Protecting Your Home from Fire

Protecting Your Home from Fire

Fire disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. Because they are unpredictable, fire accidents can result in serious destructions to property, and they kill and harm thousands of people each year.  It is not easy to rebuild after you’ve lost many priceless things or loved ones.  All you can do is take measures to prevent fires from happening in the first place.

Here are a few tips to help you protect your home from fire:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test and dust them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries every year.
  2. Organize a fire escape plan for your family. Locate two exits out of every room and be sure every family members knows how to escape if there is a fire. Make sure that everyone knows where to find the keys for doors and windows that are regularly locked. Establish a meeting place outside of your house.
  3. Take extra care of your kitchen. Never leave your young children alone in the kitchen, especially when you are cooking.  When grilling, keep the grill at least ten feet away from any other objects. Things that can burn like dishtowels, paper, and plastic bags should be kept at least three feet away from the stove. Always double check to be sure your gas stoves are turned off when you are finished cooking.
  4. Never leave burning candles unattended.  Always make use of candle holders and blow out candles before you leave a room, especially if there are children around.
  5. Ensure that cigarettes are stubbed out appropriately. Use large and deep ashtrays placed on stable surfaces. Put out cigar butts with water before leaving them. Never smoke in bed.
  6. Use only one plug per socket. This will prevent overloading your electrical outlets.  Also, switch off appliances when not in use.
  7. Store gasoline in appropriate containers outside the house.  Remember to the tightly close the lid.  Never bring or use it indoors.
  8. Always close doors at night. In case of emergency, this can stop the spreading of fire and can give you valuable extra minutes to escape.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Ways to Cut Energy Costs

With the rising price of oil and other monthly utility bills that dig into our pocketbooks, the hunt is on for money-saving home energy solutions. Homeowners all over the world are trying to find ways to reduce their energy consumption with the hope of lowering their energy bills each month.

There are plenty of ways to reduce your energy bill that will cost you nothing. Other approaches may need an initial investment. Below are seven cost-cutting energy tips:

  1. 1. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. These types of light bulbs are commonly brighter and use less energy than ordinary light bulbs. Replacing all the light bulbs in your home with this type of light bulb can reduce your energy cost by 7%.
  2. 2. Change your light bulbs simultaneously on a schedule. Change your fluorescent bulbs once they have used 80% of their rated life because, at that point, they can actually begin to waste energy. Use T8 tubes and upgrade to electric ballasts to reduce the electric load by 42%.
  3. 3. Use solar panels. Many people use them in order to cut down on energy consumption because they operate off of the continually renewable energy of the sun. They are also cheap and easy to assemble.
  4. 4. Allow your dishes to air dry. Turning off your dishwasher’s drying cycle can reduce your electricity use up to 20%.
  5. 5. Turn down the thermostat. You can reduce your energy consumption by over 5% by turning your thermostat down just one degree. You won’t even notice the difference in room temperature, and you will save money.
  6. 6. Turn off your computers at night. Most of us spend a lot of time on our computers, so much so that we sometimes forget to turn things off. Shutting off your computer at night will save an average of $90 of electricity a year, according to the Department of Energy.
  7. 7. Look for ENERGY Star products. There are over 60 different product categories that qualify for the label and offer significant savings over the usual purchased products.

With a little bit of preparation and the use of inexpensive materials you can cut your energy costs up to 50%.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

More Trees Offered by Oklahoma Forestry Services

Forest ThreatsOklahoma experiences many natural disasters, and as a result, a lot of tress are lost along the way. Having fewer trees has a lot of trickle down consequences and leaves many forests and properties barren.

To replenish some of the forests and wildlife in the state that have been decimated due to wildfires, drought, and tornadoes, Oklahoma Forestry Services is encouraging landowners to plant more trees by providing free trees to anyone who is interested. There will also be a larger selection of tree species available for purchase at the OKS online store if landowners are looking for a particular type of tree.

Landowners who want to bring back the abundance of their forests can seek assistance from OFS foresters on planning, creating designs for their properties, and planting and caring for the trees. OFS foresters can assist anyone who wants to plant trees, regardless of the size of their acreage.

