How to be safe and sound this season
The winter season is here and along with it the holiday season; both provide the opportunity for some recommended annual maintenance around your rental property or home.
Every homeowner or tenant should have at least one fire extinguisher in the home and know how to use it. Fire extinguishers must be periodically re-charged or replaced. Please check your fire extinguisher today and make sure that fully charged and easily accessible in the case of a fire.
A smoke alarm should be installed on each floor of the home and inside each sleeping area (bedroom). In the event a fire starts inside a bedroom and the door is closed the sleeping resident will be overtaken by flames and smoke before the fire alarm outside the door awakens them. The beginning of the heating season is a good time to remember to change the batteries. If your smoke alarm is "chirping" it is telling you that the batteries are low. Never disconnect the batteries except to change them. The life you save could be your own or a family member. If you prefer to upgrade your smoke (and carbon-monoxide) detector, batteryless detectors are now available ranging from $30 to $50, which are guaranteed to work for 10 years.
Another annually recommended maintenance task for your Santa Cruz Property: If your home has a fireplace or wood burning stove it needs to be periodically cleaned and inspected for damage. If your heating system is a wall furnace, remember to get it periodically checked and the filters changed annually as well.
Dryer Vent Cleaning:
Many companies offering cleaning service for furnace and heating ducts, will also service your dryer vent. Lint building up in those dryer ducts create a fire hazard. If you have noticed that it takes longer to dry your clothes you have a built-up of lint inside the line. Get all your vents and ducts attended to and it easily can be a one stop shop with the right service provider.
Packages and Mail Theft:
Online holiday shopping has many of us have ordering gifts for friends and loved ones. Packages are being delivered by the truckload on front porches numerous homes in the Santa Cruz.