If you’re still struggling to keep the winter blues at bay, here are six more do-it-yourself jobs that you can do at home.


  1. Check and replace carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

If you hate waking up to the sound of a smoke detector warning you of a dying battery, then take this time to replace all the batteries in these devices at the same time every year.


  1. Ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets.

Now’s a great time to test the outlets you’ve probably gone without testing for far too long. They’re located around potentially wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor receptacles. Make sure the device trips and resets. If it fails to do either of these things, now would be a good time to replace it or to schedule a visit from your local electrician.


  1. Clean the exhaust filter for the kitchen stove.

When you remove the grease, you increase the efficiency of your exhaust vent. Also, if a stovetop kitchen fire breaks out, this will prevent it from spreading.


  1. Clean the clothes dryer vent.

Pull the dryer away from the wall, disconnect the vent pipe and vacuum out the lint from it and where it connects to the dryer. Also, be sure to wipe off your exterior dryer vent so the flap opens and closes easily. You’ll need to go outside for that, but it shouldn’t take very long. Vents clogged with old dryer lint are the leading cause of house fires.


  1. Drain and inspect all hoses.

Inspect your clothes washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator. If you see any cracks or drips, replace the hose so you don’t have a bigger problem later.


  1. Replace electrical cords.

Replace any that are brittle, are cracking or have damaged plugs. Eliminate as many extension cords as possible and make sure devices such as computers are plugged into a surge protector.


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