Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning or More Organization/Less Stress

With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess. According to a survey conducted by […]

Building a Healthy Neighborhood Event

The beginning of September has been busy for Improvement Zone!  For the 6th year in a row, Improvement Zone set to work with Rebuilding Together Baltimore, participating in their ‘Building a Healthy Neighborhood’ event. Along with other volunteers, and battling rainy weather more days than not, we improved 10 homes in 10 days! Our crews repaired roofs, […]

Decorating Safety

This month, we are going to run through some important safety tips to ensure your holiday season is enjoyable.  Our first post focuses on decorating safety. Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” It can irritate your eyes and […]

Hosting & Food Safety

What’s a holiday without family and food?  In this post, we continue our holiday safety tips with some suggestions and ideas to keep you and your family healthy. When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry. […]

How To Prevent Burst Pipes in Freezing Temperatures

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing if you don’t take proper precautions.  Here are some things to remember during the wintry cold snaps: Don’t set thermostats back to a lower temperature. It’s sometimes impossible for the heating system to recover and reach a comfortable temperature again later. Open kitchen cabinets. Even if room […]

Smoke Alarm Notice from the State Fire Marshall

A new state law aimed at reducing home fire deaths went into effect on July 1, 2013.  It requires replacement of any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery having a “Hush” button feature – ultimately affecting more than 800,000 Maryland homes with battery- only […]

Back to School Tips

Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer […]

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time

(Family Features) It’s that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year. Tackle back-to-school season with these tips to save money and maybe even […]