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MAY HOME MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY TASKS

Use this May Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist and take preemptive measures to maintain the integrity of your home and to help protect your family.  


May is electrical safety month.  It's a good time to ensure you're home and family are adequately protected from electrical hazzards.


There’s a free printable checklist available for a reminder. You can get it below.


You love your family and your home – protect both and you’ll enjoy a beautiful space for years to come with your loved ones.


We know life gets busy so we've kept this concise and simple for you.  The printable checklist will be a handy reminder for you too. 


Included are home safety tips.  Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Fall asleep rest assured you took steps to ensure a safe home for your family. 


1. CHECK FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY


Outlet fire hazzard

May is national electrical safety month.  Take this time to check your electrical cords for damage.


Be sure to check your power strips and make sure they're not on overload.  Make sure your power strips have a power surge protector.


Cover your unused outlets to prevent small children and pets from accidentally shocking themselves.  Covering unused wall outlets also helps to keep debris and dust from interfering with the sockets.  


Take additional precautions with these electrical safety tips. 


Children and pets are susceptible to injury from electronic dangers.  Use these tips to help protect your children. 


For pet electrical safety tips head over here.


2. PATCH PATHWAYS


Broken Walkway Tripping Hazzard


Cracks and potholes in your pathways and walking areas can pose a dangerous hazard.

Repair concrete cracks and inspect outside areas for tripping hazards.


Watch the video below for easy step by step instructions on how to repair concrete.



3. CHECK OUTDOOR LIGHTING


Replacing Outdoor Light Bulb


Check your outdoor lighting.  Ensure all your lights are working and check to see if any repairs are needed.


Use these 7 outdoor safety lighting tips to help keep you, your family and guests safe.


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4.  CHECK AND REPAIR FENCES AND GATES


Repairing fence With Hammer and Crowbar


Now is a good time to check your fences and gates.  Clean and make reparations as needed.


Head over here for tips on cleaning various types of fences and making the necessary repairs.


5. TEST YOUR WATER HEATER'S PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE


Person Checking Water Pressure Relief Valve


Routine testing of your water heater's pressure relief valve can prevent a possible explosion and help reduce the chance of a leak caused by mineral and corrosion build up.


A buildup of minerals and rust can cause a valve to freeze up and become nonoperational.


Check your water heater's pressure relief valve with these step by step instructions.


6.  GIVE YOUR GRILL A GOOD CLEANING


Person Cleaning Outdoor BBQ Grill


After a long winter we're ready for outdoor cooking and entertaining.  Take some time and get your grill in tip top shape.


Give it a good cleaning and let the barbecuing begin!


7. CHECK FOR LEAKS UNDER YOUR KITCHEN SINK


Slow water leaks can wreak havoc on your home.  Catching leaks early and making the necessary repairs can prevent serious water damage later.


Take a moment and check under your kitchen sink for signs of water leaks.


8.  CLEAN YOUR EXTERIOR DOORS


Front Door Newly Cleaned


Dirt and grime tend to accumulate on exterior doors and garage doors every few months.  Take a nice day and give them a cleaning.


For care, cleaning and maintenance tips for your exterior doors head over here.


9. WASH YOUR DECK


Newly Cleaned Beautiful Deck

Grime and dirt can build up on your deck.  Take some time and give your deck some TLC.


 For vinyl decking check out the video below for cleaning tips. 


 Does your wood deck need a refresh?  Check out the video below on how to clean and re-stain a wood deck.