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Fire Prevention In Your Home!

Fire Prevention week falls on October 4-10 this year. We spend a lot of time discussing floor plans and building trends, but if safety precautions are not taken, your home could become a trap in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (more commonly the NFPA), there were a roughly 369,500 recorded house fires in 2013 resulting in over 2700 deaths. Often times, fires in the home can be prevented. Here are a few things to consider:

First, make sure there are smoke alarms installed in your home and that they are installed in their proper locations. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside the bedrooms in the vicinity of sleeping areas, and on every floor level in the home. Hardwired smoke alarms with battery backup are preferred over simple battery detectors. Also, make sure your hardwired smoke detectors are all interconnected so that if one activates they all will. You can test this by holding down the “test” button on one of the smoke detectors in your house until it activates. If you continue holding down after it activates, you will hear the other alarms throughout the home activate as well. Smoke detector batteries should be changed twice a year (even if your detector is hardwired). A good way to remember this is by changing your smoke detector batteries whenever you adjust your clocks for time change.

Electrical issues are a major cause of house fires. Multi-outlet converters have become increasingly more popular. There just never seems to be enough receptacles where you need them, and these little devices are excellent problem solvers. This can often result in overloaded outlets leading to fire danger. Overloading extension cords is equally hazardous and running them under rugs creates a recipe for disaster. Take no chances when it comes to electrical issues. If a receptacle or wire appears to be faulty, have them inspected by a licensed electrician.

Finally, use caution with appliances and heating equipment. Be sure to clean the lint filters in your dryer after every load. Keep portable heaters a safe distance from everything. When cooking, make sure all handles are kept out of the 6 o’clock position as to avoid spilling any flammable cooking oils. You can never be too safe when it comes to fire safety. Create a home evacuation plan and outside meeting place (commonly the mailbox), especially if there are young children in the home. Explain the importance of fire safety to your children. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, fire stations are open to the public at any time!

We love building homes! It brings us joy to see how excited people are when they get to move into their new home. The last thing we want to see is a family lose anything in a fire. Check your home for any fire dangers. To learn more about Gustafson Properties, LLC visit www.gustafsonproperties.com.

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Desoto County Recreation

After a long day at work, my four year old meets me at the door with the all too familiar question, “Daddy, can we go play?” My wife usually suggests getting out and taking a walk. Our eight month old is simply thrilled with life. Whatever decision we make will be fine with him. When you’re young parents, life moves fast. Your children are growing up before your eyes, and you want to live in a place that offers the most for them.

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Desoto County is a wonderful place to live and offers tons of family friendly options for those lazy afternoons and weekends! Take for instance the Lee Summit Park located at 1270 Monteith in Hernando, MS. This park offers just over 4600 feet of walking trail and a play area for 2-5 year old children.

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If you’re the athletic type, the Hernando Sports & Fitness Park may be more appealing to you. This park offers a ¼ mile track and a large variety of exercise equipment, ranging from pull-up bars to a rope climb! For more information on Hernando Parks, visit www.hernandorec.com (Pictures and information were gathered from www.hernandorec.com)

If you’re looking for a child-friendly place to eat out, consider Chuck E Cheese’s located at 7178 Desoto Cove in Horn Lake, MS. It’s definitely not the place for a quiet dinner, but with all the pizza, arcades, and prizes, you’re sure to rack up some points as a parent! It’s also a great place for a child’s birthday party!

When all else fails, you can’t beat a good family movie. Southaven’s Desoto Towne Cinema is conveniently located at 7130 Malco Boulevard (just 1 mile from I-55) or check out the new Olive Branch Cinema located at 6430 Goodman Rd. Both cinemas are located near popular restaurants!

For the “outdoorsy” family, consider the Dubb Patton Campground located at 3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd. or Hernando Point at the end of Wheeler Rd. These Arkabutla Lake locations are perfect for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnics. For more information on Arkabutla Lake (and the other many recreational activities Desoto County has to offer), visit www.sodesoto.com.

I’ve been a resident of Desoto County my entire life. It’s a wonderful place to live and a wonderful place to raise children! If you’re looking to build in the Desoto County area, we would love to work with you! Visit www.gustafsonproperties.com and contact us today!

Local Churches

Local Churches For Those New to the Area!

Moving into a new area means plugging into new things- new schools, new activities, and, for many, a new church. As Christians, we want to make sure that any individuals interested in visiting a new church feel welcome and have that opportunity. If you are new to the area and looking to find a new church family, there are plenty to choose from. Obviously, it would be difficult for us to list every church with its contact information here, but one excellent resource for church information is the X-tended Missions Network. You can visit their website at xmn.cc and click the Network Churches tab to obtain a list of all of the local churches that are part of the X-tended Missions Network. Adjusting to a new area can be difficult, but we are confident that you will feel more than welcome at the wonderful church homes in this area, and we wish you the best in settling in!

Are you already part of a church family? Feel free to comment on Facebook under this blog and invite others to your church home!

 

 

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Desoto County Schools

For a parent, moving to a new area means a lot of new changes not only for yourself, but for your children as well. How will they adapt? Where will they plug in? Who will they befriend? Perhaps the most important question raised by parents looking to move is, “How are the school systems in the area?” Our children’s education and well being is of utmost importance (as it should be) and anyone looking to move to the area will likely have several questions they want answered.

If you’re looking to move to Desoto county and want more information on the local school system, visit www.desotocountyschools.org. There you can find a complete list of schools in the area, familiarize yourself with the board members, and locate all of the necessary contact information!

If you are looking to build or buy a new home, visit www.gustafsonproperties.com and contact us today! We would love to work with you!