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July 4th Celebrations in the Greater Seattle Area

By: Rebecca Darley, AMS Inspection:  Home Inspections in Seattle and surrounding areas.

Seattle:  Family Fourth at Lake Union

July 4: Gas Works Park.  Games 12-8 p.m. Food vendors, beer garden, personal picnics OK, no BBQ or alcohol allowed. Fireworks at dusk. (

Bellevue Family 4th

July 4: Celebration with live music, kids activities and food 4-10:30 p.m. Fireworks at 10:05 p.m. Bellevue Downtown Park (

Kirkland:  Celebrate Kirkland

July 4:  Kid parade, hat making and face painting at 10 a.m.  Main parade at 12 p.m.  Food vendors 1-5 p.m..  Bouncy Toys 2 p.m.  Heritage Park live music in the evening.  Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Marina Park (

Sammamish:  4th on the Plateau

July 4: Live music, food, playground.  Fireworks at 10:15 p.m.  Sammamish Commons Park (

Carnation: Fourth of July

July 4: Craft vendors, Hot Rods and Harleys, 5K Run/Walk, music, food, pony rides and bouncy toys.  Kid Parade at 10:30 a.m.  Grand parade 11 a.m.  Fireworks at dusk..  Tolt Commons Park (

Renton: Fabulous 4th of July

July 4:  Free kids activities, food vendors, face painting, 12-8 p.m. Stage entertainment 1:30-9:30 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park (

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth

July 4:  Fun run at 10 a.m.  Children’s parade at 11:30 a.m. and main parade at 12 p.m.  Firefighter waterball competition at 3 p.m.  Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.  Fireworks at 10 p.m. Civic Stadium (

Bothell Freedom Festival

July 4:  Free pancake breakfast at 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Kids parade at 11:15 a.m. Main parade at 12 p.m. (

Everett’s Colors of Freedom

July 4: Parade at 11 a.m.  Kids activities, food fair, live music and fireworks over Port Gardner Bay, 1-11 p.m.. Legion Memorial Park (

For a more complete list Puget Sound July 4th Celebrations read the Seattle Times article that was sourced.

Home For the Holidays: Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day receives the most reports for home-cooking fires, which is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  I compiled a list of reminders to make sure your family has a safe and fun holiday.

Watch the stove.  Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires.  Turn off appliances when no one is in the kitchen and set loud timers.

Stay alert! Medicine, sleep depravation and alcohol consumption can all make you drowsy and less able to concentrate on safety.

Remain tidy.  Keep oven mitts, potholders, utensils, food packaging, bags, towels, etc. away from your stovetop and ovens.

Keep a lid on it.  Use a lid to smother small grease fires.  Never use water.

No Falls!  Shovel and de-ice the driveway and walkways to make sure your guests don’t slip on their way into your house.  Shovel out additional areas for parking so your guests aren’t blocking roads.

Don’t overload circuits!  With crock pots, blenders and all the small appliances needed to make the feast you can easily overload the breaker.  Only plug in 2 appliances at a time into a standard duplex outlet.  Using an extension cord to multiple usage will increase the risk of overload.

Know where your fire extinguisher is located.

From our home to yours…Happy Holidays!

Buggin’ Out

Termites are pesky little critters.  They eat dead plant material including wood which makes them a threat to any home.  Termites can be a huge problem in certain geographic areas.  Termites love tropical and temperate zones.  Cold weather keeps them away from extreme northern and southern latitudes. Different types of termites are found on every continent except Antarctica.  In the U.S. dry wood termites are only found in the southern states from Virginia to California.  In Washington we share the problem of damp wood termites with coastal California, Oregon and Florida.  So, what’s the problem with these guys?  They can destroy wood components of a home.  If not treated termites can turn a strong support beam into a fragile twig.  But have no fear, if you live in an area of termite threat you can hire pest inspectors to treat your property so termites will not be able to thrive in your living space.  Other wood-destroying organisms to be aware of are:  powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, anobiids, lyctids, bostrichids, shipworms, wood-boring wasps, borers and orchard mason bees.  At AMS, we include a structural pest inspection in every home inspection because wood destroying organisms can be found in Seattle, Wenatchee, Bellevue, Issaquah or even hot and dry Yakima.

The Ferry: My Weekend Office

Weekends are always very busy for home inspectors.  Buyers like to be present for their inspections (and we like that too!), so usually that means we work Saturday and Sunday.  I had a really busy weekend and was driving all over the Puget Sound area from Port Orchard to Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland.  I decided to take the ferry from one appointment to the next and was so happy with my decision.  I was able to setup my computer at a table and have an ocean view office while commuting to the next inspection site.  I probably would have spent the same $12 on gas driving around too.  Multi-tasking made simple via WA State Ferry.