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Home maintenance and safety

Caring for our home is an important part of our lives. This practical, research-based information can help you maintain your home and create a healthy, safe environment.

Cleaning for a healthy home

Prevent roaches and other pests as well as unnecessary wear and tear with these cleaning tips.

Cold weather rule keeps the heat on

Keep the heat on in the winter by applying for help under Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule.

Hiring a pest control professional

Questions to ask before hiring a pest control professional.

Keep your home safe from fire

Get tips for keeping your family safe from fire at home.

Keep your home warm and safe in winter

Ensure your home is warm and safe in cold weather and get tips to reduce your heating costs.

Pesticide safety in the home

Be safe when using chemicals and pesticides in and outside your home.

Preventing pests in your yard and garden

Many yard and garden pests can be controlled successfully without pesticides.

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