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Smoke alarm older than 10 years? Don't change the batteries – replace it

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

For conscientious homeowners that replaced their smoke detector batteries when they turned the clocks back recently, here's a "Who knew?" Most smoke detectors are good for only about 10 years. After that they begin to lose sensitivity, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, and should be thrown away and replaced.

In other words: Those fresh batteries won't do much good if they're going into a dying smoke detector.

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Teach your kids to avoid 'home alone' kitchen emergencies

  • Written by Courtesy of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company

A new school year means a new crop of kids living an important – and nerve-racking – rite of passage: Staying home alone for the first time after school. If your child is among them, our claims experts suggest you add one more topic to your safety talk.

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Spring tips to attract beautiful birds to your yard

  • Written by StatePoint

(StatePoint) When hosting neighbors and friends for spring gatherings, your thoughts may dwell on accommodating guests. But how often do you consider your animal visitors?

“During spring, flocks of birds migrate and are looking for places to refuel and rest,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert, makers of bird-friendly products for homes. “A few small tweaks to your yard is like placing out a welcome mat.”

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Woodinville Garden Club celebrates 16th year of Garden Tour

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Summer has truly arrived when gardens are full of blooms and visitors. The beautiful weather of late spring guarantees gorgeous gardens this year. The Woodinville Garden Club’s 16th annual Tour of Gardens will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five private local gardens are featured that offer patrons a visual feast of color and texture, unique plant combinations and artistic embellishments.

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