9 Easy Home Upgrades for March
Simple ways to improve your home right now
This is one spring-cleaning task that's a safety essential, since the National Fire Protection Association reports that about 15,520 home fires per year are associated with clothes dryers. Detach the duct from the back of the dryer and use a long snake-type brush (about $40; RepairClinic) to remove flammable lint from the vent's entire length.
National Poison Prevention Week (March 20–26) is a good reminder to be careful with household and garden chemicals, which can be fatal if ingested. To protect children in your home, take extra care to stow chemicals and items that come in easy-to-open bags, such as fertilizer, in a locked cabinet or shed. Always keep household cleaners in their original containers to avoid misidentification.
Winter snow and ice storms can take a toll on your roof, so it's a good idea to scope things out now. There's no need to walk on the roof—it's safer for you and better for your roofing to take a peek from your ladder. Look for buckling, curling, or blistering shingles and for wear around chimneys and pipes. If you spot something questionable, call in a pro.