Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
Home > Mom's Life > Managing Your Home > Home Improvements > Top 10 Home Maintenance Projects for Spring

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

Top 10 Home Maintenance Projects for Spring

10 of 11
Lightning

Do a Safety Check of Your Electrical System


Electricity use tends to go up in the summer, and power surges and lightning strikes can also be expected. Check out your system now to avoid problems, and learn best practices in conserving energy use.

Trip and reset the circuit breakers. Make sure that the lightbulbs in all of your lamps and fixtures don't exceed the recommended wattage, and consider putting CFLs in the lamps and fixtures you use the most. Check all electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs, and make sure that all outlets and switches are functioning properly. Call a licensed electrician to troubleshoot and repair any problems. If there are young children in the house, install safety covers on unused outlets. Make sure you have a fully charged multipurpose fire extinguisher handy, in case of an electrical fire. While you're at it, do a test of all smoke and CO2 detectors to make sure they're functioning properly. Replace batteries as needed.

If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages and/or lightning strikes, you may want to look into getting surge and lightning protection systems for your home.

Next: More popular galleries

August 30, 2014



Keep it hot (or cold)! No one likes cold soup or warm, wilted salad. Use a thermos or ice pack in your child's lunch box to help keep his lunch fresh until it's time to eat.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

11 Coolest Lunch Boxes for Kids
Send your child's lunch to school in style! Check out our picks for the 11 best lunch boxes with great features from BPA-free accessories to spill-resistant fabric.

7 Important Back-to-School Safety Tips
Follow these back-to-school safety tips to make sure your child stays safe on the way to school, in the classroom, and while on the playground.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!