February is a GOOD TIME to do Some HOME MAINTENANCE

So there is still snow on the ground and not much yard work that can be done. No cutting the grass, no adding wood chips to the gardens and trees, no watering the flowers, etc. So what do you do? Let’s go INSIDE and check out some much needed areas in your home that need TLC.

What to check:

1)SMOKE DETECTORS / CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR - there are test buttons on smoke detectors and most CM detectors. To make sure they work press the button to see if it works. No sound, replace the batteries. Replaced the batteries and still no sound? Replace the smoke detector.

2)RANGE HOOD FILERS - A dirty range hood filter will reduce the effectiveness of the range hood. This can INCREASE energy costs and also INCREASE the risk of grease fires. Most range hood filters, if not too dirty can be added to your normal dishwasher load. For really dirty filters you might have to try soaking the filter in grease cutter overnight and then pop it in the dishwasher.

3)FIRE EXTINGUISGERS – O.K., are you still in the kitchen? Check in the closet or under the sink and tell us if there is a fire extinguisher there? YES? Then let’s check it out. FIRST, let’s check to see if you have the CORRECT fire extinguisher for a grease / kitchen fire.

The older labelling system uses simple icons with an A, B or C designation to show which class or classes of fire it is safe to use a given extinguisher to fight.


The newer labelling system uses standard pictorial symbols which show the class or classes of fire for which the extinguisher is suited. The symbols identify the type of fire the extinguisher can be used for.


Class B Extinguishers should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as kitchen grease, gasoline, kerosene, paint, oil, etc. Kitchen grease fires should never be extinguished by water.

Check to ensure your extinguisher is at the recommended operating pressure, indicated by the needle in the green zone on extinguishers equipped with a gauge. Have the extinguisher recharged if the needle is not in the green zone of the gauge.

The Toronto City Fire Department has some great additional information on proper use and safety for extinguishing fires. Here is the link for some great tips:



All in all these 3 quick maintenance tips took about 15-25 minutes but will go a far way to helping reduce energy costs, minimize the risk of home damage in the future, adn increase the safety at and around the home.




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Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

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