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Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

We all live our lives day to day thinking that nothing bad will happen. We never think that we will be the ones dealing with the cleanup of a house fire. Unfortunately, there are many, many families that suffer the impact of house fires each year. Last year, a close friend of mine was a victim of a house fire and since then, my life has been different. I have spent many hours researching fire prevention, causes, and teaching children about fire prevention and what to do in the case of a fire. It is my hope that my research can help those of you concerned about house fires make the necessary changes in your home and teach your kids what they need to know about fire.



Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

Consider Crushed Concrete In Your Landscape Design

by Pedro Taylor

You're increasingly looking for environmentally friendly features to incorporate into your home renovation and landscaping ventures. When you're thinking of adding landscaping features such as small stones or paved areas, consider using crushed concrete. In the construction industry, this material is known as recycled concrete aggregate. It's available from landscaping supply centers.

About Crushed Concrete

A great deal of material is salvaged when contractors demolish old sidewalks, parking lots, bridges and other structures made from concrete. Some of it is pulverized to make an affordable and green alternative to substances such as asphalt, new poured concrete and stone from quarries. 

Good Uses for Crushed Concrete

Crushed concrete is excellent for pathways in the garden and elsewhere on the property. You can have a path consisting entirely of the crushed material or set it up to look like stepping blocks separated by grass. After people walk on it frequently, the material packs down nicely.

Instead of ordering stones or gravel for rock beds around buildings and around bushes and other plants, use crushed concrete as an alternative. Terraced gardens and retaining walls can be created with the material as well.

If you have areas on your property that tend to stay wet and soggy after it rains, doing some excavation there and adding a layer of crushed concrete can do wonders for helping the water drain faster. 

Crushed concrete generally isn't suitable for surfacing a driveway because it is uneven in size compared with specific loads of pea gravel or other rock materials that driveway contractors use. Landscapers also tend to advise against using it for patios because the uneven surface causes problems with furniture being unstable. However, crushed concrete is useful for creating a base upon which other paving can be done.

Advantages of Recycled Concrete

When you choose crushed concrete for landscaping, it doesn't need to be dug up from a quarry, and you help keep this used material from going to waste. It's also cheaper than getting new concrete poured.

Unlike fully paved paths, the stone allows rainwater and melted snow to drain away consistently rather than puddle up on paved surfaces.

Where to Get Crushed Concrete

Call landscaping companies in your area to learn which ones supply this material. You may be able to buy it from the company and have it delivered so you can do your own project, or you can choose to have the landscaping service create the features you have in mind. To learn more, contact a company like McDonald Garden Center with any questions you have.