Dear Readers: Kids can get into some mischief or trouble in the bathroom. Even adults need to be mindful. Here are some hints from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for keeping your bathroom safe and guest-friendly!
* All medications should be labeled and in childproof containers in a cabinet, drawer or closet.
* Rugs in the bathroom are a great idea for preventing slipping on tile or linoleum.
* Keep all electric items, such as curling irons, electric razors and even hair dryers, unplugged and put away safely out of reach of moisture or kids.
* Make sure you have a bathmat or grab bar. This is for you, any guests who may shower and children. Slipping in the shower is no fun at all!
For more safety hints, you can visit the CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov or call 800-638-2772. Stay safe and slip-free! -- Heloise
P.S. Take a good inventory of the bathroom and see if you can spot any problem areas. You might be shocked.
Dear Heloise: The best advice I got was from my grandmother. Back then, we did “spring-cleaning” — rolled up the rugs and took them out for a “beating,” cleaned all the windows inside, flipped mattresses and cleaned out cupboards, etc.
We would always hear Grandma mumbling under her breath, “You fight dirt all your life, then they bury you in it.” So, I quit fighting it. We have so many work-saving hints from your articles that it isn’t necessary anymore. -- Ginger D. in San Antonio
How true! My mother said the same thing: “Clean, dust, scrub, sweep, and the last thing they do is throw a shovelful of dirt in your face!” -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read in your column about a woman who writes on sticky notes the things she needs help with during social events she’s hosting. Her guests can pick from the notes what to help her with.
I tried this last weekend, and it worked FABULOUSLY! It made the day so much more enjoyable for me, and my friends actually appreciated being able to help!
There’s a downside, though. A couple of gals said that now that I ask for help, I can do these brunches more often! -- Wendy R., Lake Forest, Calif.
Don’t you say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” -- Heloise
Dear Readers: If an electrical outlet in your home is not working, try this hint. Before going to the breaker box, plug an appliance that makes noise into the outlet you’re wondering about, such as a hair dryer, razor or blender. Once you flip the switch, you will know you flipped the right one when you hear the appliance running. -- Heloise
SECURING GIFT WRAP
Dear Heloise: Here’s how I secure a whole roll of gift-wrapping paper: Use a paper clip on each end. It might leave a small crimp mark at the end, but who sees that side, anyway? -- Kathy E., via e-mail
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