Archive for February, 2012
What could be nicer on a cold winter evening than a crackling fire? Most apartments unfortunately do not have that beautiful, warm and toasty fireplace. But if you are one of the few that have a working fireplace in your apartment, count yourself lucky. Your landlord should ensure that the chimney is working order. But inside the apartment, safety of operation is in your hands. Here are some tips to maintain apartment safety when you have a fireplace.
Make sure smoke alarms are in working order. Smoke alarms are vital to apartment safety. Check them once a month, and replace batteries at least once a year.
Use a mesh screen. For apartment safety, keep the screen closed when a fire is lit. If the fireplace doesn’t have a built-in screen, get one that completely covers the front of the fireplace. This will keep sparks from popping out and igniting nearby materials.
Keep the fireplace area clear. This is another important apartment safety tip. Anything flammable such as paper, furniture, rugs, and wood should be kept at least 3 feet from the fireplace.
Never start a fire with gas or other flammable liquids. Flammable liquids release vapors that can explode, endangering your apartment safety.
Have a fire extinguisher on hand. This device helps to ensure your apartment safety. If an extinguisher is not present, ask your landlord to provide one or purchase your own.
Use the damper correctly. For apartment safety, be sure the damper is open when you start a fire. Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
Be careful what you burn. Your apartment safety depends on it. For example, do not burn a green Christmas tree, which can throw off lots of sparks and cause a chimney fire. If you burn newspapers, remove the color sections—they can release toxic gases when burned.
Never leave a fire unattended. Extinguish a fire before you go to bed or leave your apartment. Safety precautions like this can help protect you and your belongings.
Practice good fireplace apartment safety, and you’ll be able to enjoy those cozy fires on chilly nights without worry.
If you don’t have a fireplace and would like one, why not look for a new apartment? Safety, location, price, and other features are all things you’ll want to consider. Search our listings of Seattle apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, and Austin apartments to find the perfect new home for you.
Houseplants bring a feeling of the outdoors to apartment living. But these valued household members can suffer shocks and breakage if they are not handled carefully. Use this moving checklist to prepare your leafy friends for relocation.
A couple of weeks before your move:
- Repot. First on your moving checklist, check what kinds of pots your plants are in. Repot those in breakable pots in same-size plastic pots, which are lighter and won’t break.
- Prune as needed. Another item on your moving checklist should be to pinch back large or bushy plants. This will help prevent breakage during your move and will also encourage thicker growth. Do not prune succulents like jade plants and cacti.
- Banish pests. Next on your moving checklist, inspect your plants for insects. If you find any, check online or with a local greenhouse to learn the best way to treat them.
A day or two before your move:
- Prepare boxes. For this step of a moving checklist, find boxes that will hold your plants. You may be able to fit a few smaller plants into the same box, but large plants will probably need individual boxes.
- Water your plants. Don’t forget this step of your moving checklist. However, don’t get carried away. Water normally. In cold weather, overwatering could result in freezing. In hot weather, it could lead to fungus growth.
On moving day:
- Put plants in their boxes. Do this after you have finished other items on your moving checklist to minimize the time plants are boxed. To keep plants from shifting, place wadded newspaper around the pots. Punch holes in the sides of the boxes for air flow. Cover protruding branches or leaves loosely with a sheet or plastic garbage bag.
- Load your plants. This should be the last item on your moving checklist. Put plants inside your car. They could get too hot or too cold in the trunk or the back of a truck. When you arrive at your new place, unload your plants first.
If you follow the steps on our moving checklist, your plants will arrive at their new home ready to flourish. And to make the rest of your move as painless as possible, use our printable moving checklist. With good planning and organization, both you and your plants will bloom where you’re planted.
Relocation can be tough on the whole family, but it’s especially stressful for pets. Whether you have a standard dog, cat, or bird or a more exotic beast, good preplanning with a moving checklist is essential. Barkley, Socks, or Crackers will be grateful for your efforts.
Before you start to pack, use our moving checklist to get your pet prepared for a move. Certain documents may be required if you are moving out of state. Ask your vet or check with the animal control agency in the state you are moving to. Some things you may need include:
- Current ID. This should be number one on your pet moving checklist. If your pet can wear a collar, make sure it has one that includes a tag with your name, phone number, new address, and the pet’s name.
- An up-to-date health certificate including a shot record. This is required for dogs in most states and may be required for cats, birds, or other pets.
- Health records. Next on your moving checklist, be sure to get your pet’s health records from your current vet. This will help when you take your pet to a new vet.
- A permit, which may be required if you have an exotic pet.
- A recent photo. Be sure to add this step to your moving checklist. Heaven forbid your pet should escape during the move, but it could happen.
- A pet carrier. Don’t overlook this important moving checklist item. Even if you plan to move your pet in your car, a sturdy and roomy carrier is still a good idea. It will keep your pet safer than being loose in your car and may help your pet feel more secure. Put a soft blanket or towel inside, and let your pet sleep in the carrier for a few days before your move.
If you take the time up front to handle the items on our moving checklist, the move will be much easier on both you and your pet.
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