Most of us use mulch without a second thought. Landscapers use it, and recommend it, because it’s an inexpensive and easy way to spruce up your home’s exterior. While most mulch is safe when used properly, it’s important to remember that certain mulches are highly flammable. A few months ago, I saw a local fire. I heard it was a mulch fire and didn’t think too much of it. Two weeks ago, I drove past another mulch fire and needed to look into their commonality. Turns out, I should have been paying more attention all along. Thousands of mulch fires occur across the United States every year. Here are five tips for maintaining your mulch to avoid a fire: Regularly Water Your Mulch. Moist mulch is less likely to catch fire. Organic mulches require particular care since their flammability rises significantly once they … Continued
Really, if you can avoid driving when black ice is likely, avoid it. But, if you must hit the road, you’ll find the information below helpful. 1. Black ice isn’t actually black – it’s clear. It appears black because it has no air pockets, which renders it totally invisible on top of pavement. 2. Black ice typically forms in the early morning or late evening. That is when the road is the coldest. The only way to notice it (unless you have Tiger Wood’s vision) is if you see cars swerving for no apparent reason. 3. If you hit a skid over black ice, keep the steering wheel straight and don’t hit your brakes. Get your foot off the accelerator to reduce your speed. And whatever you do, stay calm. 4. If you hit a skid (or if you manage to … Continued
1. Consider purchasing a generator. We ALL remember the horrendous blizzards last year – horrific. Especially if you do not have a fireplace or anything that produces heat, a power outage due to snow can be a real nightmare. 2. Clean out your gutters, disconnect hoses and outside water valves. An annoying task, but necessary if you’d like to lower your risk for any kind of ice dam or water damage to your home. 3. Make sure your furniture keeps heating vents open. Sometimes a room can feel cold just because heat can’t pass through. So move your couch and be cautious that the heat can get out of the vent. 4. Don’t be a hero. If you run out of milk in the middle of a storm or a bad freeze, consider dry cereal. Seriously. But if you MUST drive in treacherous conditions, be sure to have … Continued
Flying out on the actual holiday. This can save you a lot of cash simply because most consumers will do their best to AVOID this option. Pack like a champ. One way to pack a ton of clothes in your carry-on is to roll them very carefully. This is a good way to avoid wrinkling your clothes. Rolling your outfits is an art form though – so this tip requires practice. Consider driving to your destination rather than fly (if you have the patience to do this is an entirely separate issue.) Buy your tickets absurdly ahead of time. Early birds save a lot of cash this way – booking months out for holiday travel can save you oodles. Buy your tickets absurdly last-minute. Last-minute-Charlies also save a lot of cash – sometimes hundreds of dollars when booking travel at the … Continued
This is a lottery you could actually win. The registry has released a list of plates expected to be available for the 2013 Plate Lottery. To enter the lottery, fill out the 2013 Plate Lottery Entry Form and mail it to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Attn: Lottery Plates, P.O. Box 55889, Boston, MA 02205-5889. This should be done no later than August 12, 2013.