Fire in homes can happen to anyone, anytime that’s why it is highly advised that we take preventative and protective measures in order to ensure the safety of our loved ones. According to research, approximately 50% of deaths caused by home fires happen in houses that don’t have smoke alarms.
In every household it is recommended to install at least one smoke detector or alarm in every level of the house in order to increase the safety of everyone. This device can save our lives and minimize injuries and damages by alerting us right away once it senses smoke. It is of great help especially when a fire accident happens at night when everyone is asleep.
However, for families who have children in need of special care, this can be quite difficult. As a parent, you need to device a plan that would address your child’s specific needs in case of a fire emergency. Here are tips to follow in order to ensure the safety of your kids with disabilities.
1. Install fire alarms and extinguishers
It is already a known fact that every homeowner is required to have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers installed in their homes. Doing so reduces the risk of serious fire damage. For those who want to ensure optimum safety at home, it is recommended that you install extinguishers in every level of your house and place alarms in your kitchen, inside every bedroom and outside the rooms as well. For maximum safety, make sure that they are properly installed by a reputable licensed electrician.
2. Keep away all flame producing materials
Any kid has the tendency to tinker with all sorts of objects they see. To minimize the risk of fire, make sure to keep every flammable objects out of their reach especially flame producing items such as lighter, match and stove. As much as possible, prohibit them from playing in the kitchen where most fire producing devices and materials are located.
3. Create an escape plan and educate them on what to do
Children with impairments especially those who have cognitive disorders need to be educated thoroughly on what to do in case a fire happens. Prepare an escape plan ahead of time to make it easier for everyone to get out of the house once your smoke alarms begin to buzz. If you have a kid with cognitive disorder, you can take photos or draw the plan for him/her so he/she will be able to understand and remember all the necessary details. If you have a visually impaired or hearing impaired child, you can practice home fire drills with them so they may be able to remember the step by step procedure of the escape plan.
4. Install the right alarm that is best tailored to their needs
You have to take into account the individual and specific needs of your children. If you have kids with visual and hearing impairments, a strobe lights smoke alarm is your best option. This kind of alarm flashes a bright light and creates a really loud noise that warns and alerts them. You may install a bed shaking device as well that you can connect with the alarm so that you can be assured your kid awakens from his/her sleep during a late night emergency. If you have a child with cognitive impairment who does not respond well to the sound of a regular alarm, consider using a voice recordable one where you can record your voice to warn and tell him/her to leave the room as soon as soon as possible.
5. Ensure alarms are in good working condition
You have to make sure that your alarms are still working. Test them at least once a month. To test the alarm, push it and hold for a few seconds or minutes. You will hear an ear-piercing sound after a few seconds of pressing the button. If it creates a weak sound or makes no sound at all, replace the batteries right away. Also, consider replacing the batteries at least every year.
6. Inform the local fire department
Talk with your local fire department regarding your kids’ special needs so they may be aware of it. This information will also be made available to first responders if an emergency happens.
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Bamboo Flooring offers a unique look to the entire house and the flooring material is manufactured from the bamboo plant. The bamboo flooring usually can be classified as engineered planks and solid-bamboo planks. While the engineered is usually installed using the floating-floor method, the solid bamboo planks are installed similar to traditional hardwood flooring. Both engineered planks and solid planks come prefinished.
However, the grain types that are used in bamboo flooring can be of three types such as:
Bamboo is a great option for floors. It is a gorgeous, yet simple and comparatively less expensive than other hardwood varieties. It comes in unique styles, textures, and colors and so for a cost-effective surface for the dream house one can choose bamboo.
Listed below are some of the Benefits of Bamboo Floors:
Although Bamboo has been there for many years but its usefulness as a flooring material has not been known widely. But now, across the world people have started to accept the popularity of this flooring option. As an alternative to other flooring types’ one will never get upset when using bamboo flooring. Not only does it give overall, but it is also budget-friendly, very hard-wearing, and can withstand the test of time. The immense benefits of bamboo floor have made it one of the most highly appealing flooring options.
