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Remember that “April showers bring May flowers,” and before you know it our community will look its finest with the colors of spring and the sounds of new life. April also provides us with warmer weather and many beautiful days to enjoy being outdoors. Living at __________ (community) allows you the freedom to get out and enjoy the longer days of spring. You’ve Got That, Right? Insurance that is! Why do you need it? Replacing all your home’s contents can be a staggering amount of money. Renter’s insurance is affordable and gives you peace of mind to focus on other things. Call your insurance agent today; you might get a discount by bundling all your insurance together. “Egg”cellent Easter Fun We are happy to announce there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on ___________ (date) at _________ (time). Rumors have it that the Easter Bunny might even be present to help find the eggs! So bring your friends and family and join us for some good springtime fun! Grilling Fever Hints of warmer weather make us anticipate grilling. Please make sure your grill is not being used under balconies or patios. Take advantage of the grills throughout the community or bring your grill into the open areas. Get It In – On Time! If your information has changed since you last updated your lease (email, phone number, roommates), please email our office at ____________. We want to make sure we have the correct info on file. Thank you for choosing __________ as your home. We love having you here! Spring Spruce-Up Many of us get the itch to clean in the spring when everything outside is new, fresh and beautiful. As you are cleaning the nooks and crannies of your home, be sure to note any service requests. We like to be made aware of minor situations that we can handle long before they become potential problems. Together we can keep your home in tip-top shape all the way around. Watch Out for Kids As the weather warms, kids will be outside playing. As you drive through our community, please be aware of children playing. Notice the speed limit signs and take care of the youngest in our neighborhood. Gesundheit! Are you prone to sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, or nasal congestion? Springtime often aggravates those with allergies, but there are also many possible allergens in your home. Here’s some tips on how to eliminate common household allergens and pollutants: Vacuum two or three times a week. It’s best to use a vacuum designed especially for people with allergies. Vacuums are now made with HEPA filters and may be the best choice. Wash all bedding weekly in hot water. Keep the air dry. In summer, use an air conditioner. If humidity is a problem, use a dehumidifier. Check the filters regularly and clean and replace when needed. National Pet Day Celebrated annually on April 11, National Pet Day is an unofficial holiday to encourage all of us to show our pets some extra attention. If you have a pet, you can do something special by taking it for a long walk, buying it a special treat or maybe just by spending a little bit of extra time with it. Wet Weather Caution Remember to be especially careful driving during wet weather. Use additional caution when driving in our community during the rain. Be especially cautious of residents dashing in from the weather and cars backing out of the parking spaces. It can be very difficult to stop quickly when the roads are wet. It can also be difficult to see where water has collected on the road. If you are not careful, your vehicle may hydroplane and you may lose control. So practice good driving skills: Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles; brake slowly; keep speeds down; be very observant; and always be ready to react. Are You Tax Ready? Your taxes might be done for this year, but keep this on file for the next tax season. According to the irs.gov website, many seniors and retirees can file taxes for free with IRS Free File (IRS.gov/freefile). There are several options, so check out the eligibility guidelines. Certain veterans can use MilTax, a program offered through the Department of Defense. It allows eligible taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax returns and up to three state income tax returns for free. Check them out at militaryonesource.mil/miltax-software. Be Safe In Your Home Falls can be the most fatal injury in the home with more than one-third of adults 65 and older falling each year. Try these safety measures to prevent slips and falls: Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs, furniture and clutter from walkways. Use self-adhesive non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs and showers. Use non-skid rugs on bathroom floors. Use non-skid pads under rugs on bare floors. Improve lighting. Avoid walking barefoot or in slippers. Wear shoes inside. Goodbye, Winter Clothes Are you ready to ditch the sweaters and boots in exchange for all things light and airy? Here are a few tips to get you started in changing out your clothing seasons: It’s a great time to purge your clothes. Haven’t worn it in a while? Donate or sell. Pick the right container for storage. Plastic is good – just make sure it’s not airtight and is able to breathe. Some wood and cardboard boxes contain chemicals that could transfer to your clothes. Need space? Consider vacuum-packed bags. Keep in mind that fabrics like wool need to breathe. Once your clothes are sorted and packed away, store in a spot that’s cool, dry and away from sunlight. Water Savers Do you realize how much water you use? The largest uses of household water include flushing the toilet and taking showers and baths. Estimates vary, but the average person can use up to 100 gallons of water per day! Want to help minimize this? Here are some ideas: Fix leaky faucets! That’s a big contributor to this issue. Call in a service request as soon as you notice a drippy faucet. Shorten your showers and find new ways to relax. Don’t run water while brushing your teeth. If you have a washing machine, adjust the proper load setting on it. This will save a lot of water. A Good Night’s Sleep As you get older, you still require 7-9 hours of sleep each night, even though you may change to an earlier waking time. Insomnia can occur from stress and anxiety, an irregular sleep schedule, consuming alcohol or stimulants and poor sleep habits. Preventions could include a regular sleep/wake schedule and exercising early in the day. You can also create a good sleep environment that is dark, safe and quiet. Relaxation activities could include a warm bath or shower before bed or listening to calming music. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol no later than three hours before bed. Limit your naps and don’t work, read or watch TV in bed. 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