Protect Your Pets This Halloween

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For humans, Halloween is a time to embrace your inner-monster (or Lady Gaga) and spend a night masquerading as someone, or something, new. For your pets, it’s a night fraught with potential hazards like mounds of dark chocolate, hot candles and a sudden increase of strange visitors. Make sure your pet stays calm and safe this All Hallows’ Eve by paying attention to these potential hazards.

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Get Ready Week » Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

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Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October).

This year’s theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

Get Ready Week starts starts on Monday 9 October and this year’s theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed. Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed.

Access Resources for Home and Work

http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

Simple Home Maintenance Tasks

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The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Clean filters quarterly, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.