Are you prepared? {Giveaway} #Beesafe

With the deep freeze going on east of us, I can’t help but think, “Is my family prepared if this happened here at home?”

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If we were suddenly with out power, how long are we really prepared for if the power is out for more than a few hours?

Do we have enough food and water? Will we be able to stay warm?

My husband and I could manage, but now we have a 4 yo and a 1 yo to look after, so having enough food, water and warm clothes is essential.

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Did you know that you should be prepared for 72 hours? It could take this long for emergency responders to get to you. Follow this link for more information about being prepared.

I am planning on putting together a “tote” chock full of the essentials that we would require to survive for a week in the event of a serious catastrophe.

I’ve poked around the internet and there are kits that you can purchase from companies like: Beesafe Solutions, 72 Hours, Costco, or you could build your own with this list provided by the Canadian Red Cross.

Beesafe Solutions has generously provided an Emergency Kit to give away to one lucky reader. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will run January 1st – 7th, 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The monster behind the dryer!!

When was the last time that you cleaned the lint out from behind your clothes dryer?

Never?

The LInt Monster!

The LInt Monster!

Every year, approximately 15,000 fires* are caused by lint buildup in dryers. Lint, which is highly combustible, must be cleaned from the lint filter after each load to allow air to circulate freely through the dryer.

 Maintain Your Dryer

Some tips to avoid lint and dust buildup:

• Periodically clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped in the venting system as well as around the electrical outlet twice a year.
• Occasionally remove the lint filter and clean it with a nylon brush and hot, soapy water.
• Keep the area around and on top of the dryer clean and free of clutter.
• Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the appliance and venting system once a year.
• Thoroughly clean the vent system if you notice your drying times have increased.
• Use rigid or semi-rigid sheet metal venting material, never plastic.
• For best dryer performance, use the shortest, straightest vent length possible, and use a louvered or box hood style to cap your vent outside.
• All dryers should be vented to the outside and be sure you can feel air flowing out of the vent to the outdoors when the dryer is on.
• Inspect the venting system behind the dryer and replace any pieces that are damaged or crushed.
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the dryer and vent system.
*Content shared from Canadian Residential Inspections.
Lint filled dryer duct.

Lint filled dryer duct.

Dryer Fire.

Dryer Fire.

I’ll bet that you are about to pull out your vacuum cleaner now and give your dryer the once over.

Baby proofing…Round 2!

On my quest to make my home toddler-proof, I did a little more investigating into more babyproofing solutions and I came across these bad boys.

Straps in package

The “new” straps.

The dreambaby Multi-Purpose Latch. The two white discs stick to the side of the cabinet and drawer front, and the strap attaches to the discs “button-style”. I found these at Walmart, and they didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Easy to install, and even though there is minimal clearance between the bank of drawers and the stove, they seem to be the answer I’ve been looking for.

Open drawer

Open drawer.

Closed drawers

Closed drawers.

So now that they’ve been installed, we’ll see how “Mr.Get-Into-EVERYTHING” does tomorrow. Hopefully my spices in Drawer #1 are safe and the ravioli maker in Drawer #4 doesn’t end up in the Play Doh set.