For the Love of Home and The People In It

Hey Peeps. Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you have a moment to share some sweetness today with your family, friends and with yourself. Love yourself and others will love you too!

Now about DIY. I have to tell you, I love my house. I have decorated every inch of it myself from fancy trims to floors to custom murals but none of it means anything without the people in my life to share it with. The men in my life, hubby and 3 sons, are the air I breathe. So I want you to protect the people in your home as I do mine. Please read read and consider doing the following to keep your hens and chicken safe. Winter is the most common time for house fires, so be smart. Love your home and it will love you back and protect you!

  • Make a fire escape plan. Include plan for dealing with infants toddlers and pets. Even if it means putting your dog or cat or kid in a pillow case to carry them out. DO IT. They sometimes cooperate more when they can’t see what’s happening.  Here is a great video from FEMA on fire escape plans.
  • Have a meeting place outside for after the escape. Maybe it’s the mailbox or shed. Stay away from the house but be near enough to guide others to safety.
  • Have your furnace and chimney checked annually by a pro, especially if you burn fires often.
  • NEVER use grills, chimineas or fire pits inside the garage.
  • PLEASE be careful with electrical cords. Do not overload them. (When I was Director of Nursing in retirement home, we experienced a fire in an apt from bad cord. One of our female retirees died that night. I take this very seriously, as I could not get to her door to get her out due to smoke conditions. I will always regret not being able to get to her. Her name was Anne.)
  • USE Space heaters with great caution. Never leave unattended. Keep them away from furniture and flammables items.
  • Check your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors twice a year!
  • Watch this great clip from NBC news investigative report on space heaters. Really well done.

Now be safe and keep the fires burning in your love life, not anywhere else!



  1. Sonia February 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Great post Beth! Also, keep a fire extinguisher near fire sources. I had a grease fire on the stove last year. The nearest fire extinguisher was in the garage. We were 30 seconds away from the kitchen cabinets catching on fire. I keep an ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen and the garage. I have neighbors that don’t have any fire extinguishers in the house.

  2. Ann Marie February 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    This video of a house fire from a space heater was shocking! I shall certainly be more mindful of mine and warn others of the dangers.Our first Christmas Eve in our new home I foolishly lit the advent candles in our dining room and left the burning candles unattended as I went back into the get the last casserole dish. I returned seconds later to find flames shooting up towards the ceiling as the advent wreath had caught fire.Thank God my husband was able to quickly extinguished the flames.Now I use flameless candles in our home.After that I painted flameless candles to use in the advent wreath.Thank you for all your wonderful tips!
    It was such a pleasure meeting you in person at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.(Ladies meeting) in Doylestown! .

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