach of the oven in the kitchen and an additional extinguisher on all other floors.

- Swap real candles for flameless ones. The flameless candles have a flickering glow without the worry of house fires.

- Put a no slip mat on the tub floor and have something sturdy to grab for when you get in and out.

- Maintain three points of contact on a ladder at all times: both feet and one hand. Never wear sandals or flip flops when climbing a ladder. That’s an accident waiting to happen.

- Put a CO detector in the basement in addition to every floor of your home. Odorless CO leaks from fuel-burning appliances can cause serious problems.

Always clean the lint trap after every use of the dryer and keep loads small.

What are the benefits of a finished basement?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Many see the direct benefit of renovating a kitchen or bathroom but often overlook the basement. When a basement is finished, it adds usable space and can even increase a home’s dollar value by being counted into its official square footage. Whether it be a playroom, a family room, a bedroom, an office, or just a finished laundry and storage area, that added space can make a difference to your everyday life. Furthermore, having a finished basement eliminates the problem of a damp and moldy area. If you’ve had a water problem in the past, make sure the trouble area has been repaired and then finish the basement to prevent further mold, mildew, and water issues.

For more information on remodeling ideas, contact Liberty Homes.