Monday, June 14, 2010

Using Home Depot Coupon Codes

The do-it-yourself market is booming as more people want to make changes or updates to their homes without paying the expensive labor fees and high markup costs that come with hiring other people or contractors to make home improvements. Whether you want to paint your home, build a deck, install new lighting fixtures, or anything in between, tutorials and books have made it easier to do it yourself, saving you the stress of spending an arm and a leg.

 Home Depot is a popular store for professionals as well as homeowners who need supplies for their home or work projects. While buying the materials and doing the work yourself is definitely cheaper, there are ways that you can save even more money on your purchases from this store. You can use Home Depot coupon codes when shopping online to help you save money that you wouldn't otherwise be able to save in stores. They are also great for people who don't have a Home Depot in their area but still want to make purchases there.

 Using this type of code is easy--you just have to know where to find them and how to apply them to your purchases. Often, the store's site itself will have offer codes that you can enter into a specified field as you check out. Or, there are websites that list coupon codes from a variety of online retailers for you to use. These codes are typically a combination of words and numbers, like "25OFF." Once entered, the savings are automatically applied to your cart. Once you find a coupon code that you want to use, just copy and paste it into the field as you check out. It's important to make sure that you read the limitations, as there are often exclusions, and make sure to use the code by the expiration date.

Five Rules to Keep Your Above Ground Pool Safe for Children

An above ground pool is a great way to enjoy summer weather. Just because it's fun for you doesn't mean it isn't a dangerous place for kids. Nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year in the U.S. In the sunniest states, Arizona, Florida and California, drowning is the most common cause of accidental death among children in that same age group.

Think back to the first time you saw a swimming pool as a child. Remember how it glimmered and rippled, how it reflected and enticed? A swimming pool is a child magnet. Memories of good times spent poolside make children forget the dangers. A serene, placid surface beckons them. Floating toys belie the peril. To prevent a tragedy from occurring in your above ground pool, there are a few common sense rules you should follow.

1. Don't leave children unattended in the pool area. That is the most important rule. Attended means an adult or lifeguard is supervising them, not merely in attendance or napping nearby.

2. Teach your kids to float on their backs as early as possible. Show them how to relax and stay above water. Teach them to tread water with the dog paddle stroke.

3. While you're away from home, keep trespassers out of your above ground pool by building a tall fence with a locking gate. Most insurance policies require this for homeowner policy coverage.

4. Keep a life preserver or other flotation device poolside. A poolside phone connected to a landline is also a good idea, in case of emergency.

5. Clear the pool area at night. Remove all toys and balls. If your pool has a portable staircase, remove it tool.

These few rules and some vigilance will keep your above ground pool safe for all the children in your neighborhood, not just your own.