Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – A smoke detector should be installed in every bedroom and one on every floor of your home. A CO detector should be installed within 15 feet of each bedroom.

Test your GFCI receptacles monthlyGFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupters, are the outlets typically located in your bathroom, kitchen and garage that are intended to protect you from electrical shock. These outlets have 2 buttons, one that says ‘test’ and one that says ‘reset’. To test press the ‘test’ button and verify that the electrical current has been stopped by plugging in any electrical device and verifying that it doesn’t turn on. Press ‘reset’ to restore power. Replace them if the don’t work.

Have several well stocked first aid kits – a well stocked first aid kit should be readily available in your home and garage or workshop.

Protect yourself when using power tools – When using power tools be sure you are plugged into a GFCI protected circuit or purchase and use a GFCI protected power cord.

Correct unsafe stairways and landings – Repair treads that are uneven, too narrow, sloped or loose. Install good lighting on landings and stairways. Repair or replace railings that are missing, loose or too low.

Use your ladders safely – ladders are involved in over 100,000 injuries each year. Be sure your ladder is set up properly, is in good working order and that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.

Locate your water and gas shut off valves – Look for your main water shut off valve near the wall closest to the street on the lowest level of your home. Individual water shut off valves should be located at each sink and toilet and at your water heater. Individual gas shut off valves should be located at every gas fired appliance (i.e. dryer, stove, water heater, furnace, fireplace, etc.)

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July 2009 Classes

Basic Home Maintenance Click Here
Wed July 8th 6:00 pm
Thu July 9th 9:00 am

Drywall Repair Click Here
Wed July 15th 6:00 pm
Thu July 16th 9:00 am

Plumbing 101 Click Here
Sat July 11th 1:00 pm

Electrical Basics Click Here
Sat July 11th & July 18th 9 am