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Important Information About Preventing Appliance Fires

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Preventing appliance fires comes down to proper planning and maintenance. This is especially true for the kitchen, which contains many appliances that without proper care could pose a hazard. To limit future problems, there are a few things every homeowner can do:

  • Have an Expert Look at Wiring — Have an electrician or home inspector check your wiring to see whether it can handle your household’s demand. These professionals can also look for faulty appliances and other problems.
  • Check for Recalls — Sometimes avoiding a problem means being proactive. Appliances are often recalled by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) and posted on websites, like www.CPSC.gov and www.recall.gov. Check these websites now and again to see if your appliance has been recalled. You can also register your new appliances with the manufacturer. If there is a recall, the manufacturer will be obligated to let you know immediately.
  • Be Careful in the Kitchen — Some problems are caused by the misuse of appliances. Keep small children and pets away from hot surfaces, and never leave cooking unattended. Be sure to keep rags, plastic bags and other flammable materials away from the cooking range. Also, unplug small appliances while not in use.

Kitchen fires are not only common, but they also make up about half of all household fires in the United States every year. Enlist the help of experts and do your best to keep this area of your home well maintained. Make kitchen safety a priority and keep your home running smoothly.

What Can You Get Rid of Right Now? 25 Quick Ideas for Decluttering

Got a spare hour or so? It’s time to start tossing. Grab a trash bag, a recycling bin and a few donation boxes and get down to business. Working room by room, here are the things you can get rid of right this second.

Kitchen

1. Expired food in your fridge and pantry. (Don’t forget to check all those condiments—they don’t last as long as you think).
2. Recipe books, cards and print-outs you don’t use.
3. Old or one-time use cleaning supplies under the sink.
4. Bottles of alcohol collecting dust.
5. Old, stained and tattered sponges, dishrags and hand towels.

Living Room

6. Magazines you’ve already read.
7. DVDs no one watches.
8. Knickknacks that no longer speak to you.
9. Extra throw pillows and blankets.
10. Toys and electronics that aren’t played with or used.

Bathroom

11. Expired medications.
12. Old makeup, nail polishes and skin care products.
13. Any half-empty bottles or soap remnants in the shower.
14. Sample packets and hotel soaps, shampoos and lotions.
15. Any hair accessories, curlers or hot tools that don’t get used.

Bedrooms

16. Extra sets of sheets—you only need two!
17. Clothes that don’t fit or you no longer wear.
18. Shoes that are worn out or never worn.
19. Jewelry that’s broken or never worn.
20. Extra buttons, clothing tags, safety pins and bobby pins.

Office

21. Old instruction manuals.
22. Print-outs you don’t have use for.
23. Books you’ve already read, don’t like or won’t realistically get to.
24. Old tax documents, bills and pay stubs. (Shred these!)
25. Extraneous pens, pencils and other office supplies.

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Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar: Which One is Right for You?

Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar

If you’ve been thinking about updating your basement or patio by putting in a bar, you have a lot of options, starting with whether you want a wet bar or a dry bar. But what’s the difference? Both are great for entertaining your family and friends, but they’re each suited to specific purposes. Read on to learn the difference between wet bars and dry bars and which one will suit your home best!

Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar: A Simple Difference

In some ways, a bar is a bar is a bar. They all provide an additional place in your home for friends and family to gather, chat and have fun while they watch you mix up their favorite beverages. What type of bar you choose is going to depend largely on what kind of space you’re working with, and where you want to put it. The difference between a wet bar and a dry bar is simple—a wet bar has a sink built in, and a dry bar doesn’t, but this leads to some key differences in installation and usage.

Wet Bar Pros and Cons

First of all, wet bars are more versatile than their dry counterparts. For instance, it’s easier to prepare drinks continuously for large groups of people with a wet bar, because you can wash glasses as you go without carting them to the kitchen. Wet bars generally contain more storage, too, which is handy if you have a lot of supplies for mixing different kinds of drinks.

As always, these pluses come with a few caveats—you’ll have to make sure your bar is situated near an existing plumbing line, and be prepared to shell out for a professional plumber to connect the new sink. Aside from being more expensive to install than dry bars, wet bars may also be seen as a little dated according to modern tastes in entertaining, unless you opt for a wet bar as an extension of your outdoor kitchen. The lesson here? If you want a wet bar to enjoy it yourself, go for it—but if you’re hoping a wet bar will increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell, don’t bet on it.

Dry Bar Pros and Cons

Unlike wet bars, dry bars are easy to add to any size space without worrying about running a plumbing line. They’re also on an upward trend as a desirable home feature compared to wet bars (understatement is the name of the game here). Dry bars are a good place to display a curated selection of bottles and glassware, and since they generally take up less space than a wet bar, they’re a good way to make use of otherwise unusable space in a room.

Because of their smaller size and lack of a sink, dry bars are only really ideal for entertaining small groups. You’re also best sticking to a more limited drink menu to cut down on trips to the kitchen.

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