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Cerner Announces Design Features, ‘Innovations’ Name for New Campus

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, today revealed design elements and the new identity for its I-435 and Bannister Road development. The campus will be called Innovations – a testament to the company’s work and vision.

“This project is a tangible reflection of Cerner’s growth and the next generation of health care innovations. The campus name and design features symbolize our commitment to develop solutions and services that will advance and improve the ever-changing health care industry. The work performed in these buildings will continue shaping the future of health care for both providers and patients,” said Cerner Chief Operating Officer Mike Nill.

Cerner, along with JE Dunn Construction and Grand Construction, teamed up with design and planning firm Gould Evans to emphasize Cerner’s position at the intersection of health care and technology, a description Cerner commonly uses to describe its work and the company’s vision.

“We’ve approached the site as a representation of the multi-layered, personal journey everyone takes through the health care landscape,” said Gould Evans Principal Anthony Rohr, AIA. “This new campus takes its name from the connections that occur when human ingenuity is in dialogue with nature. This concept is expressed in the way the campus buildings touch the land and integrate with the rambling landscape.”

Representations of binary coding and DNA sequencing – elements core to Cerner’s solution offerings and health care focus – will be prevalent in the final look of the buildings. The theme is integrated into various features and can be seen in small details like tiling and concrete paving. Some larger, attention-grabbing details, include:

  • The Founder’s Staircase, located in the main entry between the first two towers, will feature metal perforated in binary code that translates into quotes from Cerner’s founders.
  • A centrally located staircase collaboratorium, a 100-person space for associates to gather and exchange ideas, that connects the third and fourth floors.
  • Metal panels inscribed with more than 340 of Cerner’s patents, with room for hundreds more. New panels will be added to celebrate Cerner’s future patents and innovations.
  • A 188-foot-tall stainless steel facade, modeled after DNA sequencing, covering the outside of Tower 1. The DNA motif is common among several Cerner’s campuses, including in the signature spire at the company’s North Kansas City world headquarters and the facade of Cerner’s Continuous Campus in Kansas City, Kan.
  • A system of walking paths, exercise stations and trails to promote a healthy lifestyle and associate interaction.

Cerner’s existing campus in south Kansas City will be renamed Realization. “Realization is the act of achieving something that was planned. The meaning of this word has a strong connection with our forward-thinking business and innovative culture,” Nill said. “Innovation is all about looking forward, and realization is the process of getting there.”

Cerner’s continued growth prompted the development of its seventh Kansas City-area campus. The first two towers are almost entirely enclosed. External paneling of the building and landscaping is underway, and the towers are scheduled to open in early 2017. Innovations is the largest economic development project in the history of the state.

About Cerner
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.  On February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities, of the Siemens Health Services business from Siemens AG.  Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit, read our blog at, connect with us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Our website, blog, Twitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.

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Victoria Guerra,, 816-724-7218

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Preserving the trees

A former city official is pushing for more restrictive guidelines when it comes to the removal and upkeep of trees around town.

City officials and others around town have been making a precedent to beautify the area, but with few regulations regarding trees, some think an important aspect of that process is being overlooked.

Former Ward 1 City Councilor Diane Weston is working to re-establish a tree board and tree ordinances for the city. Weston said the current regulations are limited and aren’t necessarily enforced. She said the tree board itself has been

in the city’s code for a while, but it has never officially been formed.

“What we’re trying to do is reinstate the tree board,” Weston said. “Anybody who shows an interest an wanting to preserve trees can serve on this board. We’ll have five members, and I’m the first.”

Weston said although the tree board has been written into city codes and ordinances, it has never actually been active.

She said current ordinances are minimal an ineffective. Weston said the ordinances on apartment buildings regarding tree requirements are fairly restrictive but that ordinances regarding duplexes are lackluster. She said in her opinion, ordinances for commercial property are also not restrictive enough.

“We read the code, and the tree board is supposed to serve like a consultant,” Weston said. “It’s almost like the abatement board. So if builder want to come in and build a 5,000-square-foot facility, they have show their plans to the building inspector. The building inspector will then refer to the tree board if there are any questions regarding tree or landscaping.”

