Common House Fire Causes: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re a homeowner living in your own property or a landlord renting to a tenant, the last thing you want to happen is a house fire. Unfortunately, though, fires in homes arise thousands of times each year across the country. When one examines the causes of these fires, most of the time they’re due to the same types of triggers. Here are some of the most common house fire causes that you need to be aware of today.

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Electrical Equipment

When you hear about house fires on the news, you’ll notice that many of them are attributed to faulty or otherwise dangerous electrical equipment. With homes having so many plugged-in devices these days, it’s no wonder that some of them create power surges or sparks and lead to fires.

It’s important to understand key electrical safety tips for your home, such as those listed on AHS.com. Protect yourself by inspecting electrical equipment each year for frays, faults, and other potential issues. Throw out any appliance you can’t fix effectively and replace worn or damaged power cords before using them again. Don’t overload extension cords or wall sockets, either.

Faulty Wiring

When buying a home, most buyers will hire a home inspector. Their report will cover many things including faulty wiring, which can lead to a house fire. This is most often the case in older homes with bad, outdated internal wiring, but can sometimes occur in newer properties, too. A good way to pick up on issues is to pay attention to dimming lights in your house when you plug in extra pieces of equipment. Alternatively, if fuses or circuit breakers blow frequently, this is a sign your wiring needs attention. Always hire an electrician to inspect and replace risky wires.

Cooking

If you’re a keen cook who likes to spend time in the kitchen, you’ve probably never thought much about fires starting in this room of the house since you’re confident with your skills. Yet, cooking is one of the primary house fire causes every year. Why? Because people leave pots and pans unattended for too long. Or, because hot cooking oil splatters flammable materials in the room.

Stay safe by never leaving the room when using cooking equipment. Place lids on spitting pans. Wear closely-fitted sleeves that can’t catch alight easily when you’re cooking. Also, don’t use kitchen equipment when you’re drunk, have taken medicine or drugs that could make you drowsy or impair your judgment, or when you’re otherwise sleepy.

Heating Sources

During winter, it’s natural to use one or more heating sources in your homes, such as wood stoves, fireplaces, radiant heaters, fan heaters, column heaters, and other options. While in most cases this is fine, sadly some house fires start due to these devices. Portable space heaters, in particular, are often a problem.

When you use these products, situate them in well-ventilated areas and keep them well away from combustible materials like furniture, drapes, and clothing. The heaters you use should have an automatic shut-off feature and thermostat control, as these factors increase safety. Also, when it comes to fireplaces and wood stoves, place a spark screen or glass door over the front of the heating sources to help prevent sparks from exiting.

Candles

Another big cause of house fires is candles. While these accessories smell lovely, add a great ambiance to a room, and can help you to relax, they may also lead to horrible consequences if you go to sleep while they’re still burning. Prevent a catastrophe by using candles in a smart way. Monitor them at all times and place them on level surfaces and in sturdy holders. Keep them well away from combustible material and don’t let children or pets too close.

Kids Playing with Matches

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One of the most tragic house fire causes is kids playing with matches. You must teach yours early on about the dangers of playing with matches. Many kids become fascinated by fire and want to play with matches, which often leads to house fires.

Apart from educating children on the risks, consider also locking up relevant items in a safe place. They should be stored somewhere kids can’t get to them, especially when you’re out and children are home alone.

The idea of having your house partially or completely burn down due to a fire and losing not only your possessions but also potentially your pets, family, and even your own life is something that can make your skin crawl. However, by taking a few safety precautions you will more effectively protect yourself and all your loved ones.

The Best Turfgrass for Your Property

Most homeowners want to give their property the best lawn on the block — and while lawn care is the most significant factor in making a lawn stand out, it remains important that the exact right grass is growing in the exact right environment. Because different turfgrasses were created for different temperatures, soil types, humidity, and light levels, not all grass will work on all properties. So what is the best turfgrass for your property?

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Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this summer? If so, you’ll want your lawn looking its best. Here are a few guidelines for choosing the best turfgrass for your property, so you can be one step closer to having the best lawn in the neighborhood.

Types of Turfgrass

Typically, turfgrass is divided into two main categories:

  • warm-season grass
  • cool-season grass

As you might expect, warm-season grasses flourish in regions with hotter climates; this is because these grasses grow most efficiently in soil that is between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and air that is between 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Home Upgrades to Consider for Aging in Place

No matter your stage of life, finding ways to make the most out of your home is a common goal. Whether you found your dream home early on or have decided to live out the rest of your years in your current abode, making the appropriate home upgrades will prevent you from outgrowing the space. Consider these upgrades for each stage of life to help you grow with your home throughout the years.

Quartz countertops are about as maintenance-free as you can get. As an added bonus… they’re also beautiful!

