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Question:
Are there any resources on post to help me learn about home maintenance and improvements?

Answer:
If you live in Government quarters, you should have access to a Self-Help store on post. They typically stock standard supplies needed to maintain a home (e.g., heater filters, shower heads, curtain rods, grass seed and lawn fertilizer) as well as some equipment that you can borrow (e.g., lawn mowers, edgers, hedge clippers and other gardening tools, ladders, etc.) and can often give you some instructions. Many of the large home improvement stores offer home repair/improvement demonstrations and sell books and videos in this area. You can also find books and videos on home repairs and improvements in your local libraries and book stores, as well as on TV and the Internet.

Question:
How often should I replace the batteries in my smoke detector?

Answer:
Smoke detector batteries should be replaced on a regular basis. One easy way to remember when to change them is to change them in the spring/fall when you adjust your clocks one hour (ahead/back).

Question:
What hazardous materials (HAZMAT) should I be aware of in my home?

Answer:
Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) are any items that can eventually become hazardous waste when discarded improperly such as: items that contain corrosive chemicals; those that pose a fire hazard during routine handling; reactive materials which can react spontaneously if exposed to (or combined with) air, water, or other chemicals; and toxic materials that may release toxicants or poisons in sufficient quantities to pose a substantial health hazard. Some products that you may find in or around your home that are considered hazardous materials and may require special handling are: certain cleaning agents and germicides, medications, rubbing alcohol, gasoline, kerosene, batteries, paint, nail polish, fertilizer, fluids for your automobile, and insect repellants. Contact your military community’s Environmental Safety Office or the Environmental Protection Agency for more information.

Question:
What is a home safety checklist?

Answer:
A home safety checklist is a list of items or situations in your home that you should check on periodically to reduce and eliminate accidents in your home and establish procedures to follow in the event of danger that threatens the safety of you and your family.

Question:
Who should I call in a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situation?

Answer:
Contact your local police or fire department for assistance with a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situation. Your military community’s Environmental Safety Office or the Environmental Protection Agency can also provide more information about hazardous materials.
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