Archive | May, 2015

Airbag Recall on Cars Reaches over 30 Million Autos

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If you haven’t heard about the Takata Corporation airbag recall, you must be living on a remote island somewhere. Or don’t have a car. Or don’t read our blog, because we posted about it last November and last March. The airbag defect has caused at least six deaths (that we know about) and more than 100 injuries.

Since this is a third-party manufacturer, the airbag recall affects almost every make and model of car, including Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Subaru and Toyota. How far back does the recall go? All the way to 2001—yes, 14 years of cars could be affected by these defective airbags. Continue Reading →

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Is It Time To Ditch the Lawn for Artificial Grass?

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Do you want a lawn as beautiful and perfect as this? Go synthetic.

The drought is real. We’ve had mandatory water restrictions placed on us by the California Governor, who directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement 25 percent reductions in the use of potable (read: drinkable) water. So how are we going to do it?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 30 percent of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States is used outdoors, mainly for irrigation. Do you realize that the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water each year? That’s not counting any rainwater! There are many ways to re-landscape your yard to replace your lawn, but if you have children or pets, you might miss that expanse of green. Continue Reading →

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Termites Might Not Be Your Only Home Invaders

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If you’re getting your house tented to rid it of termites, those little critters might not be the only invaders you need to be cautious of. Burglars throughout California are now targeting homes that are being tented for fumigation. You may think that you’re doing the safe thing in protecting your family from termites and the toxic fumes, but you are also leaving your home and all of the possessions inside exposed and at risk.

Many homes throughout Southern California are being broken into while the owners are out during fumigation for insects and other pests. The giant tents that are placed on these homes are used as a warning to keep others out and away from the dangerous chemicals, but they are quickly becoming an invitation for burglars to come on in. When a burglar sees this tent they know that the building will be unoccupied several days and your home instantly becomes an easy target. Thieves are aware that these homes are left unprotected. Continue Reading →

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On Fire: It’s Wildfire Awareness Week

2008-Smokey-Bear-with-taglineDid you know that almost 95 percent of wildfires are started because of human carelessness, mistakes or intent? It’s true. And another fact for you: There have been over 1,100 fires this year already, and that’s double the average.

So how can we help prevent wildfires? Smokey the Bear isn’t the only one trying to get us to be more careful. All of the emergency services, especially the fire departments, and California’s Governor are hoping to build awareness around fire safety with Wildfire Awareness Week. Continue Reading →

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