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Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks Safety

In just a couple more weeks it'll be the 4 July holiday and in addition to hot dogs and hamburgers there always seems to be fireworks.

In America, fireworks have become an intricate part of the day’s celebration, but not without some real inherent hazards.

Every Fourth of July, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of people injured by both accidents with fireworks and injuries from improper use of fireworks.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/15/2019 - 12:16

Aluminum Wiring

About that Aluminum Wiring…

A little background information on aluminum electrical wiring is important.  Many homes around were wired with aluminum beginning in 1965.  It was later discovered that some aluminum wiring was causing fires and its use on the 15- and 20-amp circuits was discontinued in the mid 1970s.  15- and 20-amp circuits typically serve lighting and receptacles.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:10

Safe Fireplace Use

                                Fireplace Safety
     Wood-burning fireplaces create an ambiance it’s hard to beat with any other heating method. There’s something about sitting in front of a wood-burning fireplace with its colorful display of flame and aroma of burning wood that seems to fulfill a basic human need.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:40

Septic systems

Many of the homes outside of cities and at our many lakes are served by septic systems to handle waste water.

A septic system is simply a device designed to handle the wastewater your home generates when city sewers are not available. A septic system breaks down the impurity in the wastewater and then allows the water to re-enter the ground.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 12:31


What is Radon and why should you care? Where are you likely to encounter it? How is it tested for and if it's a concern how to mitigate it?
What exactly is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas know to cause cancer. Radon is invisible and has no smell or taste it but it may be a problem in your home. Radon causes several thousand deaths each year that's because when you breathe air containing radon you can get lung cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:43

Deck Safety

Decks provide a great place to relax during warmer months but do have a few requirements to help assure your family's safety. Remember to check each of the following at the start of warmer weather so that nothing interferes with the sun and fun.

1)    Look for cracks, holes or signs of decay.  Probe places where water might accumulate such as depressions and cracks.  Holes may indicate insects are setting up home. Check with your local pest control expert.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 13:16

Water fun and Electrical Safety

Summer safety advice from your local home inspector and the National Fire Protection Association
There is hope that the weather will be warm enough soon in the Fargo Moorhead and the west central Minnesota Lakes Region to start to pursue water activities. Being blessed as we are with many beautiful lakes and rivers to play in, it sometimes difficult to remember that spas, pools and hot tubs are being used more as the weather warms.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:26

Being cool!

In Fargo Morehead and the lakes region including Alexandria, Wadena, Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls it is still hard to believe that will be using our air conditioning units very soon to provide indoor comfort we desire. But the National Weather Service does assure us that there will be a warm day before fall, maybe, or at least it’s not impossible.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:17

Costs vs. Returns in North Dakota and Minnesota

Improving and remodeling your home and the cost versus return on some important efforts

For the home buying public a comfortable home is number one on most people’s lists. Everyone’s definition of what that means, however, differs considerably but one common thread is a question, if I do X, Y or Z will I recover any of my costs when I sell?

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:47

Forced air filters

Clean up your act, or least your furnace filters.

Springtime has been slow arriving this year. In our part of the country, eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, there are still remnants of snow in shaded areas of woodlands and along the edges of parking lots where the snow was piled. But spring is here, things are starting to green and that brings the spring cleaning bug to many of us.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:36
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