Face it, you're making a small leap of faith when you fill a glass with tap water and hand it to a young child -- or for that matter, when you down it yourself. You're trusting that it is safe and healthful, and that you're not ingesting harmful contaminants such as lead.
Considering how much of the Washington area housing stock was built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned by law, the new EPA rules set to kick in next Thursday will affect a lot of us. As of then, contractors working on all but the tiniest home-repair jobs will have to abide by strict rules designed to keep lead-laden dust contained to the work area and cleaned up thoroughly when the job is done.
A big hats-off the the meterologists at Accuweather. They forecast our unusually snowy winter back in July.
Well, the Thanksgiving-through-New Year's holiday marathon is over. All that's left is to un-decorate the house, haul a dead evergreen out to the curb...and regain my composure. While this year's festivities are still fresh on my mind, I resolve (again) to make next year's holidays more efficient and less stressful. Here are my resolutions:
First the weather forecasters talked about "some" snow this weekend. Then they started throwing the "significant" word around. Now they're saying it could be five inches of the stuff. And on a weekend! To this Pennsylvania-born girl that's pretty exciting news. And yes I will be rushing to the store to stock up on groceries, because I always do at the end of the week. I even need to stock up on toilet paper. Honest, I do.
December 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET |
Categories: Fortress Home , Home features , Neighborhoods , Outdoors , Poll , Remodeling and repair , Weekend Poll
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My daughter and I both received an alarming text message on our cellphones today. At least the message might have been alarming if we had ATM cards issued by the Treasury Department's credit union.