Tips to maintain Bamboo Flooring:
In order to experience the beauty and the uniqueness of the bamboo floor, the following tips must be followed:
By following these simple maintenance steps, one can definitely enjoy a cozy and a fabulous interior with bamboo flooring option.
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Here's a Snapshot of almost every moment of my day.
7ish: Wake up, groggily...
7:30am - Everyone heads off to School and Work. The kids get free breakfast at school & I packed a breakfast and a coffee for Randy.
I usually make a fried egg sandwich on toasted bread, mayo and sometimes a slice of cheddar cheese. Other days it's a bowl of cereal.
The only accommodations I use in the kitchen are bright lighting & contrasting color cutting boards. For more ideas check out my Youtube video.
9am - Time for my first dose of Anti-Rejection Meds for my Kidney
I use Windows built-in Magnifier to enlarge the screen as well as a Large inverted Mouse pointer for working on the computer.
I love listening to music. Pandora or my playlist is usually playing while I'm working on the laptop.
I can tell that the music is good & the voice is good, but don't have speech recognition to understand the lyrics. Sometimes I memorize the lyrics to my favorite ones and I use Musixmatch for displaying lyrics for songs on my playlist.
Sometimes I bake treats and desserts. Check out this recipe for Carrot Cake Cookies.
Some days I have an online Sign Language session to do. Check out SignOn CPR.
(Next week I start training for a new part-time job as a Bank Teller. So my hours will change and be working afternoons and early evenings.)
4pm - 8pm Depends on the day of the week and what extra-curricular activity they're doing that night. Twice a week the kids have Marching Band practice so dinner doesn't happen til 8pm. Other nights the kids come home around 4pm. I start dinner to be ready around 5:30. Randy comes home around 5pm, if he's not teaching a night class. If he's teaching a night class, he's not home until 8.
I sit about 3 feet away from the TV (off to the side so I don't block anyone else)
Late night I head to the bedroom with my iPad and decompress. I listen to music and read Kindle, watch Netflix, or goof off on Social Media (with music playing of course).
I was given a Ditto to test out. It's a tiny alert system that you can clip onto your clothes or wear with the wristband. It connects by bluetooth to your iPhone or Android phone and it alerts you to whatever you set it up for.
Get vibration alerts to calls, texts, alarms, App notifications, and it'll even tell you if you've left the house without your phone.
This would be an excellent product for the Deaf and Deafblind!
There are products out there that will flash a light when your phone goes off, but we Deaf and Deafblind know we aren't always present to see it go off.
Sure we could have our phones with us and feel it's own vibration alert, but there are times we can't:
Ditto can be clipped on to your clothes or wear on our wrist with the included wristband. It sure gives peace of mind when you don't have to constantly check your phone for an important text or email.
Showering or Swimming
Ditto is waterproof for swimming (but not diving). So you can wear it while showering, swimming, doing the dishes, etc. A bonus over your regular phone alert!
Wearing a ditto to bed is much more effective than keeping your phone under your pillow or near you, We all know that you'll have to be right on top of the phone to feel it, and there's also instances of knocking the phone out of the bed too.
If you travel and stay in hotels as a Deaf or Deafblind person, you know there's not always ADA equipment available at each hotel/motel you stay at. Also packing your own equipment can be a little cumbersome (and pricey). Having a tiny ditto to help with airport text alerts, hotel text alerts (some hotels will text you updates about your room, urgent alerts, events, etc.) as well as your phone's wake-up alarm, is so simple.
How it Works
The only drawbacks I found with the Ditto are:
All in all the Ditto is a great little gadget to help alert me to texts, emails and App alerts without having to check my phone every 10 minutes.
Do you sometimes feel trapped in your own home? As if the walls are closing in and engulfing you in entirety? Yes, the sensation is quite common in smaller and darker homes and apartments which lack natural light sources.