Weston said several ideas she has about tree ordinances stem from regulations in Fayetteville, Ark., and The Woodlands, Texas. She said many regulations in those places require builders to contruct within the trees.

“That’s my dream; I want to limit the amount of mature trees that can be taken down and then also [preserve] the perimeter,” Weston said. “This board is important because it is literally setting up rules and regulations. It’s going to have a huge impact on the future development of Tahlequah, and there are a lot of people who are for it or against it, but we can’t move forward until we get this board in place.”

Weston said that along with helping beautify the area, having more trees can help raise property values, despite being more expensive for developers.

“We take trees for granted,” Weston said. “I just got back from Switzerland, and they have trees everywhere. They have huge trees and landscaping all over, but they’re really strict. You can’t cut certain trees down and there have to be so many trees left in a certain areas. Mature trees are worth more than younger ones, so if you keep the older ones, you’ve already increased your property value a lot.”

Weston said although anyone who is passionate about saving trees can join the board, she hopes to attract a group of people with a certain level of expertise.

“An arborist, or a botany professor at Northeastern State University,” Weston said. “All these nurseries we have around here, we’ve got lots of experts. Maybe someone from Oklahoma State University Extension or the [former] Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission. People who are familiar with the trees, and the assets of them – I want people who really understand what they’re all about and how we can protect them.”

Mayor Jason Nichols said the board has been inactive for some time, but that Weston wanted to make sure the board was active before she left her position as city councilor.

“She has some other ideas for it and she wants to expand its scope of action,” Weston said. “We’re certainly at the beginning of what should be an extensive beatification effort. ”

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Meals on Wheels honors retiring president

CHAMBERSBURG – Ed LeMieux was looking for a ministry when he first volunteered to help in the kitchen and deliver meals for Chambersburg’s Meals on Wheels program 12 years ago.

He had tried other things to keep busy and stay active following his retirement, including starting a landscaping and nursery business, Rockville Gardens, which he eventually turned over to his son, then golfing and eventually doing a stint as a volunteer cleaning up trash dumped in the Michaux State Forest.

But it wasn’t until he began volunteering with Meals on Wheels that he truly found his calling, and a ministry that fulfilled his need to give back, to repay his maker for the blessings he saw heaped on him during his lifetime.

“God has been great to me, and I wanted to do something for others,” he said.

Once LeMieux started volunteering with the local organization, he was hooked.

“I couldn’t stop,” he said.

LeMieux, who resigned as president of the Chambersburg Meals on Wheels program this week, was honored with a reception attended by the board and its three employees Monday at First Lutheran Church.

He was president of the local Meals on Wheels for eight years, served as the organization’s vice-president two years prior to that and worked in the kitchen and delivered meals for two years before becoming involved as a leader.

Board member Jake Garrison praised LeMieux’s service to the organization, saying once LeMieux became president, “the board hasn’t been the same, in a positive way.”

“You got our finances in order, you established a budget,” he told LeMieux. “Thank you for all your hard work, especially for establishing all the policies and procedures we needed to run this organization efficiently.”

Meals on Wheels vice president Neil Brown said one of LeMieux’s legacies is the organizational skills he brought to the organization.

Back eight years ago, he said, the organization’s single personnel document was lengthy, outdated, hard to read and understand.

Today, he said Chambersburg Meals on Wheels has 63 such documents, all shorter, clear and concise.

Board member Gary Dickinson said one of the things LeMieux did for the organization was to define the area included in its delivery zone, setting it at about a 70-square-mile area that includes most of what is considered the Greater Chambersburg area.

During his tenure, the organization doubled its income and expanded routes. Today it delivers daily meals Monday through Friday to more than 120 shut-ins, the handicapped, elderly and convalescing individuals who can’t prepare meals themselves.

He credits his success as an organizer and administrator for the local organization to “never being satisfied with the status quo.”

LeMieux and his wife Dolores, who have been married 68 years, came to Pennsylvania 20 years ago.

