Shag Carpet and our stories of DIY gone wrong and how to prevent it - Around the House® Home Improvement

Episode 1231

Shag Carpet and our stories of DIY gone wrong and how to prevent it

With more than 50 years of combined experience Eric Goranson and Caroline Blazovsky have seen a lot go on around the house. This episode is jamb packed with personal stories about disasters inside your home that can easily be avoided. It could be dealing with someone that is transitioning into a memory care facility to a microwave fire there are simple things that can prevent these disasters.  

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[00:00:28] Eric Goranson: That liner has to be the same width is the cooking surface below it. So the metal inside hassle. Four feet wide by the, or the depth of the range, basically. So then you put the wood on that. You can't have anything combustible over that. It's around

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[00:00:47] Eric Goranson: to remodeling and renovating your home.

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[00:00:51] Caroline Blazovsky : we got you covered. This is around the

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[00:01:05] Caroline Blazovsky : Caroline.

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[00:01:23] Caroline Blazovksy: to. Yes. Thank you guys. Thanks for listening to us. We, we enjoy being here for you and giving all the latest home improvement information and

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[00:01:35] Eric Goranson: If there's something that you want to hear us talk about, head over to around the house, online dot Tom, and over there, just, and contact us over there, putting a message in over there. I just got one today from a guy that, uh, was wanting to know what a couple of the songs were that were in the music. He was like, Hey, yeah, came in today, ask what they were.

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[00:02:14] Caroline Blazovksy: secret keeper.

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[00:02:20] Eric Goranson: Yeah. Everything before we go on the air. Right.

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[00:02:43] Caroline Blazovksy: Talk about it's homeowner mistakes. Look it guys. It's your fault. You guys screw up and it's not your contractor.

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[00:02:57] Eric Goranson: No question, no question. You know, one of the [00:03:00] biggest ones that I think that happened as far as injuries, especially with people that as they get older or falls, and a lot of times that's clutter inside your house, you know, I

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[00:03:15] Caroline Blazovksy: And so we had Andrew Guido on, right. Uh, how long we were talking about, I think it was Andrew Guidothat was talking about hardware. It was somebody, one of our recent guests talked about the idea of having, um, it was talking about that you should always have hardwood floors. You should always have hard surfaces for cleaning.

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[00:03:48] Caroline Blazovksy: Cause if you. And you accidentally trip, you break a hip, you break an arm, you hit tile. You're done. So I actually recommend carpet for a lot of my clients as they get older, because [00:04:00] it's, you have to look at the client themselves and not just look at okay, what's healthy, but what's healthy for you.

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[00:04:08] Eric Goranson: So now let me be devil's advocate on that. As a designer that was trained in designing for people with multiple abilities, it can be really hard if you've got a mixture of hard surfaces and softer surfaces, like carpet with walkers and wheelchairs. If you have that transition between carpet and hard. So it's, it's, it's a tough place to go with.

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[00:04:52] Eric Goranson: Very true, but I tell you what, I hate the look of office complex carpet.

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[00:05:00] Eric Goranson: I want everything. I want everything. I'm the designer here. I want everything. Well, one thing you can do, I am a bread. No question. One thing you can do though, is you can lift up the tile. So it's at the same surface as the carpet. So you can bring those to a closer one.

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[00:05:37] Caroline Blazovksy: And this is all for our older clients too.

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[00:05:55] Eric Goranson: have to use HEPA? Well, because many times when you're over 65 and even over [00:06:00] 75, You already got a potential for lung issues because, you know, if you end up coming down with pneumonia or something like that, that's one of the larger causes of death with somebody that's over the age of 75.

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[00:06:13] Caroline Blazovksy: HEPA filtration actually improves your cardiovascular function by 8%. So like without taking a drug without doing anything from a pharmacological perspective, you can actually increase your cardiovascular function. That's pretty cool. Right? 8% of all.

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[00:06:36] Eric Goranson: Oh yeah. I mean,

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[00:06:48] Eric Goranson: leave a footprint of where you stood when he got out of this. Like a big one, like you were stepping in concrete.

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[00:06:55] Caroline Blazovksy: the bathmats like? That was like the seventies and eighties. It was like

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[00:07:12] Caroline Blazovksy: writing ourselves.

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[00:07:24] Eric Goranson: There's my carpet, the bathroom music.

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[00:07:31] Eric Goranson: go.

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[00:07:37] Eric Goranson: that's the bad part, you know? And ah, And there's just nothing more nasty though, than than bathroom.

