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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Reducing Portable Generator Risks

May 5, 2015 12:24 am

(Family Features) From weather-related power outages to camping or tailgating, portable generators work overtime in warmer months to provide a flexible means of electricity. When power fails, they provide reassuring light to a storm-darkened house, restore operation to power necessary equipment and allow you to operate climate control devices such as fans and space heaters.

However, portable generators are not free of risks – the greatest of which is carbon monoxide, according to the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA). The engine exhaust from these devices contains this gas, which you cannot see, taste or smell and can have fatal consequences for people and animals that are exposed to excess levels. Remember to:
  • Never run a portable generator indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces like garages, porches, breezeways or tents, even if using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Carbon monoxide can build up and linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
  • Always place a portable generator downwind and point the engine exhaust away from occupied spaces, such as a campsite or tailgate area.
  • Get to fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention if you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using your portable generator.
  • Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always refer to the generator owner's manual for further information about safe operation and potential hazards.
By learning how to properly operate your portable generator, you and your family can safely avoid the inconvenience of power outages and enjoy hours of fun this summer and beyond.

Source: PGMA

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Kitchen, Bath Remodels Top Homeowner Wish Lists

May 5, 2015 12:24 am

Kitchen and bathroom remodels remain the most popular projects for homeowners, according to a recently released National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey. Why remodel? Survey respondents reported homeowners are motivated to remodel in order to upgrade to newer, better features at home.

“As the country’s financial footing improves, clients are better able to realize their home design dreams,” says NAHB Remodelers Chairman Robert Criner. “While remodels prompted by repairs remain common, homeowners have more discretionary funds available for upgrades, so better style, comfort and safety motivate more home improvement projects.”



Both kitchen and bath remodels have increased since 2013, rebounding strongly from historic lows in 2010. Projects during this period ran the gamut of home improvements, ranging from simple upgrades like window and door replacements to complex plans for whole home remodels and basement transformations.

After kitchens and baths, the most popular remodeling projects were window and door replacements, whole house remodels, room additions, property damage repairs and handyman services.

Source: NAHB

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