The now-retired Meals on Wheels president said he has learned to love Chambersburg and its residents who “spend a lot of time thinking of others.”

“This is my kind of place,” he said at his retirement party Monday.

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Landscape project to delay traffic on Northwest 57th Avenue

A new project on Northwest 57th Avenue and ongoing projects on State Road 836 and the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike will delay the commute this week in Miami-Dade County.

The new project involves landscaping work on Northwest 57 Avenue, also known as Red Road, from Northwest 183rd Street (Miami Gardens Drive) to the Broward County line. This project will cost an estimated $617,000 and last roughly four months. It includes planting trees and palm trees within the medians and along the sidewalks and grass swales.

On the turnpike, several closures related to for lane widening and construction of express lanes will affect the normal flow of traffic.

Up to two lanes in either direction between Southwest 216th Street and Eureka Drive may be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday.

One lane in either direction between Eureka Drive and Killian Parkway may be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday. If necessary, two lanes in each direction may be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Meanwhile, one lane in either direction will be closed from Killian Parkway to Kendall Drive nightly from 9:30 p.m., and expanding to two-lane closure at 10:30 p.m. through Thursday. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. the next morning.

Up to two lanes northbound and southbound at various locations between Sunset Drive and Bird Road may be closed nightly through Thursday. The first lane may be closed at 9:30 p.m. and the second at 10:30 pm. Both lanes reopen by 5 a.m. the next day.

Meanwhile, several sites on 836 will have closures this week, as well.

The entrance ramp to eastbound 836 from northbound Northwest 27th Avenue will be intermittently closed for earthwork and installation of a temporary barrier wall through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly and again on Friday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

The entrance ramps to eastbound 836 from northbound and southbound Northwest 42nd Avenue will be intermittently closed for installation of a temporary barrier wall through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly and again on Friday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Also, the Northwest 87th Avenue entrance ramp to eastbound 836 and northbound 826 will be closed for restriping and barrier wall installation through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly and again on Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day.

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July Yard of the Month named

A pond, a pool and a potting shed… these are just some of the distinguishing elements of the yard in the Society Hill District of Portage that has been designated as the Portage Pride Yard of the Month for July 2016.

Pam and Mike Charles bought their home at 214 W. Franklin St., 15 years ago, based on its “good bones,” its hardwood floors, pocket doors, fireplace, large yard and near-by schools. The first order of business was to “Make the house livable, since it had not been well maintained,” Pam remembered, ruefully. “Then we tackled the yard; it was completely overgrown, and the row of arbor vitae to the west of the house had become the resting place for all of the neighborhood junk. You’d not believe what we pulled out of there — stuff like car parts, tons of old papers and garbage!”

Today, the cheerful pale yellow house with its white trim and lush landscape stands proudly among the charming Queen Anne, Italianate and Victorian residences for which the District is known.

When it came to landscaping, the Charleses wanted the yard and garden to reflect the house’s architectural style and era. They have succeeded! Hidden from the street in the backyard is a twenty-first century amenity: an aboveground swimming pool, enjoyed by the couples’ four children ranging in age from 6 to 21. Pam and Mike are concerned about the environment so the pool is heated by solar panels installed on the adjacent garage roof. Two water barrels collect rainwater to nourish their gardens, and the pond in the side yard is fed with a circulating pump to conserve water. Mike, who is an auto technician in Madison and a city of Portage alder, splits his own fireplace wood, ensuring that the family has a good supply for Wisconsin’s long winters.

The Charleses are especially fond of their extensive peony collection, since two were transplanted from Pam’s grandmother’s garden and the rest from their respective mother’s gardens in Portage (Pam’s) and Saddle Ridge (Mike’s). They are divided between the large garden area to the east of the house, and the strip garden flanking the house on the west. Across the drive, those once scraggly arbor vitae stand tall, well trimmed and proud: forming a natural privacy fence. “Before they got so high, we would string lights on them at Christmas time, but they’ve outgrown us now,” Mike reported.