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[00:07:48] Eric Goranson: show because you know, there's something that's close. I will say there's something that's close. The carpeted toilet seat covers. That's what I was

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[00:07:57] Caroline Blazovksy: ago, I was saying member carbon

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[00:07:59] Eric Goranson: I'm just saying [00:08:00] that's the, that's the thing that's close. You know, I'm I'm, I'm agreeing. I

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[00:08:07] Caroline Blazovsky : on that.

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[00:08:17] Eric Goranson: It's just not good. I mean, and, and those things, I mean, you think about it every time, the toilet flushes atomizes right. And now you have this atomization catcher

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[00:08:33] Eric Goranson: It's like a Petri dish, all in one spot.

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[00:08:38] Eric Goranson: Not anywhere near the toilet. It's 12 feet away. You're going to have a vent fan. That is whenever I'm in there. That turns on automatically over the next to the steam shower and the toilet. So there's already negative air coming out of that. Panasonic vent fan. You got it. Super quiet. So, yeah, it's, that's what that is though.

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[00:09:14] Eric Goranson: I was walking the parade of homes. You know, when we had that the live event out there, I was at one of the builders and I'll say it now. Cause the show's over one of the builders put down polished marble tile in the master bathroom flip and fall. Oh my gosh. This is like walking on ice. I looked at that.

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[00:09:52] Eric Goranson: welcome back to around the house with Eric G and Caroline B your home improvement stores every week. Thanks for joining [00:10:00] us. Hey, and if you listen to us on the radio, make sure you catch the podcast anywhere you catch podcasts, including on Facebook. Now we are actually, uh, if you go over to round the house show on Facebook, we have the podcast.

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[00:10:21] Caroline Blazovksy: cool. Can I, can I share that up as well? I haven't done it

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[00:10:30] Eric Goranson: So we'll take it.

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[00:10:55] Caroline Blazovksy: It's the homeowner things that you do as homeowners to create your own [00:11:00] problems?

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[00:11:19] Eric Goranson: Oh, I'll put it on there. I'm going to take it upstairs. Right. Those kind of things. And that can be really bad because if you've got the laundry in the basement, you're carrying that down. Or you're a parent and you're carrying a kid, never want to do that stuff. Or like me when I was eight. We used to me and my three younger brothers, we would take pillows and laundry baskets and ride them down.

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[00:11:42] Caroline Blazovksy: so, okay. Question runner on the stairs or no runner on hardwood stairs. And I've actually taken many slips and falls with socks on hardwood floor with no runner. Okay. So like I'll hit the bottom step and feet go up and you're done. So what do you think about a runner

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[00:11:59] Eric Goranson: I [00:12:00] kind of liked the runner for traction. Um, I do, even though style-wise, it doesn't really fit my style. It needs smart for safety. Um, when I did LVP on my stairs, cause I, I we're going to be tearing the stairs out and redoing them and doing a different railing on it. So I didn't want to put in my, my hardwood yet on the stairs.

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[00:12:39] Eric Goranson: So it's really cool. That little lip, it's not much, it's probably a 16th of a niche, but it's enough to have.

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[00:12:47] Caroline Blazovksy: anything else besides a runner that you could do from a home improvement standpoint that is maybe, you know, cause I agree with you from an aesthetic standpoint, it's not really my style either.

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[00:13:05] Eric Goranson: want something that looks good. Um, I have seen people go through there and do a rougher finished surface on the hardwoods, on the stairs a little bit to not make it so slick.

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[00:13:35] Caroline Blazovksy: Yeah. So it's a tiny bullnose and it's like, is it just you're actually.

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[00:13:44] Eric Goranson: Yeah. So like, in my situation, it was almost like it was a piece of molding. You had the flooring that was down there and then you put that bull nose over the top fits. So it only stuck up, you know, just a little bad. But tiny.

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[00:14:09] Caroline Blazovksy: No, I'm telling you, I mean, I'm the same way I had to put a runner in my home because I have a tendency to just fly down the stairs.

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[00:14:23] Caroline Blazovsky : the air. So.

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[00:14:43] Eric Goranson: And

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[00:14:48] Eric Goranson: Northeast we have national code, but it still does to check your local area. Especially down into a basement, but you know, you want it so you can't get the kids [00:15:00] had through the railings.

