Thursday, 28 October 2021
Pumpkins, Falling Leaves and Fire?!
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We are swiftly moving through October and this is a good time for the reminder that October is Fire Prevention Month.  If you haven’t done so this calendar year, test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if you have them.  If you have older models, test and change the batteries.  Many newer models are hard-wired into your home’s electric panel and have a back-up battery to change.  Other newer (non-hardwired models) have built-in batteries that can’t be changed.  They start beeping after a certain pre-determined time period which signals that you need to replace the whole unit.  Check the condition and location of any fire extinguishers and fire blankets if you have them.  These are great items to have in your home in the event of a small fires.  Generally, smaller fire extinguishers are only good for one use and have a small gauge that will indicate its condition.  A fire blanket should be maintained and replaced according to manufacturer instructions.  Please keep in mind that although fire extinguishers and fire blankets are helpful to contain a small fire quickly, they are no match for a larger fire and should not be a replacement for evacuating the space and calling the fire department if necessary! 

Based on research, the largest cause of home fires is unattended cooking!  There are many fall activities planned over the next few weeks that will celebrate family, football games and Halloween.  These events will be inside or outside of your home and most likely involve at least a stove or grill and possibly a fireplace, fire pit, or even a bonfire!  With a few simple precautions you can be sure your gathering is fun and safe for everyone.

If you will be cooking outside, prep your cooking area and remove any loose debris that could blow around and cause sparks if accidently ignited.  Consider setting up a food service area a safe distance away from the cooking area so guests don’t need to be crowded into your cooking space with open flames.  When cooking indoors, counters can get crowded quickly.  Make sure pot holders, kitchen towels and other flammable items are stored away from the stove and oven.  It is easy to get distracted from your chef duties catching up with guests as they arrive so set timers that keep beeping until you turn them off to help you closely monitor any items on the stove or in the oven and plan for children to be supervised and occupied far away from cooking areas if they are in attendance.  

With just a little advanced planning for safety, you can relax and enjoy the many fun events this season brings for you and your family.

......"You've Got A  Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brenview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 10/28/2021 3:44 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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Friday, 15 October 2021
Are you ready to light up the night?
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The days are growing shorter and with more darkness comes the need for more lights, both inside and outside your home.  You will probably notice a burned out light bulb much faster inside your home than one in an outside fixture especially as we are all spending less time outside in the evenings.  Before it gets too cold, take a walk around the outside of your home at dusk or dawn when all the exterior lights are visible and take note of any bulbs that need to be replaced.  Burned out bulbs are not just bad for curb appeal but could also be a safety issue.

Sometimes broken bulbs are not replaced because they are overlooked or can’t be easily reached but sometimes it just seems like a hassle to figure out what type of bulb you actually need so you never replace a bad bulb!  Newer more efficient or designer light fixtures and the types of replacement bulbs have become quite specialized.  Gone are the days of simply keeping a box of 60-watt bulbs on hand that were universal for most light fixtures!  

If you’ve been to the light bulb section of a home improvement store or shopped online you know there is a wide variety of bulbs now available.  Incandescent, LED, fluorescent, halogen and smart bulbs are just a few types available for purchase.  There are also a variety of base sizes, colors or “temperatures”, dimmable and 3-way options within each category. 

The best option when choosing a new fixture is to read the fixture’s description carefully before purchase.  Some fixtures now have integrated LED bulbs that are hard-wired and can’t be replaced or at least not easily, which means you can’t just change the color of light or increase or decrease the wattage if your needs change.

If you need to replace the bulb in a current fixture, take the current bulb with you if possible and compare shape, base size, wattage and other information such as the K-value on the bulb to make sure you get a match.  Bulbs labeled as “soft white” tend to be more yellow in color and “daylight” tends to mean it is bright white.  We’ve all probably had the experience of purchasing a replacement bulb only to install it and realize the color of light doesn’t match that of other fixtures in the same area.  Many home improvement stores now have displays where you can test different bulb options to be sure you select the correct bulb, minimizing the chance you have to return it.  So, as the season changes make sure your lights are ready to shine!  .....  "You've Got  A Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 10/15/2021 10:32 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Friday, 15 October 2021
Are you ready to light up the night?
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The days are growing shorter and with more darkness comes the need for more lights, both inside and outside your home.  You will probably notice a burned out light bulb much faster inside your home than one in an outside fixture especially as we are all spending less time outside in the evenings.  Before it gets too cold, take a walk around the outside of your home at dusk or dawn when all the exterior lights are visible and take note of any bulbs that need to be replaced.  Burned out bulbs are not just bad for curb appeal but could also be a safety issue.

