Lewis Maclean February 2019

Allergy-Friendly Valentines for Your Child’s Classmates Safe and Sweet

For many homeowners, the boiler is shrouded in mystery. It’s a complex but often efficient system designed to heat water for several different purposes, from hot baths and showers to heating the home itself. But when you mix water with, well, just about anything, you are left with a recipe for corrosion, mineral buildup, and leaks. Because of this, maintaining your home’s boiler is of paramount importance. When you skip maintenance, the boiler can be one of the most expensive systems to repair or replace. Here’s what you can do to keep your boiler in tip-top shape and ensure you don’t have to worry. The Annual Inspection It goes without saying, but a routine inspection of a boiler (as with any system in the home) will catch current and potential problems. Our patented Lewis MacLean inspections were specifically created to diagnose costly problems that your boiler may encounter in the future. We’re here to help keep your home’s system running at peak performance so you can avoid those huge bills later on. Regular Maintenance Sometimes our inspections will catch issues that need to be addressed. A part may need to be replaced, or a portion of the system may need cleaning. When it comes to boilers, because they cycle water through their system, they often do need some sort of maintenance — it just comes with the territory. If your boiler is behind on inspection or maintenance, there’s no better time than the present to schedule an inspection. An inspection is one of the best things you can do for your boiler — and your wallet. Just give us a call, and we’ll get you set up with one of our technicians. It’s that easy! HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME’S BOILER RUNNING AT PEAK PERFORMANCE Boiled Over

For a parent of a child with allergies, every day can feel like a battle with food labels and ingredients

lists — and Valentine’s Day only exacerbates this fear.

Avoid the danger of an allergic reaction on Valentine’s Day by creating alternative, candy- free valentines that the whole class will enjoy! Get Creative This valentine idea taps into

your kids’ desire to create by using commonly found household items. Have your children draw pictures, create cards, mould tiny sculptures, or braid together

friendship bracelets to create one-of-a-kind gifts that will be safe for their classmates to enjoy. Kids can put their own effort into gift-giving, and their valentines will have a personal touch candy cannot replicate. Think Like a Kid If you’re looking for a creative valentine that will be safe for all your child’s friends to play with, check no further than the toy aisle of your local dollar store. While being mindful of latex allergies, you can purchase little toys that kids will love that won’t break your bank. Think bouncy balls, mini skateboards, Army men, yo-yos, puzzles, rubber ducks, hand-held games, markers, or bubbles. Adorn these little gifts with yarn, ribbons, or personalized tags, and slap on cute sayings to make them fit for the holiday. Finish off the masterpiece by having your kiddo sign their name on each valentine, and you’ve got a kid-approved Valentine’s Day favourite. Fancy Up Some Fruit If you’re worried about food allergies but still want to make a yummy treat, ask your child’s teacher for a list of students’ allergies, then just work around them. Fruits are usually a safe bet, but it’s best to double check. You could skewer strawberries and heart-shaped pieces of watermelon onto kabob sticks for a sweet and fun snack, or pass out goody bags with apples, bananas, and clementines. Offering a group snack that is allergy- friendly will keep your children and their friends safe and healthy, and it can also help children with allergies feel included in the festivities. As with all Valentine’s Day gifts, keep in mind that it’s not the item or money spent that means the most. It’s the thought behind each gift that makes receiving valentines the sweetest part.

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