How to Prepare for Wintertime Duties in the Seattle Area

How to Prepare for Wintertime Duties in the Seattle AreaWhen the snow starts falling, it is important you are ready for it. Slips and falls and back injuries are very common side effects of snow and ice. In many areas, you will be responsible for keeping the snow and ice off of the sidewalk in front of your home. It is a good idea to get ready for the snow and ice before it gets here. It isn’t unheard of for the tools you need to be gone once a storm hits. You can find all the winter supplies you need at Greenwood Hardware.

Some of the things you will want to have on hand are listed below.

Ice Melt

Ice melt will help make your porch, deck, steps and of course, the sidewalk a little less slick. If you have pets, it is important you get an ice melt that is not toxic to your fur babies. If you walk through the ice melt into the house, they can get it on their paws. They lick their paws and end up getting sick.

Snow Shovels

Not all snow shovels are created equal! It is a good idea to have a couple different shovels for different purposes. A curved shovel is great for pushing snow out of the way to clear a path. You will want a flat shovel for actually moving the snow off of the sidewalk or from behind your car. Metal is more durable and can carry more snow, but plastic will work. Never try to life more snow on your shovel than you can comfortably move.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter is great for sprinkling over the snowy patches on your sidewalk. You could also use sand. This helps give your shoes a bit more traction. Ice melt only works when you can shovel the area down to the cement. If you can’t use sand or kitty litter.

Sleds

If there is snow on the ground, you want to take advantage of it! Get the kids some sleds now before the rush. Tubes are also lots of fun to pull the kids on as you go for a walk. Enjoy the snow while it is around. It isn’t all work and no play.

Don’t get caught unprepared this winter. Head into Greenwood Hardware and get everything you need for the next snowfall! Don’t forget to stop at the grocery store and get your hot cocoa supplies ready. After a day of clearing snow or playing in the snow, you will want to warm up. Come on in, or contact us today.

Greenwood Hardware’s Earthquake Readiness Series: Part 3 – What To Do When An Earthquake Strikes

Greenwood Hardware’s Earthquake Readiness Series: Part 3 – What To Do When An Earthquake StrikesOver the last several weeks we have talked extensively about preparing for an earthquake. This week, we are going to talk about what to do when an earthquake strikes and in the immediate aftermath. An earthquake can be scary, especially for anybody who has never experienced one before. Our team at Greenwood Hardware knows part of the fear is in not knowing what to do, which is why this series on earthquake preparedness has been created. The following are things you will want to do when you feel the ground start to quiver. Keep in mind; most earthquakes are over in under a minute.

During the Quake

  • Drop to the floor and cover your head with your arms or a pillow. Stay put until the moving has stopped.
  • If you can, take cover under a sturdy desk or table. In the past, it was recommended you hide in a doorway. Unfortunately, modern building standards do not make the doorway any stouter than the rest of the house.
  • Find an area that is away from windows to take cover. Avoid being in front of heavy furniture that could fall forward or directly under light fixtures, fans or chandeliers.
  • If you are outside, get away from any buildings, overpasses and trees. An open field is your best bet.
  • If you are lying in bed, stay put if there is no risk of pictures falling on you and you are not under a window.

After the Quake

  • Turn off the main electric breaker, gas and water main.
  • Avoid any standing water, it could be electrified.
  • Assess your injuries and perform first aid if necessary.
  • If your home is unsafe, get out immediately.
  • Check for survivors who may need help in your neighborhood.
  • Do not drink water from the tap until you know it is safe.
  • Wear sturdy shoes while you walk about; there is likely to be a great deal of broken glass.
  • Avoid making unnecessary calls. Cell phone towers will be overwhelmed. Send a text to anybody you need to let know you are okay.
  • Turn on the radio and listen for updates and instructions about what to do.

An earthquake can be a scary event. Do what you can to prepare so you are better able to handle the aftermath of an earthquake. You will find the tools and supplies you need to ready your home for an earthquake or any potential disaster at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today.

Making the Switch to CFLs and LEDs in the Pacific Northwest

Making the Switch to CFLs and LEDs in the Pacific Northwest You probably know the old fashioned light bulbs we all grew up with have been phased out and replaced with new, funny looking bulbs. Some of us have resisted the change (typical human nature). However, not switching out those old bulbs is costing you money! At Greenwood Hardware, we carry a variety of the newer CFL and LED bulbs. You don’t have to get stuck with a bulb that casts a bright, overwhelming light that makes it uncomfortable to have on. There are a variety of bulbs and filters that help make your switch easier to get used to.

Yes, the bulbs are a bit more expensive when you buy them. That is one of the major turn-offs. But, here’s the thing—they last ten times longer! So, instead of replacing a bulb in your favorite lamp by the couch every 30 to 60 days, you won’t have to go in search of a new bulb for a year or more. So, you will save money on buying bulbs, but you will also save money on your monthly electric bill. With the cold weather here to stay for a couple of months, saving money on your electric bill is a really big deal.

To help give you an idea about the kind of money you can save, think of it like this. An LED bulb will cost you about $33 a year to use. A CFL will cost you around $77 a year and the old school incandescent? That one will run you about $328 a year! Now you can see the cost savings, let’s talk a bit about why the switch is actually good for the environment as well.

There is no question LEDs are the best way to go. They are much safer to use in your home, and when you factor in the amount of electricity an LED uses versus an incandescent bulb, it is a no-brainer you are going to be helping the environment. Not to mention, with the bulbs lasting much longer you will not be adding them to landfills or their packaging at such a quick rate.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today and make the switch to being an energy-efficient home to start saving money and the environment in one easy move. Come on in, or contact us today.

Greenwood Hardware’s Earthquake Readiness Series: Part Two – What Supplies Do I Need?

Greenwood Hardware’s Earthquake Readiness Series: Part Two – What Supplies Do I Need?Recently we discussed ways to make your home a little safer, just in case a medium to large earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest. This week, we will talk a bit about the supplies you will want to start putting away. You never know when an earthquake will strike, how big it will be and what it will do to your neighborhood. At Greenwood Hardware, you will find some of the things you will want to store safely to help you in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Food

The government recommends you keep at least three days’ worth of non-perishable food items on your shelf. Things like canned foods, energy bars or some freeze-dried foods are all good options. You want food that won’t spoil and doesn’t require any cooking. If you are storing canned food, make sure you pack a manual can opener as well.

Water

You will need to store water just in case the earthquake causes damage to the water sanitation systems. In most situations, the water sanitation systems are run with electricity, which will very likely be out after an earthquake strikes. You should store enough water to last your family three days. The water you store will be just enough to keep you hydrated and very basic hygiene. You will want at least one gallon of water per day for each person in the family.

First Aid Kit

You will want to have a well-stocked first aid kit stashed away. Don’t borrow from it with the intention of replacing what you used. You never know when the quake will strike, and it may be before you have the chance to replace what you borrowed. Stock up on plenty of bandages, splints, and painkillers.

Tools

You may be forced to improvise a shelter, fix minor damages around your house or help out a neighbor. Keep a toolkit on hand that includes a hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, duct tape, and electrical tape. These items will all come in handy should you need to tape a window, cover a window with plastic or pry open a door.

These basic items should be stored somewhere that you can easily access. While there is no guarantee they will not be damaged in the quake, it is better to at least try to have supplies on hand. Store them in a rubber tote or a sturdy wooden box to keep them together. You will find many of the items on this list at Greenwood Hardware! Come on in, or contact us today.

Next week, we will cover what to do at the first sign of an earthquake and the aftermath.