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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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By Sonya McDaniel
March 1, 2013 3:03 p.m.

One of the basics steps to a healthy home is home maintenance and repair.  With spring right around the corner, now is a good time to do some basic maintenance and repair before the weather gets too hot.  Maintenance includes activities like cleaning, painting, mowing, etc. etc.  Repair includes replacing, fixing, removing, etc.  BOTH are important. Maintenance can help make repair easier!  Over the last seven weeks many of the tips are basic maintenance steps for home owners to help them avoid costly repairs or health issues.
Here are just a few things you need to keep your home well maintained. 
  • Keep owner’s manuals!  These provide information you need to keep items working properly, make simple repairs and purchase the correct replacement parts. 
  • Have a basic tool box and keep it in a location which is easy to access.  If you don’t have to put forth a lot of effort finding what you need, you are more likely to address a minor repair quickly. 
  • Be realistic about when to call in an expert!  Don’t cost yourself more money by making things worse or spending money on items that won’t fix the problem.
  • Here is a great tool to help you get started with a seasonal home maintenance checklist for your Healthy House!  Home maintenance checklist. University of Georgia.  http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/hace/HACE-E-64.pdf
    Information provided by Dr. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Housing Specialist – 7 Principles of a Healthy Home Workshop Series.

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