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Sprinkler Fun

Sprinkler Fun

 

Thanks to Myria for this week’s tips on having fun and being safe with water sprinklers! Be sure the check out the entire article for more games to play with water sprinklers!

Fill the Cup – use unbreakable cups (plastic Dixie cups work well) and have the kids fill them using the sprinkler without touching it. Make it more fun by having the kids stand in one place and if they move – they have to dump their cup over their head and start over.

Freeze Tag – Have an adult handle the sprinkler hose and kink it, kids can dance/jump/walk around until the hose is let go – then they have to freeze in place. If you move, you’re out!

* Incorporate a “no running” rule since surfaces/toys can get slippery.

* An adult should supervise

Parents Today had some tips as well for being safe at home while playing in water:

– Ensure adult supervision regardless of swimming capability

– Ensure your pool is fenced properly with a self-latching gate

– Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a life jacket to keep them floating above water

Be sure to check out the other tips from the Parents Today article on how to be safe around water!

 

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Staying Cool

Staying Cool

 

All this month we are going to share tips on keep yourself, your home, and your vehicles cool during the hot summer days!

We got this week’s article from Better Homes and Gardens with tips on how to stay cool when your home air conditioner conks out:

– Let It Breathe. Use breathable fabrics for your bed and pajamas. Lightweight cotton & bamboo fabrics are excellent for keep you cool while you sleep.

– Head Underground. Often the coolest part of the house is the basement. Take advantage of your finished basement as an escape from the heat.

– Cold Showers. Taking a cold shower or bath will reduce your body temperature quickly and having wet hair can cool you down for hours. No time for a bath? Soak your feet in ice water and splash water on your face.

– Cold Cooking. Cooking with a hot stove or oven is not ideal when it is already warm in the house. Opt instead for cooler options like salads or sandwiches, dishes that don’t require the use of a stove or oven.

Be sure to read the rest of the article at Better Homes and Gardens for the rest of the tips they have to stay cool when your air conditioner conks out…

 

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Air Conditioning Maintenance

Air Conditioning Maintenance

 

For the month of June we are going to be looking at ways to stay cool this summer!

Today’s article is from Hartford Steamboiler Insurance and contains tips on maintaining your home air conditioner. There is nothing worse than to have your air conditioner conk out on the hottest day of the year!

Clean the Coils – you should clean the coils on the outside of the unit, once during pre-start up and again once the unit is in full cooling mode. For window units, you may consider using a fin repair tool (can be found at any home improvement store) to straighten crushed fins and clean the scum/dirt/dust from in-between them. This will increase efficiency as well as prevent leaks/drips from clogged drains/pans.

Inspect the Compressor Motor Starter – the electrical contacts can rust/corrode, best to have them replaced before they fail.

Check/Replace Moisture Filters – If the air unit indicates moisture in the system, call a repairman to vacuum the system and replace any driers/filters.

Check Refrigerant Charge – If the system is low on refrigerant, make sure you check for leaks and repair as necessary.

Clean Evaporators – You should vacuum your furnace cabinet before running your central air and you should be replacing the furnace filter every 30 days.

 

Head on over to the original article for more information on maintaining your air conditioner!

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