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The holiday season is a festive time to share with friends and family, but it can also pose a number of hazards for other members of your family—your beloved pets. [find-an-apartment] We only want the best for our furry friends, and taking a few preventive measures can ensure your dog or cat doesn’t get sick.   Winter Plants Poinsettias are beautiful, festive plants used to decorate your home during the holidays. Although poinsettias are usually hyped as a poisonous plant, they are mildly toxic to animals. The following holiday plants are the ones you really need to watch for.

how to stay safe when cleaning an apartment

Did you know you can actually create toxic or dangerous situations by mixing common (and effective) household cleaning products? Here’s a guide to keep your cleaning day safe; don’t go from “determined” to “dangerous.”

A lot of apartment hunters worry more about being close to friends or near the right subway line than assessing apartment security before they move in. [find-an-apartment] Of course, finding the balance between location, price and security can be tricky. Here is a checklist to make sure apartment security is part of the evaluation. The next time you start looking for a place, ask the following questions:

[find-an-apartment] As a new parent, you know how fast your baby grows. Just when you get used to your baby’s feeding schedule and diaper changes, you realize you need to accommodate his or her ever-changing routine. As your baby grows older, take some precautions to make your apartment safe and secure for crawlers and toddlers.  Here is how you can baby-proof your apartment as your growing baby explores the world around him or her.

Kids love Halloween–and why wouldn’t they? They get to dress up as anything they want and end the night with a bag full of candy. As a parent, Halloween can be a bit more stressful: There are people out causing…

You may be Mr. or Ms. Responsible. The idea of getting locked out couldn't possibly happen to you, could it? That is, until it happens. No problem, though. You know exactly where that spare key is! It's just a few…

Winter may be halfway over, but much of the U.S. is still experiencing some of the most extreme weather on record. Need we remind you? Messy mixtures of snow and ice paired with below freezing temperatures have made it necessary to crank up the heat at home. Staying warm and toasty during the frigid winter months is no doubt a basic human necessity. But as renters get resourceful with their techniques, the risk of disaster lurks.

[find-an-apartment] According to the National Fire Protection Association, how we heat our living spaces is largely to blame for the many fires that take place each year. In 2012 there were reportedly 97,000 apartment structure fires resulting in 380 deaths. If there's any silver lining to highlight, it's that, possibly due to increased awareness or prevention methods, the number of fire-related apartment deaths has fallen by over 62 percent since 1980. Heating your small space is a must, but the right safety precautions have to be in place to avoid a potential life-threatening catastrophe. Below, we outline some of the main causes of apartment fires and how you can prevent one from setting your humble abode ablaze.

It was just two weeks ago when the heart of Atlanta was paralyzed by what’s been dubbed many things - “Snowmageddon”, “Snowpocalypse”, “Snow Jam” and “South Parked”. Well played, late night comedians. In fact, there are still dozens of horror stories being recounted around the water cooler right here at Apartment Guide's metro Atlanta headquarters.

Well, here we go again. A severe winter weather alert has already been issued across the South as far west as Houston, TX and stretching past Atlanta up into northeastern Virginia. A healthy mix of rain, sleet, snow and ice are to be expected. And apparently it's going to be even more of a whammy than last time.

Read more: Identify Safe Locations in Your Apartment Building for Sitting Out Bad Weather

We cannot control dear old Mother Nature, but we can prepare for her wrath. Thousands of drivers were stuck in their cars for hours on end without the essentials that would have made the ordeal a tiny bit less exasperating. Let's be honest - an emergency car kit isn't something you really think about until after you need it. And, as we vividly recall here in Atlanta, even the trusty roadside assistance service you pay for might not always be able to swoop in and save the snow-filled day.

So to help you get ready for another roadside mishap, we took a trip to the dollar store and gathered some potentially life-saving items that will come in handy if you ever find yourself stuck in your car for an extended period of time.

Reminder: Each item pictured here cost just $1.00!

LGBTQ Apartment Advice

As October was National LGBTQ History Month, we’re going to take a look at how LGBTQ people can navigate finding housing and roommates as well as look at how heterosexual individuals can be great allies. I’ve had people say to…

Preparing for a hurricane

The much anticipated Hurricane Matthew finally made landfall on Tuesday night near the eastern tip of Cuba and struck Haiti with top sustained winds near 145 mph. This powerful category 4 storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and moving north…

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