There will be a number of tree species available for free as well as for purchase. Hardwood “super cells” are available in blocks of 25 per species and require a minimum order of 25 trees. Other trees include black hickory and chittamwood.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

5 Tips for Creating a Home Office

5 Tips for Creating a Home Office

More and more people are starting to work from home, and if you are one of those people, then you owe it to yourself to create a proper office space. When you work from home, it is so important to have a space where you can concentrate and separate your work life from your home life.

The good news is that great home office designs do not require a lot of work or money and can be really fun to create. Below are a few tips that can help you create a home office that is not only a practical and functional space, but also one that fits your personal style and personality.

  1. Choose your space. Maybe you have a spare bedroom or an unused area of a finished basement you can use for a home office. Even a small corner with a desk can be turned into an office atmosphere as long as it is away from congestion and noise.
  2. Pick your home office equipment. Consider the type of equipment and tools you are going to need in your office in order to work faster and more efficiently.  These things usually include a fax machine, telephone line, computer, printer, etc
  3. Decide on what desk arrangement is best for you.  There are five basic desk furniture arrangements you can choose from: L-shape, Parallel, U-shape, corner, or reverse arrangement.
  4. Pay attention to your indoor lighting. It is essential to a good working environment. When you select the location of your home office, choose a space that receives natural sunlight if possible. For artificial lighting, used diffused or indirect lighting, which provides light, but does not create uncomfortable glares.
  5. Use an ergonomically correct chair. Avoid using a kitchen or dining room chair that could cause back pain. Bad work posture and repetitive strain injuries should be avoided at all costs.

The more pleasant your home office is, the more you are going to enjoy spending time there.  That will naturally increase your productivity and bring you added success.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

HOPE Center of Edmond Offers Food Drive and Concert This Weekend

HOPE Center of Edmond Offers Food Drive and Concert This Weekend

A benefit concert hosted by the HOPE Center of Edmond. is schedule to happen this Saturday in Edmond.  Those who love music and helping others can come and enjoy participating in a food drive and concert

Harvest for HOPE is a benefit concert that aims to gather more canned goods and donations to support the center’s advocacy of helping others in need. It is a great way to provide heartfelt contributions and give volunteers an enjoyable night to remember.

The HOPE Center of Edmond has been helping thousands of people and families for more than 25 years. Families, children, and those in need are provided free clothing, food, and basic assistance when they come to the facility.

The benefit concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Plunkett Park on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Two bands will be performing live: Chrome Discus, which will play a variety of music genres and Jon O’Neal & the Rumours, who will play blues-rock.

Those who want to come and watch the concert will need to bring two canned goods for admission or $5. There will also be refreshments sold at the concert, with proceeds going to the center.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Keep Your Little One Safe by Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing

Children have an imagination like no other, and as expected, they are curious, active, and playful. Kids can find a way to transform anything into an exciting toy, but if you don’t keep your eye on them, they could end up going through your toolbox or medicine cabinet when you’re not looking and hurting themselves. This is why you should make it a priority to childproof your home.

Below are some useful tips to childproof your home and help protect your kids against common household dangers:

  1. Identify the danger zones at home. Ask yourself which areas pose a risk to your children and create a list.  You want to be sure you address every danger zone, and making a list will help ensure that you do that.
  2. Purchase cabinet latches for your cabinets and drawers. These devices can be easily installed and must be placed on every cabinet that contains medicine, cleaning supplies, or other chemicals in your house that could be considered a threat to your child. Locks need to be placed on drawers that have sharp objects, such as knives, scissors, nails, and screwdrivers.
  3. Cover all electrical outlets with protective coverings. This is to prevent your child from sticking their finger in any object that could electrocute them.
  4. Block stairways. Falling down is one of the biggest causes of injury to young children. Stairways are particularly dangerous due to their height, which is why they have to be properly gated. Just be sure you do not use pressure mounted gates at the tops of the stairs because your child may be able to put enough pressure on them to give way.
  5. Sharp edges should be shielded with bumpers. There are plenty of bumpers available in stores that can be used coffee tables and other pieces of furniture that could potentially cause injury to your child if they hit their head on it. Bumpers can be quickly and easily installed and will put your mind at ease when your child runs by the table.
  6. Install door locks and door knobs at higher levels. You don’t want your children to leave the house or enter rooms that are off limits without you knowing about it.  Door knob covers are also important fixtures that deny children the ability to enter certain areas.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate