Home & Garden

Use these do’s, don’ts to prevent fires

Heating equipment is the second-leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. Following these do’s and don’ts, however, can help protect your home and family: • Do have a qualified service professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating

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Upgrading your water heater will cut costs

The next time you find you have a too-old or already broken water heater, these tools and advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can help. Water heaters typically last about 10 years. If your water heater is older than that, you could avoid a potentially costly and complicated emergency replacement by taking action now.

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Mehlville Garden Club maintains Old Ordnance Room garden

Members of the Mehlville Garden Club are pictured at the Blue Star Memorial Garden in Jefferson Barracks Park. As an ongoing project, the club maintains the garden for visitors’ enjoyment, as well as the garden at Building 52 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital at Jefferson Barracks. The Mehlville Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the

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Small living spaces are big in home design

With the average American household at about 2.5 people, according to research by the Census Bureau, there’s an increased desire for downsizing. Many people — students, millennials, empty nesters and seniors — are now living in small apartments and tiny houses. In addition, in homes of any size, the lines between the kitchen and other

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Try these tips to prepare your home for fall

As the days get shorter with the children back in school, prepare for the cooler weather by getting organized and completing basic maintenance on your home. You’ll save money, time and space. Keep it moving After heavy summer use, clean out gunk from sliding glass door tracks. Then apply lubricant to prevent sticking and squeaking.

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Soundproof your home to cancel out noise

Your home is meant to be a retreat from the world — quiet and relaxing. However, that peaceful setting can quickly turn to chaos when unwanted noise enters the picture. The good news is that you can do several things to prevent unwanted sounds from interrupting your activities, whether you’re resting, working or enjoying some

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Non-bee pollinators as valuable as bees

Bees are synonymous with pollination — and for good reason. Their size, shape and physical characteristics — fuzzy bodies that so effectively collect and transport pollen — make them efficient foragers. Additionally, they are conditioned to collect ample pollen to take back to their brood, a behavior that has helped reinforce their reputation as “busy

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Exercise safety with your power equipment

Spring is here and homeowners are eager to get out their lawn mowers and start planting, trimming and sprucing. “We know everyone is eager to get outside and start working in their yards. But remember to keep safety in mind,” according to Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, or OPEI,

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