Archive for the ‘Home safety’ Category

Backyard Pool Safety Tips

no-divingBackyard Pool Safety Tips
Pool safety is important in every backyard, especially during pool construction and pool renovation projects. Children must always be watched and they should be aware of the pool rules before getting in. Taking the necessary safety precautions makes pool time more fun for all family members.

Use a Tall Pool Fence
A pool fence should be in place for all backyard pools where children are present. The fence should be at least 6-feet in height and all of the bars should be vertical in position. This prevents children from climbing the fence and gaining access when parents are not present. Continue reading

Common Electrical Questions

Air Conditioning Thermostat

Home Electric

You may have wondered about your electricity. It is a very complicated issue. In fact, when there is an electrical need or problem, most people call a licensed electrician in Doraville to take care of it without asking many questions. Here are a few of these questions and the answers that might help you in whatever electrical problem you are having without having to hire a licensed electrician.
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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Cigarette Smoke

Woman Smoking in the Home

Indoor air quality is equally important as the quality of food and drink we consume.   Breathing clean air should be taken as serious as the attention we devote to exercising. Most environmental pollutants enter our body by the air we breathe indoors.  These particles come from activities and products we use every day. We really need to pay attention to our inside  air quality being that a significant amount of time is spent sleeping, working in offices,  or just relaxing in front of the TV.  The list can’t be limited to what was just mentioned.  Many individuals spend hours in front of the TV playing video games.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home. Continue reading

The Dangers of Mold

Mold Exposure

Black mold

It can happen in any home no matter what the social class, mold, mildew and fungi are all present inside and outside the home. There are plenty of hidden spaces that mold can grow before we even know it’s there. It can inhabit any dark, moist place in or around the home including in our carpet, books or furniture. Mold can also be airborne. The trouble is that whether the mold can be seen or not, it can be very harmful to your health.

Hidden Danger

Living in a NJ home that contains mold, fungus or mildew can mean that the body is experiencing many challenges and it can eventually lead to many unpleasant symptoms. According to the CDC, Stachybotrys which is known as black mold is toxic and can cause pulmonary hemosiderosis. Mold often times grows where it cannot be seen such as between or behind walls and molds can make you sick even if they are “dead.” Every part of the US has different types of mold that grows in the region. Areas which are very humid and have plentiful rain and moisture are more susceptible to the growth of mold, mildew and fungi. Continue reading

Green Pest Control Tips

Bed Bug prevention

Bed Bug

Pests can be the unwanted guest in almost any home and no home is totally immune from them. Ants, mice, silverfish and many other pests can be difficult to get rid of. Many people have used pesticides in an attempt to get rid of these tiny critters. Some of these may be effective at removing the pests but they are also very harmful for the environment and can be damaging for people and pets because of the harsh chemicals that they contain.  There are several green alternatives which can help remove unwanted pests. These are much safer for the environment and the other inhabitants of the house. Here are some tips on how to control pest using methods that are safe for people, pets and the environment. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

Deadbolt lock

Deadbolt lock via Flickr: karindalziel

The safety of your family and your valuables mainly depend upon the security of your home. If your home is secure, your family can live peacefully. But if it lacks even the most basic safety measures like locks and gates, your home can catch the attention of burglars and thieves. As a homeowner and/or parent, it is your responsibility to keep intruders out of your humble abode. But how does one keep intruders out of their home? Here are the best security measures you can employ.

Before citing any home safety and security measures, let’s first discuss why you need it. According to surveys, a burglar breaks into a household in the U.S. every 15 seconds and robs an average $1,700 worth of cash or items. But the troubles do not end here. After getting robbed, most victims enter the state of trauma and lose peace of mind for a considerable period of time. This ultimately leads to the degradation of quality of life. While these facts are utterly scary and troubling, it should serve as a motivator for homeowners to increase their efforts and participation in home security. Continue reading

Types of Residential Locks

Entry lockset

Entry lockset

There are several different types of residential locks for homeowners to choose from, and each one has its own advantages. Several factors may need to be considered to determine which particular lock is best for any specific entryway. For instance, an exterior entryway will typically use an entirely different type of lock than an interior doorway. Although there are many different kinds of residential locks, there are four main types of locks that are most commonly used: padlocks, deadbolts, knob locks or levers. Since each situation is unique, if there is any question about which is best, talking to a locksmith can help you choose the right lock for the circumstances. Continue reading

How to Choose a Neighborhood

Beautiful Home

Beautiful Home

When an appraiser makes his property value assessment of a home, one of the things that is considered is the neighborhood in which it is located. This can be an influencing factor on the home’s value and it is also something that the homeowner should give a lot of consideration to before they purchase a house. In general, there are several common considerations such as the quality of the schools, crime rate, property values and traffic issues. There are several other items that you will want to consider along with the standard factors. Continue reading

Should I Replace the Locks when I Move into a New Home?



When you move into a new residence of any sort it is pretty certain that there are plenty of other people who have made copies of the keys used on the locks. Think about the last place you lived, how many people did you give keys to so that they could easily access your home? There are several reasons why you may want to call the locksmith to have the locks changed out on your new home.

Why Change the Locks?

No matter where your new residence is, it is imperative that the locks be changed out once you move in. Some types of locks may require a locksmith to exchange the locks; while others can be done yourself. You will need to stay with the same kind of lock, or just have it rekeyed if it is possible. Deadbolt locks are tubular and when they are replaced you will want to use the same type of tubular lock. It is not the best idea to try to drill new lock holes as it can be unattractive; or it can compromise the door’s integrity. Sometimes several of the exterior doors have been keyed so that they all require the same key. In this case it is best to have a locksmith rekey them.  The older locks should be changed as it is uncertain if they have been picked, jimmied or previously broken in to. Since you are not certain about the lock’s integrity, it is best to maximize your safety and install totally new locks. Continue reading

Pool Safety Tips

Pool safety measures are very important. Listed here are some very important items that you should have to make your pool a safer environment for children and pets.

• Pool safety fence – Safety fences are ideal to keep children and pets out of the pool and to keep them safe. Removable mesh pool fences are ideal because they are transparent allowing your yard to look nice and they are climb resistant.
• Pool gate locks and alarms– These are great for an added measure in keeping small children out of the pool, or getting alerted if the young ones make it through the gate.
• Pool nets- This is a great product in adding safety to your pool. The holes of the pool’s net are too small to allow someone even as small as a baby to get into the pool, but the holes are also large enough to prevent your baby from having a stable play area above your pool. Once your baby figures out that playtime on the net is difficult they should turn the other way.
• Ring Buoy – Buoys are great to have near any poolside, if someone does have complications in the pool the buoy will aide them and help them stay afloat.
• Safety covers – this option can be less cost effective but does have many other benefits. Not only will your children be safe by the pool when the pool cover is on but you are saving money because the water below the cover doesn’t evaporate as quickly saving you water cost. The pool will also stay cleaner from debris and this reduces cost in pool cleaning supplies and pool cleaning services.

There are so many things that you can do to prevent a dangerous situation poolside. Keep your children, pets, and visitors safe by using safety products for your pool.