Lush Lawns

It is spring time and everyone is outside getting their yards and landscaping in tip top shape.  As our girls were growing up we had more weeds than grass.  My favorite line was “if it’s green and grows, I’m happy.”  Then, when we were in Norwalk, Ohio, we moved into a really nice neighborhood where…

Kids’ Swing Sets

As spring rolls around, the kids are anxious to get outside and play.  Two of their favorite attractions are swing sets and sand boxes.  As our girls grew up, we had a variety of store-bought metal swing sets and Dad’s special homemade wood sets.  The latter was so heavy duty that it was almost a…

Little Hands and Stoves

A common question I get when there is no stove in a kitchen is “what do you recommend—gas or electric?”  You should see the look on their faces when I say “wood.”  Now, the old wood stoves were efficient because they not only cooked your food, but also heated the kitchen and part of the…

Lead Paint

Well, spring is almost here and many folks are in the mood to freshen up their house and do some redecorating.  It might be a whole room, or maybe just some trim.  When doing redecorating or remodeling, you need to be aware of any potential hazards you might encounter.  In an earlier article, I addressed…

Smoke Alarms

Where’s that beeping coming from? As I start a home inspection, I explain to my clients that my purpose is to make sure there is nothing in the home that will affect the health and safety of their family.  One of my tasks is to make sure that the home has smoke detectors, and that…

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

Every year, we hear of families hurt or even killed because of carbon monoxide.  So what is this invisible gas?  Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a by-product of combustion.  You can’t see it or smell it.  It is a heavy gas that moves along the floors of a home.  It will not necessarily kill a person,…

Out with the Old, In with the New

I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the knowledge that ‘Santa is coming soon’ as a ‘motivator’ for my children to get rid of toys they no longer play with. Children are much more eager to part with toys when they are expecting new ones to take their place! Because I also…

Christmas Safety (rerun)

This blog is a rerun from last year, but a good reminder about safety as we decorate for Christmas! It is the time of the year when the Christmas tree comes out of storage with all of the lights and decorations, and little eyes glow with anticipation.  I say ‘out of storage’ because I can…

Keep an Eye Out for Summer Danger

Call me crazy. Call me a party pooper. Call me a complete downer. I really don’t mind. And I really don’t like summer that much. Besides the heat and sun which can be pretty miserable, my anxiety level in the summer rises about 1000% as the “trauma season” begins. According to safekids.org, summer is the…