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Nov 19 2019

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Keep Safe and Warm This Winter – The House Plan Shop

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It is important to stay safe and warm during the cold months. With winter fast approaching, consider these tips:

Have the furnace inspected and serviced in case of the need for a furnace repair. If you are using natural gas and ever smell a rotten egg smell, leave your home immediately and do not turn anything on or off. Call your provider from another location.

Don’t use pipes in your basement for hanging clothes or storing stuff between the floor joists.

Chimneys should be inspected for creosote buildup and cleaned before using fireplaces. Don’t forget to close the damper when not in use to prevent warm air from escaping up the flue. When house shopping, it’s also important to remember that lead paint is still present in millions of homes around the US.

And if your home feels not as warm as it could be then we also strongly recommend that you get it as well insulated as you possibly could and there are many local and professional insulators that can help out with that.

If you plan to dig in your yard, always call utility companies before digging even if you think you know where the pipes or lines are located. Most communities have a toll-free number for this and they will mark everything, gas, water, electric. 

Seal leaks around windows and doors and consider installing insulated shades or curtains to help keep your rooms warm and toasty, also hire the crew from the professional window cleaning with All Suburbs Window Cleaning for a better result.

If you haven’t already, purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms for each floor.

For every degree you lower your thermostat over an eight-hour period, you can save 1 % on your heating bill. This can be utilized by lowering temperatures during the day when no one is home or at night. We will like to recommend you the services from plumbing companies kearny nj, they attend quickly to your location and fix it for a reasonable price. 

Raising the humidity level in your home makes lower temps more comfortable so consider using humidifiers in the rooms you use most.

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Aug 16 2018

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Residential Safe Rooms – The House Plan Shop

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Floor Plan 074H-0042Protecting yourself and your family is indeed a daunting responsibility. Having safe room in your home is one way to help you sleep better at night. A safe room is a room constructed to withstand extreme weather events such as tornadoes or hurricanes. They can be purchased pre-fab from a slew of manufacturers so that you can retrofit your home to accommodate them.

The best-case scenario is to include a safe room in your new house construction. The HousePlanShop has quite a few plans that include safe rooms. Many locate them in or near the garage, like designs 025H-0097 and 025H-0308. House plan 074H-0042 offers a safe room doubling as a storage room, perfect for storing emergency supplies should you experience a disaster. Several plans like 025H-0167 locate a safe room in the master closet, providing a dual purpose for using the space. It’s a natural place to collect and huddle with the children on a stormy night.

A panic room is designed to hide and protect residents in case of a home break-in. They are a little bit more elaborate than basic safe rooms, containing communications and security equipment. Some even incorporate Kevlar in their construction to repel bullets. Hidden behind bookcases or in closets, the casual observer does not easily detect them. You may want to combine some of the characteristics of both safe and panic rooms to create a truly safe place to shelter in place during emergencies. Make sure family members are aware of how to access the room and discuss when they should meet there. Practice your plan.

Below is a list of supplies you may want to include in your safe room:

Bottled water
Changes of clothing
Blankets
Flashlights or lanterns
Battery operated radio / weather radio
First aid kit
Nonperishable food and snacks
Set of car keys to your vehicle
Cash
Toys or books to keep kids occupied
Phone charger for when the power comes back on
Camping toilet and paper
Diapers for your baby
Medications
Extra pair of sturdy shoes for each member of the family

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Dec 18 2015

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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips – The House Plan Shop

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Snow ShovelingWhile the physically fit may consider shoveling snow as just another workout, it can be problematic for others. Many people associate back problems and sore muscles with shoveling the driveway and sidewalk, but there are other risks as well. For example, heart attack rates are elevated during the winter months and these heart attacks are often the result of shoveling snow. When it snows this winter, follow these safety tips to maintain your health and avoid injury.

  • Avoid shoveling right after waking up in the morning. Slipped disc injuries are more likely to occur in the morning due to the build-up of fluid disc from lying down all night.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated while you work and continue drinking water after you’re done shoveling snow for the day.
  • Spend 5-10 minutes stretching before you head outdoors to shovel snow. This will help prevent sore muscles later.
  • Wear gloves, hat, etc. to cover your extremities. Also, wear layers of clothing and shed the layers when necessary to prevent overheating.
  • Wear sturdy boots with a rubber sole to prevent slipping and falling.
  • Take frequent breaks while you work. If you become fatigued, put down the shovel and go inside to rest.
  •  When possible, avoid lifting a snow-filled shovel. Instead, it is safer to push the snow off your driveway and sidewalks. If you must lift the snow, be sure to face the direction you are lifting and twist as little as possible, we recommend to read the best two stage snow blowers and get a snow blower instead, it is much more efficient.
  • Spray or rub your shovel with lubricant such as cooking spray or WD40 to help prevent snow from sticking to the shovel. The lighter the load, the better for your body.
  • Check with your doctor if you believe shoveling snow might present a health hazard, especially if you have a heart condition.

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Apr 14 2015

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Safety Tips for your Yard

Fenced PoolWith warmer weather on the way, many of us will be spending more time in our yards, buts sometimes we get so busy that it is hard to keep up on everything around the house especially around the yard. Don’t let an unexpected danger ruin your backyard fun this spring or summer. Take just a moment to review these tips for keeping your yard safe for everyone.

  1. Keep the grill 10 feet away from the house and other objects.
  2. Never leave an unattended fire in the fire pit or grill.
  3. Install a fence around pools and hot tubs, try using wood fencing in morristown nj services.
  4. Make sure no one swims alone in pool.
  5. Wear protective goggles and ear protection when using outdoor machinery.
  6. Let the mower engine cool before refueling.
  7. Keep children inside when grass is being mowed.
  8. Put ladders away after use.
  9. Keep chemicals and garden tools away from children’s reach.
  10. Tighten and cover bolts on play equipment.
  11. Anchor trampolines and play sets.
  12. Seal wooden decks and porches.

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Oct 06 2014

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Pedestrian Safety: International Walk and Bike to School Day

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CrosswalkOctober 8, 2014 is International Walk and Bike to School Day. If your children will be walking or biking to school on Wednesday, take some time to go over our pedestrian safety tips with them.

 

  1. Always wear a bike helmet when riding a bike.
  2. Use crosswalks with crossing the street or cross at street corners.
  3. Be aware of the cars around you. Stay alert for those that are turning, backing up or pulling in and out of driveways.
  4. Be sure to use sidewalks when available. If there is not sidewalk, travel on the shoulder of the road and face the oncoming traffic.
  5. Avoid using electronic devises when crossing the road.
  6. If you must use a cell phone while walking or biking, stop and find a safe place to use it.
  7. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing so that you know that they see you.
  8. Pay attention for cars backing out of driveways or out of parking spaces as well as those that are turning.
  9. Do not enter the street from behind parked cars. The parked car will block you from the view of oncoming drivers.
  10. Be alert for cars moving in or out of driveways.
  11. Wear light or reflective clothing especially if you must be out walking/biking after dark.
  12. Stick with your normal walking/biking route or use only parent approved alternatives.

 

For children aged 5 to 19, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death with teens accounting for half of those deaths. Take time to walk around the neighborhood with your kids and set a good example. Only walk or bike routes that you’ve approved for them to travel when you are not present. Make sure they know the safest routes. Provide them with reflective clothing or reflective stickers for backpacks and book bags. Remind them to speak up and warn others if they notice another pedestrian in danger.

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