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The holidays are supposed to be fun and we want them to be safe.

I’ve compiled a holiday safety checklist to get you started and keep you and your family safe. I know most of the list is common sense, but look it over and at least use it as a reminder.

Christmas Trees:

· Always buy a fresh cut, healthy tree. You can check by looking and feeling. The tree must be green, the bark moist and green, and the needles should bend and not break when you bend them.

· Run your hand down a branch. If the tree is fresh, some needles will fall off but only a few.

· Tug on a few needles; they should be difficult to pull off from the branches.

· Bend a few branches; if they snap off or crack, the tree is too dry and won’t last.

· When you get the tree home, cut a few inches off the bottom of the trunk at an angle so the tree can absorb more water.

· Set the tree in a sturdy tree stand. Make sure the base or legs are sturdy to keep the tree stable so that it will not tip over, which can pose a danger to children and small pets.

· The stand should be able to hold a lot of water and the water should be checked and maintained. A six-foot tree requires approximately one-gallon of water every other day.

· Do not place the tree next to, or close to fireplaces, heaters, radiators, heat registers or candles.

· Never place the tree in front of a doorway or in the path of any exit source in case of an emergency.

· If you use, or are planning on buying an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. Don’t take the salesman word for it, check the label.

· Install a smoke/fire detector as well as an ABC fire extinguisher in the room with the tree.

· Ribbons and tinsel are a big temptation for small children, cats and dogs. It can wreak havoc in the pet’s intestines or stomach. Small children also love the shiny tinsel and bows on presents and need to be supervised or the tree needs to be barricaded with some type of gate or fencing for safety measures.

Holiday plants:

· Poinsettias are a common household Christmas plant, but toxic to children and pets. The sap from the leaves may cause vomiting and skin irritation. Avoid placing it where pets and children may reach it.

· Christmas Mistletoe is also a favorite to hang where people can kiss under it. Hanging it high up is best as the berries from this plant are highly toxic for children and pets. Remove the berries for the best safety precautions.


· Only use UL listed labeled lights and cords.

· Never use electrical lights on a metal tree.

· Before using any and all holiday lights, inspect all connections and cords. Look for cracked, brittle or frayed wiring or cords.

· Do not coil or tie extension cords when in use. They could overheat.

· Inspect all lights for broken or damaged sockets.

· Make sure the bulbs work and are not loose of missing.

· Never use indoor extension cords, outdoors.

· Never lay cords under carpets or across walks or steps.

· Outdoor light sets should be marked “waterproof”.

· Never shorten or splice light sets.

· Make sure all outside lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (G.F.C.I.) outlet.

· Do not overload electrical outlets. If you are trying to use dozens of light sets, plug them into different outlets on different circuits.

· Turn off, or better yet, unplug all tree lights and decorations when going to bed or leaving the house.


· Have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected to remove creosote.

· Never use a fireplace without a screen to protect against sparks and ashes.

· Never use gasoline or barbecue starter fluid to start a fire in a fireplace.

· Keep all combustibles including, gifts, paper, furniture and holiday stockings away the fireplace and mantle when using a fire.

· Install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in a room with a fireplace.

· Burn only clean, dry firewood.


· Never put lit candles in windows.

· Never put candles within reach of small children.

· Do not leave a room with candles burning.

· Do not use candles in children’s rooms or on Christmas trees.

Wishing You All a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

~ Technihouse Inspections, Inc. ~

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Whether you are a first time home buyer, or someone who has been around the block before, this message is for you. If you or someone you know tells you they are planning a purchase of a home in the near future, please tell them to get it inspected before the sale is finalized.

Even though Technihouse is an inspection company and we would love to have your business, we are also in the business of looking out for our clients. The house buying market has been a crazy one the last few years. People are tending to do just about anything to get that perfect house they want so badly, that they are even offering more money than the house is actually worth and/or waiving their house inspection rights just to get their offer accepted.

We have gotten many phone calls from people who did waive their home inspection and now, after moving in, they are finding a multitude of costly problems. Now they need help in determining all the things they never got the chance to be informed of by getting a pre-purchase home inspection. Even if the purchase of the house is being sold “as is”, an inspection will give you a clear understanding of the scope of work required.

Getting a home inspection before you buy is the most important thing you can do in safe guarding your purchase. Waiving that right puts not only your purchase, but also your savings account in jeopardy. This could possibly cost you money that you don’t have in correcting big ticket items like having to replace the roof, furnace, water heater or even having to have the basement waterproofed.

Our inspectors at Technihouse Inspections, Inc. are there for you. We inspect those “big ticket” items and inform you if they are working properly or nearing their useful lifespan.

As someone who has used Technihouse Inspections and has seen the value of our service, don’t let your friends or family make a mistake by not having an inspection.

It’s better to be safe now, than sorry later.

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~ Technihouse Tips ~

Here are some Fall tips of what you need to know, and do, to get things around your house ready for winter.

  • Visually look at your roof for overhanging tree limbs and cut them back within three feet of your roof. The weight of ice or snow could cause them to sag and damage the shingles

  • Check for any loose or missing shingles

  • Make sure the chimney screen is secure to keep out birds, squirrels and raccoons

  • Clean out all gutters and secure any that are loose and sagging

  • Install storm windows

  • Check and replace gas and oil in the snow blower

  • Replace the snow blowers spark plug

  • Grease the snow blowers auger

  • Spray a non-stick solution (such as Pam cooking spray) on the snow shovels to keep the snow from sticking

  • Turn off the water to exterior hose bibbs from inside your house

  • Disconnect all garden hoses from all hose bibbs

  • Drain all gas from the lawn mower

  • Close any crawl space vents

  • Have the lawn sprinkler system winterized

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