Summer is on its way and it is the perfect time of year for outdoor entertaining. But before you start planning the menus and guest lists, make sure your house and yard are ready to take on the fun.
If you have a gas grill, check for leaks. Mix a small amount of dishwashing liquid and water in a spray bottle. Spray the hose and all connections then, with the hose connected to the propane tank, open the gas. If bubbles appear, you have a leak and need to replace the hose or fix a loose connection.
Check the flame on gas grills – it should be blue. A yellow flame means there are either clogged air jets or burners that need adjustment.
Keep the refrigerator temperature at 36ºF to 38ºF and the freezer at no colder than 0ºF to 5ºF. You can buy inexpensive refrigerator and freezer thermometers to help you maintain the right temperature.
Check the deck and stairways for any loose boards or railings. Now’s a good time to get out the power tools and make the yard safer as well as neater.
If you haven’t done so already, give your lawn mower a check-up. Make sure it’s functioning at its best so that you can mow efficiently and safely.
To help keep appliances and power tools in good working order, look into protecting them with extended service plans. Anything mechanical can break down or have parts that just wear out, and manufacturers’ warranties don’t cover as much or for as long as you might think.