The property is larger than many in the area, and visitors are welcomed to the expansive yard on the east side of the house by an arbor, covered with brilliant purple clematis and the sweet peas that are just beginning to bloom.

The wooden picket fence in the front is bordered by a profusion of colorful flowers, both inside the fence, and facing Franklin Street. A portion of their peony collection fronts the fence, while inside are lilies of every color, campanula, mums, phlox and other lovely perennials.

The yard slopes gently down to a lovely pond, banked by boulders and fed by a gentle waterfall that burbles over a bed of gravel and rocks. The pond is home to a dozen or so koi, lovingly cared for by the couple’s young daughter.

Not far away stands the potting shed, which looks like it was built at the same time as the house, but really is a rather new addition to the yard. It provides a handy place to keep the garden tools, flowerpots, birdseed, and pool and pond equipment; it also adds to the ambience of the garden area.

While Pam generally favors perennials, she also enjoys annuals like cosmos, snapdragons and moss roses, bringing additional color to the yard. Three years ago, she planted an Empress Wu hosta, which must be the “elephant” of that genus. She, however, is disappointed that it does not yet tower over her!

Passers-by will enjoy the plantings in front of the house, including coleus, coral bells, and the neatly mulched garden areas. Like many other gardeners, Pam says she really hates weeding, but her mother, from whom she inherited her green thumb, “Really likes to weed for me!”

Pam, a stay-at-home-gardening-mom, gets her ideas from a variety of magazines, and spends much of everyday working in her yard because she “loves it” and enjoys its lovely cutting gardens. Her efforts are recognized by others; a member of the community nominated the Charleses for Yard of the Month honors.

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Burdett returns to ACPL with more gardening tips

Want to learn from an expert how to keep those pesky bugs from damaging your garden? Master Gardener Carol Burdett returns to the Art Circle Public Library this Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m. to give us some valuable tips and gardening advice. Carol has been a Master Gardener since 1998 and has been a resident of Cumberland County since 1973. This free library program will be held in the Cumberland Room. 

ACPL Teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome to attend a fun Book Folding Craft Night on Tuesday, July 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Register at the Adult Services Desk with preferred word/phrase up to seven characters. 

Great New Selections… Especially for Reading Groups! (please check for availability as some of these are on order)

“To the Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey

From the bestselling author of “The Snow Child” comes a thrilling adventure set in the Alaskan wilderness. This will be released on Aug. 2. 

“Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age” by Dan Zak

A chilling tale of how a group of ragtag activists infiltrated one of the most secure nuclear-weapons sites in the United States, told alongside a broader history of America’s nuclear stewardship. 

“Cleopatra’s Shadows” by Emily Holleman

Here is a bold and mesmerizing debut about the secret beginnings of Cleopatra’s epic saga, as seen through the eyes of her forgotten sisters. 

“This Must Be the Place” by Maggie O’Farrell

The winner of the Costa Novel Award presents an irresistible love story that crisscrosses continents and time zones as it captures an extraordinary marriage and an unforgettable family, with wit, humor and deep affection. 

“Dancing With the Tiger” by Lili Wright

Here is a gripping and powerful story of artifact smuggling and drug dealing in Mexico. It is a splendid reminder that throughout human history, cultures have revered masks: whether in the theater or in war, for religious purposes, or to conceal identity. Masks are as universal as our desire to transform ourselves, to change. The main character, Anna, without an ounce of self-pity despite traumatic losses, stands out as a heroine for our times as, traveling alone, she finds the courage to show her true face. 

“How to Set Fire” and Why by Jesse Ball

Lucia is a seriously troubled teen girl, ready to burn it all to the ground, but her world changes entirely when she discovers the Arson Club at her new school. Covering questions of morality, choice, and destruction, the novel hits a chord with the rebellious, feeling, overwhelmed teen in all of us.

We’re All About Information!

Playing a musical instrument requires the use of almost every area of the brain at the same time. It engages the visual, auditory and motor cortices. Playing music has also been found to increase the size and activity in the corpus callosum; the bridge that connects the two hemispheres of the brain. When this area is large, messages can be transferred across the brain at a faster rate and through a variety of routes. This can result in an increased ability to resolve problems in creative and efficient ways. 

