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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. Sonya ...
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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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With a little bit of pre-planning and simple home repairs you can get your house ready for cooler temperatures with little cost or time. Here are some simple tips and things to investigate to save you cold feet and/or a high electric bill!
Furnace/Heater Care
1. Stock up on filters and change them monthly.
2. Remove any items stacked around, on top of or in front of vents.
Doors & Windows
1. Look around the outside of the house for cracks and around pipes; seal them.
2. Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors.
3. Replace cracked window panes.
4. Check windows and doors inside the house for small air leaks around the edges.
5. Use weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors inside.
6. Use plastic sheeting to cover interior windows.

If a Dollar Bill can fit between the window and the window seal—it needs caulking!

Winterizing Tips
1. Rake leaves and debris away from the foundation of the house.
2. Shut vents under the house.
3. Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
4. Insulate exposed pipes.
5. Unhook and drain garden hoses.
6. Take window air conditioning units out of the window and store.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Buy indoor candles and matches.
· Write down numbers for utility companies.
· Buy back up batteries.
· Store extra bottled water and non-perishable foods.
· Blanket and first aid kit.
· Purchase a bag of sand or ice melt.

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