Here are a few Resolutions you can make to keep your home healthier this year:
Spring - Clean your gutters. Backed-up gutters can wreak havoc on siding and cause flooding. Scoop out leaves and debris with a trowel or hire professionals to do it.
Check Your Roof. Wintry weather may have damaged the surface, and the first big rainstorm, left unchecked, could cause significant problems. Replace shingles as needed.
Fireplace - If your fireplace got a workout during the winter months, give it a clean sweep. Call in the experts to inspect and clean creosote buildup.
And...Little things that can add years to your life
Eat Chocolate - research says phenolics in chocolate may help lower the risk of heart disease.
Have a Banana - a diet rich in potassium helps prevent the risk of strokes. Also try avocados, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach & citrus truits.
Read the Comics - laughter is a stress reduction for the whole body.
Whistle While you Work - studies show easy-listening music reduces stress levels.
Home Invasion and Burglary have been on the increase recently. Here are a few things your Burglar won't tell you:
1) Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week clearning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2) Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3) Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste....and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4) Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5) If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.
6) A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
7) It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of the weather.
8) I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
9) Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
10) Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
11) Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
12) The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
13) I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TV's or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
Sources: Convicted burglars in N.C., Oregon, California & Kentucky; security consultant, Chris McGoey and Richart T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book, Burglars on the Job.