Stay Safe this Grilling Season

July 30th, 2014

It’s summer, which means grill season has almost reached its peak. Although you may already know how to grill safely, taking all the necessary precautions, we figure a refresher course is always a smart call. Here are the best ways to help avoid accidental fires and injuries, so you can beat back blisters and enjoy the BBQ.


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Fire Safety

Between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires involving grills each year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. To keep accidental fires at bay follow these fire safety tips: (more…)

DesignMine Monday: Cooling Down From the Summer Heat

July 28th, 2014

This week we are heading downstairs to the basement to escape from the summer heat. With temperatures rising now is the best time to stay inside and work on creating a space you’ll appreciate year round.

We’ve pulled some of our favorite DesignMine photos. Fair warning, there are a lot of pool tables but you will also see a number of ideas to get you started on your next home project.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us below or on Twitter using #DesignMine.

DesignMine Basement

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Kitchen Safety Tips

July 26th, 2014

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the beach, have fun with friends, relax and cook outside. It is also the time when you have to guard your home from possible fire incidents. During summer, one of the most popular causes of home fires is outside cooking. Yes, those amazing grilling and barbecue moments may turn into a big nightmare if you are not careful enough.

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BBQ Fire Safety Tips

In order to prevent getting your house on fire, here are some BBQ tips that you should keep in mind:

Only use barbecue grill outdoors.

There are some people who will use their grills indoors. This is a big no-no. Aside from being a fire hazard, doing this will also expose the other people living in the house to potent asphyxiation as well as toxic gasses. Aside from grilling indoors, you must also avoid using your grills in enclosed spaces. (more…)