With the new year comes a chance for new beginnings and new challenges. This is a time of reflection, planning, and building. We like to reflect on the last year and discover ways that we can become better at what we do and at serving our customers. We plan for the next year and the future beyond while building up on the momentum carried over from the year before. We are always looking for new and better ways to achieve greatness for our customers and this time of year is the perfect time to make that a priority as the shape of the new year develops.
Christmas Decorating Safety Checklist
Safety is important regardless of the time of year, but around the holidays it can be especially crucial. Unlike in the summer, winter poses a whole new set of safety challenges: heavy rains and snow, freezing temperatures, and slick roads to name just a few. But, the holidays are also some of the best times of each year, filled with treasured memories, family, friends, and lots of hot cocoa! Let’s go over some safety tips that you can use while decorating this year that can keep you and your family safer during the holidays.
Many Americans buy live Christmas trees each year. According to one study, about 30 million live trees are sold to American households each year, while approximately 20 million artificial trees are purchased in the same period. Even though “real” trees pose more of a fire hazard, both types of tree introduce new potential risks into your house.
#1. Whichever tree you choose to use this year, make sure to keep it at least three to six feet away from any and all sources of ignition, which include candles, stoves, and fireplaces.
#2. If you have a live tree then make sure to chop at least three inches off the base when you first get it home so that it can soak up water more readily. Also, make sure to water your tree every day! A dry Christmas tree is a more flammable Christmas tree.
#3. Unplug your tree lights when you are going to bed for the night and when you’re leaving the house. An unattended tree can be a fire hazard!
#4. Trees are very tempting and tantalizing to young children! Make sure that ornaments are placed high enough to be out of reach of little ones as they are choking hazards.
Safety With Lights
Hanging lights in and around your house for Christmas is as American as apple pie, but it comes with its own set of considerations. Keep these in mind as you decorate your house with Christmas cheer this winter!
#1. Make sure your ladder is on sturdy dry ground.
#2. Always use the buddy system when going up a ladder. Your buddy can help stabilize the ladder and look out for other potential dangers like cords getting tangled or people walking through the area.
#3. Check every strand of lights thoroughly! Any cracks or breakages could be potential fire or electrical shock hazards.
#4. Replace all broken or burnt out bulbs with manufacturer approved lights of the same size and wattage. If you’re not sure, then simply toss that strand of lights out and buy a new one. Always tread on the side of caution!
#5. If you’re using extension cords, make sure to periodically check them for warmth. If they are getting unusually warm or even hot to the touch, then there is an unsafe connection and you must unplug them immediately and re-evaluate your lighting setup. That may be a sign of an overloaded line.
Bonus: If you’re decorating indoors this year and you have young children in the house, make sure to check your blinds and window coverings for hanging cords. These cords can also be tempting for children to play with and tug on which could either potentially pull the blinds down on them or get them dangerously tangled. Make sure your cords are tied up safely out of reach or consider replacing corded blinds with alternative window coverings. In addition to being safer for children they also look great! Check out our Designer Shades. We have great styles to fit any house.
All of us at Blind Appeal wish you and your family a very safe and a very merry Christmas this year.
Sometimes, just putting up a Christmas tree isn’t enough. It’s fun to embrace the joy of the holiday season and have that joy reflected in and around your house.
Having a good set of blinds and window coverings has other benefits as well that may reinforce your choice for purchasing the ones you are most in love with.
What most people don’t know is that the fall is one of the best times of the year, if not THE best time of the year, to clean your gutters. That’s right. The gutters. It’s a messy job and with winter charging in, being outside on top of a icy cold ladder digging through wet and cold muck is not something you’re chomping at the bit to do. So, we recommend you stay inside and sip a warm cup of cocoa while the experts like us do it.
October is one of the best months of the year. The temperatures are settling down from their sky highs and the trees and bushes put on a beautiful show. Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner. October is full of potential and fun! While you’re getting the costumes ready and preparing a fresh batch of apple cider, take a moment to think about blind and window covering safety in your home. After all, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Here are some valuable safety tips that you can start doing today in your home.
When the Blind Appeal owner Frank told me that we were going to add window cleaning to our services, I thought it was a super idea! Not only were we going to add window cleaning, we were adding pressure washing, gutter cleaning, cobweb cleaning, and screen cleaning.
As I began to create these new marketing materials for Blind Appeal, I researched the new services and learned quite a few things about their importance to our homes and businesses.
WINDOW CLEANING: It is very important to clean your windows on a regular basis. In addition to the obvious – that of being able to get a better view of your outside surroundings – windows build up dirt and grime over time. Outside elements such as rain, snow, and wind help contribute to dirty windows and this not only obstructs the clear view, but also can accumulate and cause the windows to become scratched by dust and debris.
GUTTER CLEANING and PRESSURE WASHING: This is also an important part of the upkeep of your home and/or business. Gutters’ purposes serve to control the amount and rate of water flow (caused by melting snow, rainwater, etc) that affect your roof, foundation, and landscape. If a gutter remains clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, this can eventually cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Pressure Washing is also a huge part of your home’s well-being. Dirt and mildew can build up on your home and can ultimately turn into damaging effects.
COBWEB and SCREEN CLEANING: Have you ever noticed those “fluffy” white cobwebs that appear under the eaves of your home? I have certainly noticed these under my eaves and also have noticed that they tend to spread over time if I do not get right on them. In addition to eaves, they also seem to gather up in rain gutters, interior and exterior walls, and especially corners. Screens also tend to build up with dirt, salt, sap, and other elements. I learned that it is also important to clean both cobwebs and screens on a regular basis to improve not only the look of your home, but to cut down on dust, dirt, and spiders that can be transmitted throughout the exterior and interior of your home.
Keeping up with all the above items can not only improve the aesthetics of your home (both interior and exterior), but can also add to the lifespan of windows, screens and gutters.
After my research, I definitely appreciate Blind Appeal’s new offered services. We hired staff that are both experienced and trained in window cleaning to bring our customers the best overall experience with these services. We also offer estimates at no charge. In addition, because we think that window cleaning and the other services are so important, we offer monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or annual contracts. Additional discounts apply to contracted customers.
The Blind Appeal Family wishes all of our customers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you want to spruce up your windows for the New Year, now is the perfect time. We would love to show you all the newest and best in window fashions….everything from Mezzanine Shades Interior Solar and Roller Shades, and Plantation Shutters, to Honeycomb/Cellular Shades, Hardwood Blinds, and Woven Shades … We have something for every style, decor and budget.
It is Thanksgiving week and the team at Blind Appeal would like to THANK all of our customers, family, and friends for helping us make this such a wonderful year! As we are on the brink of our 11th year serving the Treasure Valley and Beyond, it is YOU, the customer that has made our business thrive and continue to grow.
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers to check all window coverings for potential cord hazards and make the necessary safety upates. The WCSC and CPSC recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.
Welcome to Blind Appeal Quality Blinds and Window Coverings. Serving Boise (the Treasure Valley) and beyond for the past ten years, we are a family-owned and operated business that strives to bring our customers the utmost in quality blinds, shades, shutters, and custom draperies.
16077 N Franklin Blvd
Nampa, ID 83687