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7 Home Maintenance Tasks To Tackle In October
Temperatures are dropping and the days are growing shorter. But before you go hog wild with the Halloween decorations and settle in for that horror movie binge session, take some time to prep your home for winter’s onslaught.
1. Clean your dryer vents.
2. Seal your outdoor surfaces.
3. Stow that hose.
4. Inspect your gutters and downspouts.
5. Have your chimney inspected for cracks, breaks or even bird nests before your first use.
6. Test and upgrade any fire protection inside your home.
7. Be sure if using any portable heaters, they are placed safely. Look for heaters that have automatic turn offs when tipped or timers for duration.
With freezing temps just a month or so away, now is the perfect time to ensure your house is safe from any fire dangers.
Importance Of Fire Safety In the Fall
October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week. As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips.
*Ensure all smoke detector batteries in your home or office have been checked.
*Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor every year before using it.
*Be especially careful when using space heaters. Ensure you have at least 3 feet of empty space. Also make sure you turn off when leaving your home.
*Have your chimney inspected and if needed cleaned before using in the cold weather. Repair any cracks present and have all debris removed from your chimney.
*Go over with all members of your household your fire escape plan and practice several times.
5 Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
We have all thought once or twice about trying it every Thanksgiving, yep you guessed it, deep frying a turkey! Most have seen the thousands of videos of Uncle Joe trying to deep fry his first turkey and completely failing. You may have asked yourself this question before: is it worth it?? Well here are few things to consider when planning your Thanksgiving cooking methods:
*Turkey fryers can easily tip over
*Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
*Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
*An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter when put in the pot.
If you do decide to venture into the land of deep frying, just remember these things when planning your holiday menu. Happy deep frying!!!