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Video: Bathroom and Bedroom Safety for Seniors

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips about “aging in place” with in-home care. One of the aspects mentioned was creating a safe and accessible living environment that minimizes the risk of injury. To learn more about what this entails, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Debbie Allen of Marin Convalescent & Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Video: How to Jumpstart Your Car

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on what to do in a vehicle emergency. One tip in particular talked about correct and safe procedure for jumpstarting a car with a dead battery. For a full demonstration on how to properly jumpstart a car, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Snehal Shah of Auto Techies.

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5 Considerations for Buying Your Child Glasses

When purchasing glasses for a child, it’s important to consider both the product and the process. Photo: Site for Sore Eyes - Napa (2016)

When purchasing glasses for a child, it’s important to consider both the product and the process. Photo: Site for Sore Eyes – Napa (2016)

With Harry Mankabadi, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin, and Sheryl Duerksen, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Napa

Shopping for eyewear is difficult enough for adults, but when it’s for kids, there are additional factors that further complicate matters. For example, besides selecting the product itself, parents must also be intentional about the process of choosing glasses for their children. To more closely focus on this topic, we’ve asked two Diamond Certified opticians to discuss some important considerations.

1. Educate your child. First and foremost, before you set foot in an eyewear store, take some time to talk to your child and explain why they need glasses. Depending on their stage of development, they may have difficulty comprehending the situation, so do your best to communicate at an age-appropriate level. Once at the store, your optician can provide further assistance in educating your child. “It’s important for children to understand why they’re getting glasses,” affirms Harry Mankabadi, manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin. “In addition to verbally explaining things to them, an optician can show them some sample glasses to demonstrate how it sharpens their vision.” Continue reading “5 Considerations for Buying Your Child Glasses” »

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Away for the Holidays

Even if you’re planning to be away for the holidays, there are still plenty of safety-related aspects to address in your absence. Photo: Jennifer Chan (2015)

Even if you’re planning to be away for the holidays, there are still plenty of safety-related aspects to address in your absence. Photo: Jennifer Chan (2015)

In last week’s installment, we addressed important aspects of home safety during the holiday season. In part two, we talk about home safety again—this time for while you’re away. After all, even though you’re out of town, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong in your absence. Here are some important things to consider:

Keep burglars at bay. Everyone knows the holidays are the most profitable time of year for retailers, but many forget it’s also peak season for burglars. So, if you’re planning to do any traveling, you should take proactive measures to protect your home while you’re gone. Continue reading “Away for the Holidays” »

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Flash Flooding: Stay Safe

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Please stay safe in the event of a flash flood. Photo: American Ratings Corporation, 2015

We’re grateful that El Niño conditions are finally beginning to arrive in the Bay Area. However, you should be aware that when rain meets drought-hardened earth, the likelihood of flash flooding increases exponentially. Being informed is the best way to stay safe this rainy season. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), most flash floods happen as a result of heavy localized rainfall. These floods can become raging torrents of fast-moving water that rip through river beds, city streets and valleys, sweeping everything with them. Continue reading “Flash Flooding: Stay Safe” »

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Home for the Holidays

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

While it’s fun to decorate and prepare for family gatherings and other festivities, one thing that’s easily forgotten amid the holiday hubbub is safety. In part one of our holiday blog series, we touch on a few seasonal safety essentials for your home and family.

Don’t take electrical safety lightly. As you prepare to transform your home into a quadrangular beacon of illumination for the entirety of December, make sure you take proactive steps to ensure electrical safety. Before hanging your holiday lights, inspect each strand and dispose of any that appear damaged or have lost their UL listing. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips

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Considering the complex nature of heating and cooling systems, it’s beneficial to know some maintenance basics. Photo: Innovative Mechanical, Inc. (2015)

Temperature regulation and air quality are key concerns in any indoor environment, which is why, in addition to keeping your home’s heating and cooling systems functional, you’ll want them working as efficiently as possible. We’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their tips on basic HVAC maintenance and troubleshooting.

1. Know the location of your furnace filter: Kim Haddon of Haddon Heating & Cooling
While routine furnace filter replacement is often neglected, for some, the problem starts with locating the filter in the first place. If you don’t know where your furnace filter is, there are a few common places to check, including the furnace blower compartment, an external compartment of the furnace, or a return air grill in either the ceiling or a nearby wall. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Household Poisons

Watch this video to learn how you can avoid exposing your children to common household poisons, as well as what to do in case of an emergency.

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The Worst Unlicensed Contractors in California

Picture a previously convicted unlicensed contractor who pled guilty to six felony charges, including elder abuse, grand theft and diversion of construction funds. Does this sound like someone you’d want to hire to work on your home? Of course not…but the man described above currently has an active arrest warrant for failure to appear in court, which means he’s still at large and could potentially prey on vulnerable, unsuspecting homeowners. Continue reading “The Worst Unlicensed Contractors in California” »

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Time to Check Your Dryer Vent

Every time I use my dryer, I clean out the lint screen. Unfortunately, not all the lint is captured there. According to Doug Francone, owner and President of Ductz of Walnut Creek and The Tri-Valley, some lint slips into the duct that’s used to move the hot, moist air from the dryer to the outside. Over time, that lint can build up and cause problems.

Your dryer has to work a little harder when its venting line gets clogged—it might take two hours to dry a load that used to take 45 minutes. Besides wasting energy, clogged venting lines wear out dryers sooner. On a more serious note, they’re also a leading cause of home fires. If you aren’t sure how to clean the vent, get a professional to do it—they’ll use special brushes and high-pressure air lines to push or pull all the lint out.

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