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Make Your Home Safer This Spring

Four Ways to Improve Projects and Protect Your Home (March 20, 2012)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/12 -- Spring is officially here, and that means it's time to clean up, clear out, and strategically improve your home for seasons to come. "Safety should be a priority for spring projects," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "Safety for you as you work, and safety for your house in general."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following products for safe, successful home improvements.

Making every project safe
"Doing a project right means doing it safely, and 3M TEKK Protection has all the gear you need for a great start," says Segrete. The 3M TEKK Protection Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator screens out dust, fumes and vapors, and keeps you cool and comfortable. The Digital WorkTunes Hearing Protector and AM/FM Stereo Radio allows you to listen to favorite tunes while a built-in decibel limiter helps you work safely. And comfortable Fuel Sport Safety Eyewear protects eyes from projectiles and contaminants. Shop for 3M TEKK Protection at home improvement and hardware stores, and visit

Smarter, quieter garage access
"If your family is like most, you depend on the garage as your real front door," says Kraeutler. "This spring, make the all-important garage door smarter and quieter with a new opener from Chamberlain. The MyQ two-way communication technology helps you control other household devices, like interior lights with the Remote Light Control or Light Switch. And the Chamberlain Battery Back Up Garage Door Opener will continue to open and close your garage door during a power outage." Chamberlain garage door openers install in just a few hours and are available at major home improvement retailers or

A lock on home security
"Many of us rely on security systems to keep our families safe, but alarms don't usually trigger until after an intruder has kicked in a door," says Segrete. "The new Alarmed Lock from Schlage is the first residential door lock that combines the security of a strong, secure lock with the added safeguard of a sensor alarm that sounds when there is activity at the door." The battery-operated Alarmed Lock includes three alarm modes and a lifetime-limited warranty on mechanical components and finish, plus a one-year electronics warranty. Look for the Schlage Alarmed Lock at The Home Depot, Lowe' and or visit

Eco-friendly removal of mold and mildew
"This season, you may find moss, mold, mildew and algae growing on siding, your roof, decks, walkways, and even that patio furniture you left out all winter," says Kraeutler. "Before these growths lead to costly repairs, clear them away with just one application of eco-friendly Wet & Forget. There's no scrubbing, rinsing or powerwashing involved, and the formula works with the wind and rain to gently clean surfaces over time." Wet & Forget is non-caustic, non-acidic and contains no bleach. Find it at Ace Hardware and Walmart, or visit

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