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[00:15:16] Eric Goranson: That's one of them. Now, one of the things that I know this is a big deal to you because you're air testing all the time, but just poisonous stuff in your home. And of course the mixing of chemicals inside your home can be. Super dangerous. I

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[00:15:41] Caroline Blazovksy: Oh yeah. Clutter, such a huge problem because you cannot clean around clutter, which means you're going to get a lot of dust and dander. And so people don't realize this. They think dander. When I say dander, what do you think of dander? You think pets, right? You automatically think, yeah. Cats, dogs, birds, whatever, but we share.[00:16:00]

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[00:16:02] Caroline Blazovksy: animal shed, but we shed like you're not hyperallergenic Eric. Eric is not, no, no. We shed our skin cells all the time. So we shed dander. So we're not, hyperallergenic some of us shed more than others. We shed hair, shed dander, and this stuff all accumulates in the house. And so if you're not cleaning and you have a lot of clutter, guess what happens?

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[00:16:25] Caroline Blazovsky : so what feeds now

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[00:16:43] Caroline Blazovksy: People say, well, what's the big deal. If I'm storing stuff,

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[00:17:03] Eric Goranson: Wow.

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[00:17:05] Caroline Blazovksy: not good. And not mix chemicals. First don't even use bleach on mold anymore. That's the old antiquated. We don't do that anymore. We've found studies have shown us that actually mixing bleach with mold and specially if you have toxic mold contributed to people actually developing cancer in mold project.

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[00:17:27] Eric Goranson: recommend that. Yeah. So that's chloramine is what that does. Now, if you take, and I'm not going to give you guys a whole recipe here of how to. You know, things of mass death here, but if you mix rubbing alcohol and bleach, that is some of the ingredients for a core form, hydrochloric acid and chlorine acetone.

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[00:17:58] Caroline Blazovksy: use hydrogen [00:18:00] peroxide. Just use hydrogen peroxide, mild soaps, detergents, healthy cleaners. I mean, you can do this. You don't need all these toxic chemicals. Trust me to clean your house.

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[00:18:09] Eric Goranson: That's a really bad one that I want you to talk about here. I'm Eric G I'm Caroline. And you're listening to

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[00:18:50] Eric Goranson: Welcome back to around the house with Eric G and Caroline B, your home of rumen source every weekend. This is not your grandmother and [00:19:00] grandfather's home improvement show. We can promise you that. Hey Caroline. Hey,

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[00:19:10] Caroline Blazovksy: No, he's not your grandparents.

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[00:19:35] Caroline Blazovksy: member of the shut.

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[00:19:49] Eric Goranson: what did you do? Do you have to rake out the sand at the sand trap? It's the same one. Go rake the out.

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[00:20:00] Caroline Blazovksy: is, I saw it like, I don't know, six months, maybe three months ago I saw shag carpet and I'm thinking, how the heck do you clean this? I mean, there's no possible way to clean it. It's just like a cesspool for like dander and pets and dogs and people.

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[00:20:20] Eric Goranson: I just can't think of anything more gross to me that having the cat box near the carpet and all that dust and everything getting down in there.

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[00:20:43] Caroline Blazovksy: So it has like, I guess it automatically knows when the cat pee or poops and then it just like scoops it and puts it into a baggie. And then you just it's ready to go and you throw it out and goals at the 600.

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[00:21:03] Eric Goranson: Come on everything electronic has that thing. You know what, our honor we're on our phones. We're like, Hey, what just happened? What just died? What happened? Or you're using your cable box? All of a sudden everything locks up. Everything has that little sideways thing. Right?

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[00:21:27] Caroline Blazovsky : Where's the low-key I don't know.

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[00:22:04] Eric Goranson: You just gotta be.

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[00:22:22] Eric Goranson: Yeah. Now your clothes off in front of everybody. That's what it was.

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[00:22:29] Eric Goranson: God. We're going to strike it in

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[00:22:39] Eric Goranson: There's nobody behind you. Yeah. So bad. I mean, you know, it's, it's bad cause you know, we're, we're cruising up on Halloween. Thanksgiving's around the corner, which is scary to say, but how many times do we see on the news?

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[00:23:01] Caroline Blazovksy: I know I'm afraid of them. I'm honestly, I get, I get real nervous with those. Do you know anything? Have you ever done one? I've never been,

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[00:23:10] Eric Goranson: One time when you're trying to sell them at this company I was working with and you gotta be careful first off, the worst thing you can do is to drop a frozen Turkey in there. Cause that's how you burn your house down. And if you want to see what that does, go to YouTube and type. Frozen Turkey fryer.