Sometimes broken bulbs are not replaced because they are overlooked or can’t be easily reached but sometimes it just seems like a hassle to figure out what type of bulb you actually need so you never replace a bad bulb!  Newer more efficient or designer light fixtures and the types of replacement bulbs have become quite specialized.  Gone are the days of simply keeping a box of 60-watt bulbs on hand that were universal for most light fixtures!  

If you’ve been to the light bulb section of a home improvement store or shopped online you know there is a wide variety of bulbs now available.  Incandescent, LED, fluorescent, halogen and smart bulbs are just a few types available for purchase.  There are also a variety of base sizes, colors or “temperatures”, dimmable and 3-way options within each category. 

The best option when choosing a new fixture is to read the fixture’s description carefully before purchase.  Some fixtures now have integrated LED bulbs that are hard-wired and can’t be replaced or at least not easily, which means you can’t just change the color of light or increase or decrease the wattage if your needs change.

If you need to replace the bulb in a current fixture, take the current bulb with you if possible and compare shape, base size, wattage and other information such as the K-value on the bulb to make sure you get a match.  Bulbs labeled as “soft white” tend to be more yellow in color and “daylight” tends to mean it is bright white.  We’ve all probably had the experience of purchasing a replacement bulb only to install it and realize the color of light doesn’t match that of other fixtures in the same area.  Many home improvement stores now have displays where you can test different bulb options to be sure you select the correct bulb, minimizing the chance you have to return it.  So, as the season changes make sure your lights are ready to shine!

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Posted on 10/15/2021 10:32 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Thursday, 7 October 2021
Are you ready to light up the night?
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The days are growing shorter and with more darkness comes the need for more lights, both inside and outside your home.  You will probably notice a burned out light bulb much faster inside your home than one in an outside fixture especially as we are all spending less time outside in the evenings.  Before it gets too cold, take a walk around the outside of your home at dusk or dawn when all the exterior lights are visible and take note of any bulbs that need to be replaced.  Burned out bulbs are not just bad for curb appeal but could also be a safety issue.

Sometimes broken bulbs are not replaced because they are overlooked or can’t be easily reached but sometimes it just seems like a hassle to figure out what type of bulb you actually need so you never replace a bad bulb!  Newer more efficient or designer light fixtures and the types of replacement bulbs have become quite specialized.  Gone are the days of simply keeping a box of 60-watt bulbs on hand that were universal for most light fixtures!  

If you’ve been to the light bulb section of a home improvement store or shopped online you know there is a wide variety of bulbs now available.  Incandescent, LED, fluorescent, halogen and smart bulbs are just a few types available for purchase.  There are also a variety of base sizes, colors or “temperatures”, dimmable and 3-way options within each category. 

The best option when choosing a new fixture is to read the fixture’s description carefully before purchase.  Some fixtures now have integrated LED bulbs that are hard-wired and can’t be replaced or at least not easily, which means you can’t just change the color of light or increase or decrease the wattage if your needs change.

If you need to replace the bulb in a current fixture, take the current bulb with you if possible and compare shape, base size, wattage and other information such as the K-value on the bulb to make sure you get a match.  Bulbs labeled as “soft white” tend to be more yellow in color and “daylight” tends to mean it is bright white.  We’ve all probably had the experience of purchasing a replacement bulb only to install it and realize the color of light doesn’t match that of other fixtures in the same area.  Many home improvement stores now have displays where you can test different bulb options to be sure you select the correct bulb, minimizing the chance you have to return it.  So, as the season changes make sure your lights are ready to shine!... "You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"...

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 10/07/2021 10:01 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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