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Dec 23 – Christmas Eve Observed – Corvias Community Offices open 9am-1pm.
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve – All Corvias Military Living Offices will be Closed.
Dec 26 – Christmas Day Observed –All Corvias Military Living Offices will be Closed.
Dec 31 – All Corvias Military Living Offices will be Closed.
I hope this holiday season finds you and your family in a festive spirit. The holidays are the perfect time to spend with family and friends, catching up on lost time throughout the year, while preparing the way for the New Year.
2016 has been a very busy year, as our construction team completed several projects including the dog parks, lighted pathways, bus shelters and pavilions. We began construction of the long-awaited Community Center and we also began renovations to the carport homes. In 2017, we will continue the carport home renovations and we will complete the Community Center, which will include a swimming pool, splash pad and many other amenities.
All of us at Corvias Military Living want to wish you and your family a warm and joyous holiday season. It’s our sincere pleasure to be able to care for and serve our military families. We appreciate the daily sacrifices you make to serve and care for our nation and the freedoms we cherish so much.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available scholarships from Corvias Foundation. Applications are now available online.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in many losses of life as well as millions in property damage. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- If you do no cook often, check your oven and stove before cooking a large holiday meal.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
- And remember to blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
As we are all aware, fires can start any time of year. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday season.
Keeping your pipes from freezing in the winter is easy and can save you from having a soggy season. If the temperatures are expected to fall below freezing let your faucets drip and open the cabinets beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Pipes under sinks may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from small children.
Turn off and drain your outside hose faucets. Leaving a hose connected to a spigot can result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls.
If you are traveling for the holidays remember to keep the heat on. The weather may be nice when you leave, but can quickly change while you are gone. Please leave your thermostat set between 60 and 65 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing while you are away.
Also, we encourage you to consider registering your home for House Watch with your Community Office if you are going out of town. When you register your home, the Community team will make a routine check of the property and can take appropriate actions as needed.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each of the Seymour Johnson AFB homes. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and applications, etc. are in tip-top shape. This work does require entry into your home, so we will be sure to inform you of your preventative maintenance visit in advance. The next group of homes to be visited will be 114-158 Westover and 501-532 Whisner during the week of December 12th.
Fall cleanup continues! Please keep in mind that all animal waste needs to be cleaned up for the landscapers. Yards will continue to receive weed treatment around tree rims and in cracks and crevices. A second round of bush and shrub trimming will continue as well.
Please check the calendar for your scheduled clean up days.
Turn off holiday decorations when no one is home and at night before you go to bed. Timers are a great way to ensure the lights are only on at certain times.