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Actress Debra Messing on Protecting Kids

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

9.2 million unwanted injuries happen to kids each year, so commit a minute to keeping your children safe this holiday season.  Prevent unwanted injuries with simple tasks such as making sure  batteries are stored in the smoke detector, night lights are in the hallway, and toys are stored away safely.

Actress Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) has partnered with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for their “Commit a Minute to Safety” campaign to increase safety awareness for families during the holiday season and year round. The actress shared, “It’s really amazing how just a few simple actions can make a big difference in helping to protect your home and family, especially at such a magical time of year when you want the holidays to be joyful.” 

Watch Debra Messing’s public service announcement about keeping kids safe and visit to learn the 100 things that can make your home safer.


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Change More Than Clocks for Daylight Savings Time

Friday, November 5th, 2010

ikea-analog-clockThis Sunday, November 7 is Daylight Savings Time, a perfect opportunity for parents to rewind clocks and also check if other household items need to be updated, upgraded, or changed.

Filtrete Vacuum Accessories, which produces micro allergen bags and filters, wants to help budget-conscious moms save money and time by reminding them to check the following:

Vacuum Accessories – Typically, a vacuum bag should be changed at least once a month.  Filters should be replaced every six months.  Replacing these parts regularly increases the vacuum’s suction power and cleaning performance. 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Smoke alarms expire after about 10 years or 87,000 hours of service.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacing batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year and checking alarms monthly using the “test” function.  “When properly maintained, a CO alarm has a life of approximately five years, after which time it should be replaced with a new unit,” says Deborah Hanson from First Alert.

Furnace Filters – If you are looking for a filter that can clean the air by removing microscopic particles, look for an electrostatically charged disposable filter.  The filter should be replaced every 60-90 days.

Kitchen SpongesWebMD cites that kitchen sponges are the number one source of germs in the house.  Moist micro-crevices make great homes for germs, so replace kitchen sponges once a week or at least twice a month.

ToothbrushesThe American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months or sooner if bristles begin to fray.  Toothbrushes can hold microorganisms that can cause oral and systemic infections.

Miscellaneous – Replace pillows, medication, makeup, hair brushes, and sunscreen on a regular basis.  Check product packaging for expiration dates and replacement guidelines.

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Don’t forget to change the clocks and make a clean sweep of your home!

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Keep a Germ-Free Home With Our New House-Cleaning Tool

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We know it’s hard to find time to clean the house, especially during the holidays. To make your life easier, we created the Healthy Home, an interactive room-by-room guide to help you efficiently clean your home during the cold and flu season. The tool goes over routine procedures like kitchen-cleaning (watch out for those sponges!) and shows you how to clean stuffed animals and other germ-hosting items. You’ll want to start cleaning immediately after you read the tips, trust us!

Do you have any home cleaning tips you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment!

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