Not only can this create a gloomy ambiance in your household, but lack of sunlight can actually have negative consequences for your overall health. This being said, implementing more light into your home should be an essential move, and fortunately there are various ways to open your home to natural sunlight and include some shine into your life.
These few easy tips will help you create a bright environment in your household:
Open Up the Space
If you’re looking to make your living space brighter, but at the same time maintain the elegant style of your interior, the best solution is to opt for an open-house plan. This design concept allows you to broaden up your living area and make more room for natural light.
This can easily be done by widening the doorways or even tearing down a few walls around the house. Of course, if you’re not willing to go to these lengths, you can always rely on the good old minimalistic design, which gives your home a spacious, bright and clutter-free area with no excessive objects to add shadow or weight to the space.
Opt for Glass Doors
Another good idea to implement more light to the space is to replace your heavy doors with glass doors. This will help you achieve a more welcoming ambiance, as well as give your home that mid-century modern feel. You can also decide to put French doors in place of your interior solid doors, or perhaps even create colorful glass mosaics so you’d immerse the area in bright and vivid hues.
One of the best ways to give your household a proper dose of illumination is to install skylights on the roof of your home. The concept of open skylights dates back to ancient Roman architecture, but it has also found its purpose in residential homes and buildings in the last couple of years.
This is a great way to allow direct sunlight into your home, as well as create a visual connection to the outdoor environment. Different skylight types also come in forms of TDDS (Tubular Daylighting Devices) which dazzle the area with a soft glow.
Install More Windows
The easiest as well as the most effective way to brighten up your home is to add more windows. Depending on how much bright you wish to go, you can opt for bigger or smaller sized windows. A pair of double hung windows in a larger room is enough to let the sunshine in, while you can always opt for ceiling to floor windows if you prefer some additional brightness.
Of course, the size isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing the windows. What colour you’re going to choose is another important aspect, as you don’t want your windows to get lost in the shadows of their frames. The best solution is to choose soft, gentle tones for the frames, or add blinds and curtains in bright hues. You can get a decent discount on blinds if looking for them online.
The oldest trick in the book has been used for years in interior design and still remains as one of the most popular techniques for achieving some more spacious and bright surroundings. Because of their reflective purposes, adding mirrors to the space helps create an optical illusion of a much broader area. For the same reason, mirrors tend to reflect light, so using this method will overwhelm the area with soft rays of sunlight at any given moment.
Is there a better way to start your day then emerging yourself in a warm, sunlight bathe? Giving your home a brighter approach is a great way to create a more aesthetically pleasing ambience, that’ll have not only decorative purposes, but also serve as a handy tool for minimizing your utility bills, as well as the negative impact on both your health and the surroundings.
Hydronic heating is the technology of moving heat with water. This technology has been in use since many years by magnificent people of American homes that mostly have oil or gas fired boiler as the resource for hydronic heating. A good hydronic design is capable of holding together through thermal effect, which is a renewable source of energy.
How does the modern hydronic technology work?
Modern hydronic technology enables heat that can be delivered precisely as to where the heat is required. Hundreds of system configurations are possible that are capable of meeting the comfort requirements of the owner. It is very easy to install the water pipes under wooden floors, which makes it easier to transport the water in a channelized system and distribute uniform heat all throughout your rooms.
You can control the room temperature with a remote control after you install the hydronic heating system:
Hydronic heating systems can also produce or configure a wireless control system that can communicate with your smart phone or anywhere. You can also control or set your configuration accordingly to adjust your home’s temperature even when you travel, as hydronic heating systems can comply and work with all latest technologies. And boilers also have advanced programming that includes accessories as well and can optimize your operation and minimize your heating bill. And one such aspect of it is the outdoor reset that can adjust the boiler temperature and heat your home to the temperature outside.
And this technological advancement can make sure that the system is delivering the right amount of heat to match the amount of heat that is lost out of the walls and roof. So an even amount of heat is felt that levels off if room temperature swings. This ensures a great ambiance for heating up the interiors of your room, and a hydronic heating system also allows you to have reduced amount of electricity bills.
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