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Properly storing your mower for winter will save you time and money come spring.

Weekend Project: Store Your Mower

With the first frosts coating the ground at night, lawnmowing season is just about over. Perhaps give your lawn one last trim if it's looking unruly; then, it's time to tuck your mower away in the garage to hibernate for the winter.

But before you do, follow the tips in this article about winterizing your mower. Find out about emptying the gas tank; cleaning the mower; charging the battery; replacing or cleaning the air filter; and sharpening the blade. None of these steps should be too difficult or take too much time you can start and finish this process on Saturday afternoon. Trust us, you'll be glad you did next spring when the grass starts to grow again.

A demonstration on how easy it is to get tangled in the cords. Photo courtesy of the CPSC.

More Roman Shades Recalled Due to Strangulation Death

It is with great sadness that we inform of the latest CPSC product recall. Close to 500,000 roman shades and 28,500 roll-up blinds have been recalled due to a strangulation risk. Sadly, this latest recall of Hanover Direct, Inc. shades and blinds comes after the death of a 22-month old child, whose parents found him hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of the shade.

This is a terrible tragedy and one that underscores how important it is for families with toddlers to pay careful consideration to the purchase or ownership of potentially dangerous window treatments.

The roman shade and roll-up blind recalls have been non-stop over the past year. Is it simply time to do away with them altogether?

Please take the time to review the recall to determine if you need to replace your window treatments with something safer.

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