Stingy Schobel Says…

Buy spices in small quantities. Large containers may seem like a better deal. But if you don’t use very much spice, you’ll end up throwing it – and your money- away.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. When do you go at red and stop at green?

A. When you’re eating a watermelon!

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at The library, at 3 East St., is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives Heritage Center, at 95 E. First St., is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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10 Tips For Safely Using Produce From A Flooded Garden

After flooding occurs, gardeners often raise questions about the safety of consuming produce from gardens that were under water for a day or two. How concerned gardeners have to be about using their produce after a flood depends, to a large degree, on how “clean” the flood water was or whether it was likely to have been contaminated with sewage, river or creek water, farm run-off or industrial pollutants.

The most conservative answer — one that eliminates any and all risks — is that gardeners should discard all produce that was touched by flooding or even by a splash of contaminated water. However, if flooding occurs early, there will typically be weeks left in the growing season, and gardeners will likely wish to salvage some crops. The following tips explain how to consider what can be salvaged and what must be discarded from a flooded garden.

1. Produce may be able to be cooked to help ensure safety.

Cooking is the best choice if anything that was touched by flood water will be served to those most at risk for serious consequences from microbial food-borne illnesses: young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. Cooking may not eliminate certain microorganisms, or their toxins, that may be in untreated water. It will also not eliminate the risk industrial pollutants pose.

2. Gardeners should discard all produce normally consumed uncooked (raw).

All leafy vegetables, such as lettuce or spinach, should be disposed of, regardless of how mature the plants are. The many ridges and crevices on these crops make them impossible to clean thoroughly of contaminated silt or bacteria. All soft fruits that are ready to harvest, such as strawberries or raspberries, should also be discarded unless they can be cooked; they too are impossible to thoroughly clean and cannot be safely eaten raw. Any produce where the outer surface was damaged prior to flooding should be discarded. For example, a tomato that has split, exposing the flesh, should be discarded even if it was above flood waters.

3. Other produce may be salvaged depending on the crop and how far along it is in the growing season.

In general, any produce where the edible part was directly touched by flood water presents a potential risk to health if consumed. This includes produce that was submerged or splashed by flood water. The ability to salvage crops to be eaten raw with minimal risk depends on the source of the flood water, time to harvest, and whether potential contamination will have been internalized into the plant tissue.

One starting point for evaluating the safety of produce from flooded gardens is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program guidance to farmers wishing to harvest produce from soil fertilized with non-composted manure. The program’s regulations require a 90-day period before harvesting edible material from plants grown in soil fertilized with non-composted manure, but where the manure has not come in contact with the edible material. The program’s standards require a 120-day period before harvest of edible plant material that had direct contact with non-composted manure. Research suggests that contamination from non-composted manure should present a more significant health risk than contamination from flood waters. Therefore, waiting 120 days should help ensure produce from a flooded garden is safe to consume.

4. Early season crops to be harvested within a few weeks after a flood and that remain above flood waters should be safe to eat if cooked or peeled.

All produce should be examined carefully before harvest. If it is soft, cracked, bruised, or has open fissures where contamination might have entered, it should be discarded. Intact produce can be eaten, but should be rinsed with clear tap water (do not use soap) followed by a brief soak (2 minutes) in a weak chlorine solution of two tablespoons bleach in a gallon of water. Finally, the produce should be rinsed in cool, clean tap water, then peeled or cooked thoroughly before eating. Care should be taken to prevent cross contamination in the kitchen. Bleach solution should be changed once the water is no longer clean.

5. Plants where fruits have set, such as tomatoes, or where flowers are evident, such as broccoli and cauliflower, by the time of flooding present an undefined risk.

Before consuming these crops raw, consider the source of the flood water, the time since contamination, and the health of the tissue. Always discard any tissue that is bruised, cracked or otherwise blemished. Washing fresh produce with clear water, followed by a brief soak in the same dilute bleach solution and then rinsing before eating or peeling will help to reduce any remaining risk.