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[00:23:56] Eric Goranson: So you've got an atomized oil flame. [00:24:00] Boom. There you go. I mean, even when

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[00:24:13] Caroline Blazovksy: I just, I stay away from that. That

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[00:24:15] Eric Goranson: sounds like dangerous. You gotta be really careful. I, they taste wonderful. Don't get me. Yeah. And I've done them, but you can't, that is something that you go out and do on a concrete pad. You dress appropriately, you're wearing a face shield. You're using the right stuff.

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[00:25:00] Eric Goranson: You know, there's a big trend that's been going on for a number of years, you know, the wood decorative hoods that go over the top of your Cooktown. Yeah.

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[00:25:08] Eric Goranson: bad, I have helped probably a dozen people in the last couple of months. On social media that we're trying to design their own kitchen, which I don't recommend.

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[00:25:44] Eric Goranson: That liner has to be the same width as the cooking surface below it. So the metal inside has to be four feet wide by the, by the depth of the range based on. Hmm. So then you put the wood on that. You can't have anything [00:26:00] combustible over that. So if you've got a 48 inch range, for instance, and you've got a, a wood hood and you want to have like the beautiful decorative traditional core bowls or whatever under that, that could be a 54 inch range hood over the top of the 48, just to get the word out on the rain.

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[00:26:18] Caroline Blazovksy: That's what I was going to say. Like, when I think about. Would hood, it sounds dangerous. Like it sounds like something that could ignite at any given

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[00:26:38] Eric Goranson: And then the wood can go as big as you want. I mean, I've done a, a 10 foot Longwood hood before it was insane. This was 20 years ago for this crazy kitchen and it was awesome. It was this big arched panel. That was massive, but you just gotta be careful with that. And of course, that leads to, to ventilation issues and everything else.

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[00:27:01] Caroline Blazovsky : no makeup

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[00:27:05] Eric Goranson: serious makeup. You

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[00:27:07] Caroline Blazovksy: to bring, if you're taking air out people, you've got to bring in some type of air, whether you have individual events or you have an ERV, if you don't, you know, sometimes your, your stove won't even start because you've got too much pressure going to the outside.

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[00:27:26] Eric Goranson: Yeah. When we come back here, let's go out to break here in a second. But when we come back, I want to tell a story that maybe helps with people that are dealing with elderly parents. Maybe they're, they're working their way towards a memory care facility.

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[00:28:05] Eric Goranson: Let's talk about that when we return just as soon as around the house returns,

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[00:28:33] Eric Goranson: You know, those hoods do not do a great job. Removing those pollutants and moisture from the air. Gotta have that air vented outside when you're cooking. Make sure you're actually using that hood to get all that bad air outside of your kitchen and not moving. If you have a larger hood over his 400 CFM, make sure you hook up makeup hair to replace that air.

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[00:29:11] Eric Goranson: Welcome back to around the house with Eric G and Caroline B. We're been talking about those disasters that might be prevented around the house

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[00:29:29] Eric Goranson: So I was dating this girl and she lived in the lower half of this house.

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[00:29:56] Eric Goranson: And so I said, you know, let's be cool and put [00:30:00] fire extinguishers on either side outside of the kitchen. So not under the scene could not anywhere under the, cause it was a cooktop at ovens, not close in there. Let's just put them outside there because I was just worried about a fire in there of him creating something, maybe running something in the microwave too long or whatever.

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[00:30:42] Eric Goranson: And I hear the smoke detector go off upstairs. And I'm like, Then I hear the second one go off and I'm like, holy crap. And so I knocked on the bathroom door and said, fire upstairs. I'm heading. Get the kids out. So I go running upstairs [00:31:00] and he unfortunately had taken one of those big, you know, like those truck stops 64 ounce coffee mugs.

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[00:31:26] Eric Goranson: And he doesn't know well enough, he's got a kitchen towel and he's trying to bash in flinging the towel to put it out, but he didn't know enough to turn the burner off. First. All of a sudden I had like 10 spot fires in there too. Like the mail was burning over here on the other side of the. 'cause he had flung a big piece of plastic over there and it was, you know, the whole room was on fire.

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[00:32:07] Eric Goranson: I mean, I was just, I was, you know, hitting him. Right. And I used both of those, getting it out. And then there was the massive cleanup in the house. Cause I, you know, I had, uh, her mom opened up the sliding glass doors and all this stuff cause it was a view house. So then I was like, get those open, let's get the smoke out of here.

