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9 Safety Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Fire Free

National Fire Safety Week is a way to spotlight fire safety and prevention.

Whether you are a home owner or renter, the latest National Fire Protection Association research found that cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.

Here are 9 helpful safety tips to help you prevent kitchen fires:

  1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

  3. Stay in the house and pay attention to what is happening. Many fires start because people do not check what they are cooking regularly.

  5. Always use a timer. It will remind you that food is cooking.

  7. Always keep a lid or baking soda close when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.

  9. If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible.

  11. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.

  13. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

  15. Keep anything that can burn away from your stovetop, especially potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, and towels.

  17. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

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Photo Credit: Fdmount via Flickr

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We Can Help You Move Anywhere in the World

Are you thinking of moving out of state, or anywhere in the world? Reinhart can assist you with your move.

Reinhart is part of an elite network of independent real estate firms, united under the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World banner.

For concierge real estate services anywhere in the world, Reinhart is the best place to begin.

For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, call us today at  734-747?7888.

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DIY Weekend Project: Add Texture to Your Kitchen With a Wine Cork Backsplash

Are you looking for a project involving all of the wine corks you have been saving?  Try creating a wine cork backsplash for your kitchen.

Things you’ll need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Utility Knife

This is an effective way to get a larger surface area, too, because you will end up with double the amount of corks.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Measure the dimensions of the backsplash area in your kitchen.
  2. Slice the corks in half, lengthwise, with a utility knife. The flat side of the cork will be pressed up against the wall, while the rounded side will face out.
  3. Glue the wine corks together by rows using the hot glue gun.
  4. Glue the individual rows together by applying glue from the hot glue gun in between the rows. Attach the rows until you reach the desired width for your backsplash. Allow the backsplash to dry for at least 24 hours before mounting.
  5. Mount the backsplash to the section in the kitchen where you wish to hang it, flat end against the wall. You can use the hot glue gun to mount it, since wine cork is lightweight, by applying the glue directly over the tile of the wall and pressing the backsplash into it. Hold the backsplash in place with your hands until it feels strong enough for you to let go.

Adding a Wine Cork Backsplash in your kitchen is an effective way to add texture to your space.

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Summertime in the Ann Arbor Region

There is always something to do in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Saline and the surrounding communities. From the Ann Arbor Art Fair to going kayaking down the Huron River, townies and tourists alike are able to enjoy the magnificent mix of city advantages and scenic beauty.

What do you love most about summertime in the Ann Arbor region?

Share a photo of your favorite summer activity on our Facebook page or email them to Megan Crosbie.

Voting for the best “Summertime in the Ann Arbor Region” photo will take place in August. In addition to the fame that comes with winning this contest, the winner will also receive a $25 gift card to their favorite local restaurant!

Take a look at a few of the photos we have already received:

Rolling Sculpture Car Show in downtown Ann Arbor


Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor

Ingenex Digital Marketing’s DigitalBus at Sonic Lunch


The Michigan Theater


The Huron River


> Click here to see all of the photos that have been submitted.

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7 Super Easy Ways to Change up Your Commute

Tired of high gas prices? Want some exercise on your way to work? Just looking for a change of pace? No matter your reason, trying an alternative commute can be easy and fun. Don’t believe me? Here are 7 super easy ways to change up your commute, starting today.

1)   Google Maps is for more than just driving directions: Ever notice the little bus, walk, and bike icons when searching for driving directions on Google Maps? It just so happens that you can find bus, walk and bike directions on Google Maps just as easy as you can find driving directions!

2)   Try it on a sunny day: If you’ve ever wanted to start biking or walking to work, picking a sunny day can make all of the difference. That way, you don’t have to worry about the weather getting in the way of a great commute.

3)   Use your go!pass: Work in downtown Ann Arbor? Have a go!pass? Then you get unlimited rides on all TheRide buses, discounts on other transportation choices, and tons more. Don’t know about the go!pass? Learn more at getDowntown.org/bus.

4)   Ask around the office: Chances are someone at your office already walks, bikes or buses to work. So if you’re curious about an alternative commute, check and see if someone at work already knows the ropes. Looking for a carpool partner? That woman in the next cubicle may live two blocks away.

5)   Try it just once a week: Even biking, busing, carpool, or walking to work just one day a week can make a huge difference for your pocketbook at your waste-line. So don’t worry if one day a week is all you’ve got.

6)   Be creative! Walk to work and run home. Carpool with a friend to a Park & Ride Lot and take the bus to work. Put your bike on the bus and then bike home. There’s no end to the ways you can change up your commute. All you need is a little creativity and a sense of adventure.

7)   Contact getDowntown: If you work in downtown Ann Arbor, the getDowntown Program is here to make it stupid easy for you to try a new commute. Contact us at info@getdowntown.org for customized commuting information.


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