Home Upgrades for the New Homeowner

1. Go Green with Appliances

If you’re planning on making the most out of your years in your starter home, you’ll want to survey the current appliances (both major and small!) to see where you can make updates. Not only will this provide your space with a modern, sleek appearance, but opting for green appliances can benefit your household and do wonders for your long-term savings. Look for ranges, refrigerators, washers and dryers with an EnergyStar label indicating that they are energy-efficient. Installing everyday appliances that utilize fewer resources will help cut utility costs in the long run.

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4 Things to Remember When Building a Music Room

Building a proper and classy music room is among the toughest challenges that musicians and drummers face. A well-designed music room can make the difference between smooth sailing and significant headaches down the road. By and large, there are various things to think about when constructing a music room. While most people are inspired to buy lots of equipment, they tend to forget very important basics including choosing the right material for the flooring and walls, which account largely on soundproofing. The following are four critical things one should remember when building a music room.

This music room has really gone “all out” with sound dampening panels.

Location is a Vital Consideration

Choosing the right location for a music room not only helps one to get the most out of the space but also ensures that the neighbors and other family members are protected from noise disturbances. First, determine the purpose of the music room—rehearsals, recordings, or performances? People who build a music room in their homes will often pick a room and customize into a studio. In this case, it’s prudent to evaluate the room to determine whether it requires remodeling like replacing the floor, walls or painting. Certain rooms might require more soundproofing than others.

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Best Louisville Neighborhoods: Move Up Homes (Part 2 of 3)

In April, I published the first part of this series Best Louisville Neighborhoods: Starter Homes. Today, I’m publishing the second piece. We’ll be focusing on some of my favorite Louisville neighborhoods for people looking to move up from their first home (or maybe second) into a larger, more expensive property.

These mid-level homes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are older, charming houses. Others newer homes with more open-concept layouts. Larger lots and smaller lots, there’s some of each. Let’s get started! And if you have any questions at all, I love to help. Please contact me anytime you like.

Best Move Up Neighborhoods in Louisville

The criteria for this group of neighborhoods is basically just increasing the price range. From there, I gather the contenders then pull out my favorites. There are far more great options than these 10 neighborhoods but these are very nice places to start.

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Types and Uses of Water Flow Meters

A flowmeter is a device engineered to gauge the rate of flow of a liquid or gas passing through a particular point within a specific system. For example, water traversing through a pipeline. Water utilities generally utilize water meters. However, they also have been used in manufacturing and industrial capacities. They can even be part of your home’s plumbing system.

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Water meters are, for the most part, used in all areas of society. There are relatively four kinds of meters gauging water in its various forms. And these are hygrometers, ice meters, moisture meters, and water meters. We will walk you through what these four classes of water meters measure and where and how they are used. Read on!

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What Are The Dangers Of Mold In A Home; How To Solve It?

Owing to its rapid growth and a love for dark, damp places, mold can be a very sneaky substance. Its devious growth is further fueled by the fact that most people treat it with the “out-of-sight-out-of- mind” attitude. It’s easy to be oblivious to the dangers of mold. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on almost everything but most often affects porous materials such as drywall. It spreads through the entire house by producing spores that become airborne and settle on other surfaces.

Here you can see that over a long period of time mold has weakened the sub-floor causing it deteriorate.

While this may not appear like a grave issue, mold growth in a home poses serious health risks and a potential threat to the structural integrity of the property. Homeowners should, therefore, take proactive measures in suppressing and preventing its growth. The following information elaborates the dangers of mold and how to deal with it.

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Best Louisville Neighborhoods: Starter Homes (Part 1 of 3)

Since 2007, my Best Louisville Neighborhoods section of the website has been highly praised by both clients and local real estate professionals. I truly appreciate this because it’s been a labor of love. It’s not password protected. I don’t ask you for your email to see it. It’s simply the best of its kind in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Now, I’m going to highlight all the great content located within by looking at the best neighborhoods in Louisville for starter homes, mid-level homes, and luxury homes.

Let’s get started!

Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville

So, what exactly is a starter home? As you’ve probably guessed, a starter home is the first home anyone buys. Whether they are buying the house as an individual, as a couple or already have a family with children. These are the least expensive homes available. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great options for Louisville home buyers!

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Spring 2019 Limited-Time Promotion

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If you’re thinking about selling your Louisville home, now is truly a great time. With the lower than average housing inventories, sellers have less competition and can get higher sale prices. Plus, I’ll use my successful online marketing strategies to make sure as many people as possible view your online listing.

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What Every Seller Should Know About Today’s Home Buyers

There are more ways to buy a home today than ever before. It’s crazy! In the past, people generally hired an agent or went it alone. Today, we still have those options but now there are many more choices down both paths. If you’re thinking about selling your home this year (or in the future) keep reading. This expert advice will help you better understand what’s happening in in the minds of today’s home buyers.

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Online Is Where It’s At

Today, everything is online. Agents know this. Buyers know it. Every home seller should know it too!

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