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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

thanksgiving safety tips for home(Photo from bhg.com)

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!

Chelan Home Inspection Photo: Wood Destroying Organisms

Wow, if only these wall could talk!  Our home inspector took a photo of this door frame.  Check out the frass left behind by the wood destroying organisms.  Fortunately, Aaron is also a licensed WSDA pest inspector. 

chelan home inspectionAMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Leavenworth Home Inspection: Huge Wasp Nest!

This is just about one of the scariest things a home inspector can find in a small attic…a huge wasp nest!  Anyone thinking about booking a home maintenance inspection?

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AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Wenatchee Home Inspection Photo: Rats!

Crawl spaces are a popular destination for rodents and pests.  It’s important to keep your crawl space completely sealed to avoid unwanted house guests.

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AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Seattle Home Inspection Photo: Flood Evidence

Check out water mark on the door.  This home was flooded a couple of years prior to our inspection.  The owners replaced the drywall and other components but the evidence remains.chelan county home inspection

AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Update

AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth and operating from Seattle to Wenatchee, Chelan and Methow Valley.  The following information was provided by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office on October 26, 2011.

Take a look at the recent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Report.  Fall is moving fast into winter.  The Forest Service wants to remind people to be mindful of unpredictable weather, driving conditions, hunting seasons, Fall hiking, wood-cutting season and prescribed burning. 

” • Weather—Weather is an unpredictable factor for those recreating in or visiting the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Being prepared for unpredictable conditions is the key to enjoying a visit to the national forest. Always carry emergency equipment and extra food and clothing, and be aware of what might be encountered when recreating in the forest. Plan ahead, obtain up-to-date information, and have alternate plans in mind in case something “unpredictable” occurs.

 • Snow—Be prepared for snow in the higher elevation areas of the forest. • Driving Conditions—Forest users need to keep in mind that roads are beginning to become quite wet and muddy from the recent rains and snows at higher elevations, and that traveling on these roads right now can cause a lot of damage, not only to roadbeds but to the surrounding forest areas. Forest travelers need to use good judgment and caution when traveling forest roads during the fall and winter.

• Hunting Seasons—A number of hunting seasons are occurring right now, so forest visitors need to make their presence known. It is a good idea to wear bright, vivid colors, especially hunter orange when recreating in the forest during hunting seasons. Sing, talk, whistle a tune, do anything to let hunters know you are in the area.

• Fall Colors—Many people will be out in the woods looking at the fall colors and possibly not paying as much attention to their driving as they should. Be a defensive driver. Where possible, pull off the road to look at the fall colors.

• Woodcutting Season—Woodcutters are out in the woods getting their winter supply of firewood. Please drive slowly, a pickup truck fully loaded with wood handles differently than it does when empty. Especially keep this in mind when the roads are wet and slippery. Hunters need to be aware that any wood they collect for use in warming fires needs to be left in the woods; they cannot take it home with them unless they have a valid woodcutting permit.

• Prescribed Burning—A number of pile burning projects are underway in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be visible in different areas of the forest.”

Read the full report:  full_rec_report_2011-10-25___Fall_transition_time

Leavenworth Home Inspection Photo: Stick a cork in it!

I never know what I’m going to come across.  Check out this photo from a recent Leavenworth home inspection.  It’s an interesting way to fill a hole.  Now you know what to do with all those corks you get from wine tasting in Leavenworth!