6. Underground vegetables such as beets, carrots and potatoes that are still early in their growth (at least four to eight weeks from harvest) should be safe if allowed to grow to maturity.

Root crops like new potatoes that will be consumed within a month after flooding should be washed, rinsed and sanitized as directed above before cooking thoroughly. Note that beets may be peeled after cooking, if desired.

7. Melons and other fruits that will be eaten raw should not be consumed.

Food-borne illness outbreaks linked to melons suggest that these low-acid fruits may not be safe even if surface-sanitized.

8. Late-season vegetables and fruits that result from flowers produced on growth that develops after flood waters subside should be safe.

This group includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and cucumbers. To increase safety, cook these vegetables thoroughly, or at least wash them well and peel them, if possible, before eating.

9. Flood-damaged garden produce that is otherwise unfit for eating should not be canned or otherwise preserved.

Garden produce that would be safe to consume after washing, sanitizing and cooking may be safely canned. The low temperature of home dehydrators means they cannot destroy high numbers of bacteria so, produce from flooded gardens should not be dehydrated.

10. Produce from a flood-damaged garden should never be sold at a farm market or farm stand until all contamination has been removed.

This process usually requires at least one month after the last flood. A local UW-Extension office can provide more information on safely using produce from flooded gardens.

Barbara Ingham is a food science specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. This information was originally published as a UW-Extension Garden Facts printable fact sheet.

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5 Tips for Remodeling Your Home With Kids

Imagine, if you will, letting your child run rampant through an active construction site. We apologize for that terrifying vision. Now, there€™s no way you would actually let that happen, but even the smallest of home remodel projects can quickly turn into a playground of peril, with live machinery, open crevices at any given moment, and sharp objects lying willy-nilly throughout the room.

Remodel projects can last anywhere from a single day to several months, and will likely include any number of inconveniences that can disrupt daily life. The good thing is that you can help save stress on your family by following a few simple guidelines.

1. Put a plan into place

The best prep is simply not to panic if and when things go awry. A calm and prepared parent is a proactive parent. Here is what else you need to remember.

2. It may get loud

Play or nap time doesn€™t work as well with constant whirring and buzzing or taped off areas taking over attention. Be ready to change other daily habits too, especially with very young children. Certain rooms may become off-limits areas, while on-the-go breakfasts and delivery dinners become the norm. Routines will need to change, if only temporarily. Make alternative plans to get the kids ready for school in the morning and fed at night €“ without a full bathroom or kitchen. If you treat the transition well, chances are the little ones won€™t skip a beat. For help, just think about how great that new open kitchen will feel!

3. Don€™t sleep on dust

Dust and particulates trigger allergies and can pose serious health concerns if not properly dealt with. Protecting inside air quality is paramount to ensuring your children€™s well-being during construction season. Be sure to seal off HVAC ducting and vents in the affected areas, use plastic sheeting to guard against flying particles, and keep workspaces clean by wiping with disposable cloths and vacuuming with a HEPA-filtered vacuum as many as two times a day €“ or more, depending on need.

4. Watch out for waste

Debris piles consisting of sharp glass, protruding nails, or other such nasty objects are just inviting little ones to incur bodily harm. Have a dedicated bin or container to put dangerous parts into, one that€™s out of reach and sealable. This is especially true for any toxic chemicals that may be a part of the work process.

5. Tools are not toys

As much as they look the part. Don€™t leave tools out when not in use €“ and it€™s especially important to unplug them if not in your hand or in your line of sight. This sounds easy, but can become surprisingly difficult to keep track of during the hustle and bustle of renovation. If you have workers helping you out, give them plenty of space to work €“ maybe plan a park day or early dinner outing while they€™re nailing, cutting, and moving large objects around.

Remember to keep a positive attitude throughout the process and eventually, things will get back to normal for you and your family. Until then, stay keen on the above reminders, and both you and your tots will come out unscathed €“ and with a brand new home addition.

Originally written by Cameron Poague of the Master Builders Association (MBA) of King and Snohomish Counties.

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