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Each fall Americans turn clocks back an hour, marking the end of Daylight Savings
Time. "Spring-forward-" and "fall-back" clock-changing can
also serve as a reminder to replace smoke-alarm batteries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fire is the second leading
cause of unintentional death in the home. Each year, nearly 2,700 people die
in residential fires, and there are more than 330,000 residential fires reported
to fire departments.
Manufacturers and fire-safety experts say if your unit is 10-or-more years
old, an alarm that sounds when the button is pushed just means it's getting
electricity and not necessarily that the sensor chamber is activating properly.
To be certain, either test older units with a smoke device or replace them.
Sensor chambers can become dirty and ineffective or non-operational even if
the button test works. For safety's sake replace an older unit; then you'll
know it'll be working.
Though safety is first, there is a laundry list of other home-maintenance
tasks that should be performed as we move through fall and into winter. The
following tasks will help save money on utilities and prevent the need for major
repairs, improve comfort and safety, save energy and preserve the integrity
of your home.
A little seasonal home maintenance can prevent big problems down the road
and save you money.
Getting the Job Done with WD-40
WD-40 has partnered with Rebuilding Together and “On The House with the Carey Brothers” to find the 2010 Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year—a skilled trade professional who gives back to the community and adds value to his or her trade industry. Six finalists will be chosen from specific skilled trade categories, including: carpenter, contractor, electrician, HVAC/plumber, painter and roofer. One grand-prize winner will receive a Super Bowl trip for two, $500 cash and a product prize package worth $15,000, courtesy of Sears Blue Tool Crew and WD-40. Five runner-up finalists and their nominators will also receive products and tools.
The grand-prize winner will also be featured as a guest co-host on an upcoming broadcast of On the House. Using their expert knowledge, the Tradesperson of the Year will help Morris, James and Rebecca answer listener questions and discuss why community activism is important to him or her.
Do you know someone that fits the bill? Individuals can nominate trade professionals at RTTradespersonOfTheYear.com until Nov. 16, 2010.
Did you know there are 2,000+ uses for WD-40? Besides using WD-40 on the job, “doers” use WD-40 every day in the home and garden, to help with craft projects and on sports equipment… Check more out at wd40.com. Have stories about WD-40 or just love that little blue-and-yellow can? You’re not alone. Join the Official WD-40 Fan Club at mywd40.com to get weekly tips, join discussions, get exclusive downloads and participate in regular contests and giveaways.