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Winter is here, get your home ready for the cold months ahead.

Our recent cold snap provides an important reminder for us all to pull out the winter "To-Do" check list and make sure that your home is ready for the cold months ahead. A regular schedule of preventative maintence will help keep your home in tip top shape, and help avoid costly repairs  or problems before they occur. Seasonal maintence doesn't have to be hard or time consuming, a little at a time goes a long way. Here is a list things to consider for this winter season:

-Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
-After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-out valve at the bottom of your hot water tank to control sediment and maintain efficiency.
-Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
-Vacuum bathroom fan grille.
-Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning.
-Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers, and empty and clean drip trays.
-Check pressure gauge on all fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary.
-Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house; ensure family has good security habits.
-Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water; refill with water if necessary.
-Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels — for example, condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems — and take corrective action if necessary. Refer to the About Your House fact sheet Measuring Humidity in Your Home.
-Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair.
-If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
-Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls.
-Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing.
-Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring.
-Examine attic for frost accumulation. Check roof for ice dams or icicles. If there is excessive frost or staining of the underside of the roof, or ice dams on the roof surface, consult the About Your House fact sheet Attic Venting, Attic Moisture and Ice Dams for advice.
-Keep snow clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows.
-Monitor outdoor vents, gas meters and chimneys for ice and snow buildup. Consult with an appropriate contractor or your gas utility for information on how to safely deal with any ice problems you may discover.
-Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety; if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.

Have fun!

A big thanks to Lucas Kirsch and 20/20 Master Home Inspections for the above mentioned comprehensive list.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Light Up Okotoks

Friday, November 22, 6 PM to 9 PM

It's one of my favoriate events of the year. A family celebration to start the holiday season. From visiting with Santa, to the lighting of the Christmas tree and festive activities all through downtown Okotoks, their is something for everyone! The following is a list of activities avaible for this years event with various sponsors contributing. 

Support the Food Bank!

The 18 Wheels of Christmas will be back again this year collecting non-perishable food donations to help those in need over the holiday season. 

At the Olde Towne Plaza

  • Live Performances, 5:30pm–8:30pm
  • Welcome Ceremonies, 6:45pm
  • Santa, 6:50pm
  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting, 7pm

Along Elizabeth Street

  • Ice Sculpture Demo, Municipal Centre, 7pm–9pm
  • Sugar Shack - maple toffee on a stick, 49 Elizabeth St, 6pm–8:30pm
  • Pony petting zoo and photos plus hot chocolate, courtesy of McBride Career Group and Foothills Community Immigrant Services, 6:30pm–8:30pm
  • Cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, hot chocolate, coffee and treats at Danielle Smith's constituency office, 6pm-8pm

At the Okotoks Art Gallery & Okotoks Museum

  • Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating, 6pm–8:30pm (Art Gallery)
  • 'Art in the Attic' Crafts, 6pm-8:30pm (Museum)
  • Photos with Santa, 7:10pm–8:30pm (bring own camera) (outside the Art Gallery)
  • Stop in and drop off new scarves, mitts and toques to the Okotoks Art Gallery to decorate their Tree of Warmth. All of the winter items will be donated to local charities. Until 8:30pm.

Other Downtown Activities

  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (5 teams of horses locations at the east and west ends of downtown), 6pm–8:30pm
  • Fire Pits, 5:30pm–8:30pm
  • Roaming Carollers, 6pm–9pm
  • Dance Performance at Starcast Dance Academy
  • Late Night Shopping, until 9pm.
  • The Olde Towne Christmas Passport is back again this year and kicks off on the night of Light Up! Shop local - with each $10 purchase at a participating store, receive one stamp. When your passport has 10 stamps, simply leave it at that store to be entered into a draw for a $1000 shopping spree in Olde Towne Okotoks!
  • Spirit of Christmas Artisan Market at the Okotoks Art Gallery, 6pm-9pm

At the Okotoks Public Library

  • Free hot chocolate & cookies, 5pm-7:30pm 
  • North of Broadway Show Choir Performance, 6pm-6:30pm
  • Christmas Craft Sale, 5pm-8pm
  • "Small Stuff' Art Show & Sale by Okotoks Artists & Friends, 5pm-8pm
  • Note: the craft sale and art show also run on Saturday from 10am-4pm

The Information booth will also be a collection place for lost children or family members who have become separated. Anyone requiring first aid treatment should also go here.

Fireworks - Produced by GlobalFest!!!
Set yourself up to watch fireworks set off from Lineham Park, sponsored by Okotoks Rentals, 9pm

Please note: Elizabeth Street, McRae Street, and North Railway Street to Lineham Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Credit and a big thanks to Mark Doherty and the Town of Okotoks for the above mentioned itinerary and for putting on such a wonderful event year after year!!!!

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