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[00:32:37] Caroline Blazovksy: I think we're all like one minute away from that story too. I mean, I can think right off the top of my head, I've got friends right now whose family members are having cognitive problems.

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[00:32:58] Eric Goranson: one 10 plugin [00:33:00] fryers at the little basket you can fry stuff with. Right? Yeah. And he,

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[00:33:14] Caroline Blazovksy: And he, it blew up in his face and he burned to death. I mean, he died. So these are were, I mean, and this was two, two people sitting here talking about house fires and people near death experiences and, and a death experience that this is something you really need to take serious. And it's, it's.

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[00:33:33] Eric Goranson: Now I've got two in the kitchen. I've got two in the garage and they're not the little tiny ones these are full on. I know where they are. I know where they go, you know, those kinds of things. And

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[00:33:50] Caroline Blazovksy: It's right. It's a beige one. So it kind of blends in, you know, but it's right there. It's out in the open and the other one of course is hidden in the closet, but. No, I agree there. You need to be able to [00:34:00] get to these

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[00:34:05] Eric Goranson: Where if you've got a fire, you can get it and bring it into the room. Yeah. Because if it's under the stove, you're in

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[00:34:21] Caroline Blazovksy: I mean, no one's ever said anything.

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[00:34:39] Eric Goranson: And here's another one of those things I want to talk about when we're talking about fire safety too. And this is a big one and this is going to be eagerness windows. People going, what's an egress window. So you know, how many people take that, that basement cellar and converted into bedrooms. You've got to have a [00:35:00] second way of escaping out of there.

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[00:35:23] Eric Goranson: And what an egress window is, it's basically designed for a firefighter with an air pack in to be able to step through that window opening and rescue someone. That's the design for that. And so many older homes. You've got this little tiny window down there that was just for ventilation now little box window.

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[00:35:56] Eric Goranson: So for it to be counted as a bedroom and most areas, you [00:36:00] have to have that egress window in there anywhere anyway, in that space. So just make sure you've got that egress window. That can be. You know, if you're paying somebody you're probably four or five grand to have somebody come do it, you can do it yourself for probably under two at the time you buy a window.

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[00:36:22] Caroline Blazovksy: amazing advice. I, um, I ended up getting, cause you know, obviously when he died in the fire, it was so traumatic. Bought the, those hook ladders that you can throw out the window. See on the second floor she could get out. Yeah. See, I mean, and I never had ever thought about it till I lost someone in a fire that was tremendously close to me.

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[00:36:54] Eric Goranson: I can't tell you how many times that I've had, um, that I've repaired kitchens and my career [00:37:00] of microwave fires.

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[00:37:17] Eric Goranson: Oh God, an extra zero on that microwave. You're not in the room. So we always have a rule and I've always had a rule in my house. Is that if you use the microwave, you're standing there to watch it.

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[00:37:34] Caroline Blazovksy: I always stand. I try not to stand too close to it. Cause you don't want the radiation in the EMF,

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[00:37:41] Caroline Blazovksy: oh man, that's good for you. I read that morning in the back of the microwave, you will grow 10 heads. If you put your face near the microwave,

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[00:37:56] Eric Goranson: No, but seriously though. I mean, that's the thing, you know, is, and I can't tell you how many microwave [00:38:00] fires I've seen just even a little countertop. That you know, was a fire department, phone call. Do you have the

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[00:38:12] Caroline Blazovksy: Like I'm gonna use it for something. So I put it in for like, I don't know, 20 seconds. And all of a sudden it was burning. Like I took it out of the microwave and it, it was like the way it had piled on top. And it actually singed this black hole through the middle of the garlic. It was so bizarre. And it's, I mean, it, it would have had, there would have been a fire if I left it in there for any longer.

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[00:38:35] Eric Goranson: if there was any kind of metal on it or any kind of foil or anything on it, you know what I mean? But it could have just been that, you know, moisture's weird stuff sometimes. And if it got too hot in there, it could have blown out through the side of that.

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[00:38:47] Caroline Blazovksy: weird, dude. It was like, it had this charred black hole in the side of the garlic and I'm like, and I mean, it stunk, I mean, I'm smelled

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[00:39:06] Eric Goranson: Oh,

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[00:39:20] Eric Goranson: but it's the best. It is good. It is good, Caroline. We're out of time.

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[00:39:32] Caroline Blazovsky : the house.

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