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Fire-Prevention Safety Tips for Residences

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When shopping for upholstered furniture, look for the gold UFAC hangtag. Upholstered furniture manufactured according to the voluntary Upholstered Furniture Action Council standard has been constructed to better resist ignition by smoldering cigarettes - which are the leading cause of fires involving furniture in the home.

Here are some other fire safety tips:

Smart Tips for Decorating on a Budget

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So you’ve paid your taxes (early) and have gotten a refund -- or have saved up a little money -- and want to spend it on making your home more comfortable.

Where do you start?

First of all, let me commend you for setting up a budget. According to recent AHFA research, 87% of consumers don't set a budget for decorating and furnishing their homes. We think that's a mistake. Setting a budget helps you plan and understand your goals.

Safety Tips for Bunk Beds

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After we received a recent question related to this issue, we decided to compile a list of safety tips applicable to bunk beds.

Keep Bunk Beds Safe

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We just received this question from a concerned reader:

My twin sons are 4 years old, and they want bunk beds in their new room. Are there any industry guidelines for bunk beds?

Yes! There are very specific industry guidelines for bunk beds.

Trend Watch – 2010 Outdoor Furniture

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THE FRUGAL OUTDOORS

Improvements in Outdoor Living Spaces Offer Big Payback for 2010

As if week after week of dour economic reports were not gloomy enough, Americans were socked with record-setting cold temperatures and record snowfall throughout much of the United States this winter. But weather forecasters and economists alike see brighter days ahead.

Tips for Transitioning to a "Big Girl" Room

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When your 5-year-old daughter wants her princess room redecorated, you’ll want to transition it from a toddler room to a big girl room that can last for years to come.

Of course, little girls and big girls love fancy, romantic, fairy tale beds – how about a canopy bed? Or, if she is more of a tomboy, try a bunkbed set for sleepovers.

Decorating for an Active Family

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Finding the perfect family-room sofa to accommodate three young children and a dog can be challenging. Aside from considering how the style of the sofa works with your overall home environment -- and whether its size will fit in the room itself -- elements like durability and sustainable are much more important than what a smaller home might need.

We say consider starting with leather (whether real or synthetic). It’s an excellent choice for children and pets. It is easy to care for and clean. Other alternatives are denim or canvas slipcovers for a sofa and chairs.

Safety Tips for Tip-Over Prevention

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 8,000-10,000 people are injured by falling furniture each year. A majority of these victims are children.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance is at the forefront of efforts to update the industry’s voluntary furniture tip-over standard and offers these tips for preventing furniture tip-over hazards in your home:

Keeping Rooms Safe for Toddlers

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We recently got a question from a mother who said,

Our three-year-old is a real climber! We have several bookshelves in the family room, and I'm afraid he'll pull one over on himself trying to climb it. How can we make the room safer?

A lot!

Quick Tips to Care for Indoor Furniture

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Furniture plays an important part in our lives and in our homes. That is why it is essential to care for our furniture to ensure its longevity and cleanliness. By using a little common sense, a little patience and some elbow grease, our home furnishings will last several lifetimes.

Here are a few basic tips to keep our home furnishings looking their best:

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