In an apartment, fire safety is paramount. You should always use your kitchen responsibly, as household fires typically start there. Luckily, it’s not difficult to keep your apartment safe from kitchen fires as long as you cook responsibly, practice wise cleaning habits, and stay vigilant while cooking. To help, we’ve put together this list of common causes of apartment fires, so you know what to look out for next time you are in the kitchen.
In order to practice good apartment fire safety habits, you must know the common ways that kitchen fires start. That way, you’ll be able to prevent unsafe conditions before they arise:
- Oil/Grease – Oil and grease are common kitchen fire culprits. Grease can build up on your stove or in your oven if you are not cleaning diligently, and this can cause fires. Additionally, oil that is heated to a high temperature must be handled with care; if it is thrown into a trashcan haphazardly, the entire can might go up in flames.
- Unattended cooking – This one’s a no-brainer, right? However, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of kitchen fires. Always stay in the kitchen while you are cooking and always keep a timer running.
- Clothing/Cloth – While clothing fires are not especially common, they present a high risk of bodily harm. Avoid loose-fitting clothing while cooking, and keep towels and oven mitts well away from burners or open flames.
If you practice these safety habits, you and your family will be at a much lower risk from kitchen fires. Practicing wise apartment fire safety habits is important – not just for you and your family, but for your neighbors as well.
You can feel it in the air: fall is here. Everybody is ready for the color change and cool autumn breeze. It’s the perfect time to start decorating your apartment and get into the Thanksgiving spirit. There are plenty of fun and easy crafts you can make to bring some extra holiday flair to your apartment home.
Much of what you need can be found on the grounds of our community. Take a stroll down a nature trail and pick up some fallen leaves, pine cones, and anything else that has an earthy autumn feel. Other items perfect for fall decorations are pumpkins and dried multi-color corn.
From these simple beginnings, you can make a nearly limitless variety of fall decorations. You could buy a thatched basket and create a stunning autumn centerpiece. You could take the pine cones and make a fall wreath to hang on your front door. In fact, pine cones are one of the most versatile items for fall decorations and crafts: Sherri Osborn from About.com has a long list of clever crafts you can make out them.
Of course, we haven’t even mentioned the other fall holiday: Halloween. Jack o’Lanterns are still the most fun Halloween decorations to make, and kids jump at the opportunity to carve pumpkins. If you want to go the extra mile, but don’t want to resort to store-bought decorations, there are plenty of Halloween crafts to choose from. Head over to Country Living and HGTV to see some fun Halloween crafts to make with the whole family.
Making homemade fall decorations this year is a great way to celebrate autumn’s arrival while having a great time with family and friends. Whether you’re decorating your home for Halloween or Thanksgiving – or both – a little bit of DIY ingenuity will go a long way.
If you’re uncertain whether you want to renew your lease, it’s important to carefully consider the many variables involved. There are many important reasons to move to a new home, like a new job or family obligations. But moving is costly – in terms of both money and stress. A seemingly inexpensive rental might become pricey once you factor in deposits, applications, moving fees, and other expenses. Be sure to consider all of these factors before making a final decision.
Here are the primary factors to think about when deciding whether to renew your current lease:
- The moving process – Ask anyone who has gone through a move recently: it’s not very much fun. Whether you’re shelling out for the help of a moving company, or handling it all yourself, it’s stressful and time-consuming to uproot your life – especially if you don’t have an important reason to do so.
- Expenses – Even if your prospective home has lower rent than your current one, there are other financial considerations to make. There is the money associated with the moving process, first off. But you must also consider the fees that are associated with signing a new lease: application fees, security deposits, pet fees, etc.
- Your relationship to your community – Once you’ve lived somewhere for a significant period of time, you’ve likely developed relationships with your neighbors and building supervisors. Your landlord’s offer for a lease renewal is evidence of that. It will take time to develop those relationships elsewhere.
You might consider all of these factors and decide that moving is still the right choice for you, but you may instead realize that renewing your lease is a better choice for your situation. Regardless, it is valuable to consider all of these factors and their impact on you and your family. No matter what you choose to do, however, you’ll always be welcome with us.