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D&D Technologies Supports National Water Safety Month

D&D Technologies Supports National Water Safety Month

Posted in: Articles,Press CoverageD&D Technologies Supports National Water Safety Month

Protecting loved ones for over 25 years

April 29th, 2016 Huntington Beach, CA

D&D Technologies invented the first magnetic pool safety gate latch, in Sydney, Australia. For over 25 years D&D has sold millions of pool safety gate latches and self-closing hinges in order to protect children and families around the globe. May is National Drowning Safety Month, and a reminder that pool owners must protect their loved ones from accidental drownings.

Isolation and perimeter fencing are the recommended solution for pool and spa protection—this information is being spread around the country each day by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) and other supporting members including Consumer Products Safety Council. D&D Technologies is a proud founding member and active sponsor of the NDPA.

“We are on a mission to save lives.” says Jim Paterson, VP of Sales and Marketing, North & South America, D&D Technologies “In the U.S., drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between ages 1-4 and the second leading cause for those between the ages of 5-14. All the innovation, technology and passion that we put into manufacturing safety gate products is done with one intention in mind: protect children, protect loved ones”.

D&D revolutionized the world by the invention of the world’s first magnetic gate latch. David Doyle, founding father of D&D Technologies discovered neodymium magnets never lose power. He engineered and patented the world’s first magnetic safety latch. Since then, MagnaLatch® has become the number one child and pet safety pool gate latch in the world. Combined with TruClose® self-closing hinges, made out of engineering polymer, D&D offers one of the most reliable solutions for pool and spa gates.

Remember, drowning is preventable. Take time to get involved during May National water safety Month. Join the movement. Take the Pledge.

THE PLEDGE: Every child deserves to be protected. I pledge to spread the message that Simple Steps Save Lives to my family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. I will let people know that adding as many proven water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience at pools and spas, because you can never know which one might save a child's life — until it does. —

About D&D Technologies

D&D Technologies is the recognized leader in safety and premium grade gate hardware manufacturing, including MagnaLatch® magnetic pool and safety gate latches, TruClose® adjustable, self-closing gate hinges, SureClose®* commercial grade hydraulic closer & hinge, and LokkLatch® gate latches. D&D's diversity of products continually set new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation–tied together by a singular level of quality. D&D products consistently exceed all relevant safety barrier codes and are backed by a limited Lifetime Warranty. (*SureClose® Easy is backed by a 2 year warranty)

 
 
MagnaLatch® ALERT, the world’s first and only integrated safety gate latch and alarm

MagnaLatch® ALERT, the world’s first and only integrated safety gate latch and alarm

Posted in: Articles,Press Coverage,News,Product LaunchesThe easiest and most reliable solution to protect the entire family.

 

Following the success of MagnaLatch®, the original and still the best-selling safety gate latch in the market, D&D Technologies introduces the award-winning MagnaLatch® ALERT, the world’s first and only combined gate latch and electronic alarm system. Now featuring dual electronic warnings: bright, flashing LED lights, and an audible alarm, the MagnaLatch ALERT models allow you to hear and see from a distance when a gate is left opened or unlatched – offering the ultimate security and protection for gates around swimming pools, homes, childcare centers, schools and wherever safety is critical.

 

“Gates control access to properties and when securely closed provide a barrier to help protect loved ones and possessions.” Says Jim Paterson, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, D&D Technologies  “If a gate is left open or not securely latched,  a consumer may  have an open door to danger.  D&D Technologies invented MagnaLatch ALERT to provide consumers with a clear warning when a gate is not completely closed and latched, providing it’s intended level of security.  Most gates are not visible from inside a home.  We designed ALERT with both audio and visual warnings to help alert consumers to a potential risk, regardless of where they are on their property”.

If the latch is opened and/or gate is left unlatched, the new visual alarm gives a visual warning with flashing LED lights, while the audible alarm beeps and turns into a full alarm after 15 seconds. In addition to these new features, MagnaLatch ALERT offers:

- NEW Re-keyable security lock: The 6-pin lock cylinder can be rekeyed, by a locksmith, to match other locks around the home.
- NEW Visible Lock Indicator: Shows you at a glance whether MagnaLatch ALERT is locked or unlocked.
- NEW Disarm Feature: The touch-sensor disarm feature allows an adult to temporarily disarm the ALERT for up to 15 minutes. Feature not to be used on pool or safety gates.
- NEW Safe, ergonomic lift knob: With its new design, the lift knob is now more conveniently shaped and child resistant than ever.

MagnaLatch ALERT® is available in two models: the Top Pull and the Vertical Pull. Both gate latches are made from industrial strength polymers, aluminum and stainless steel that eliminate rusting and jamming, making it the perfect choice for any outdoor space where safety is a must. They can be easily installed in minutes without the need for special tools, screws or wiring. While the MagnaLatch ALERT Top Pull model is ideal for all child safety or pool applications, the shorter Vertical Pull model offers protection on pet security and general-purpose gates around the home and garden.

MagnaLatch® has set the standard for child safety gate latches for more than 25 years. Millions of families worldwide have trusted MagnaLatch® with their children’s safety. MagnaLatch ALERT is now available online at Amazon store. For more information on D&D products, please visit www.ddtechglobal.com.

About D&D Technologies

 

D&D Technologies is the recognized leader in safety and premium grade gate hardware manufacturing, including MagnaLatch® magnetic pool and safety gate latches, TruClose® adjustable, self-closing gate hinges, SureClose® commercial grade closer & hinge, and LokkLatch® gate latches. D&D's diversity of products continually set new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation–tied together by a singular level of quality. D&D products consistently exceed all relevant safety barrier codes and are backed by a limited Lifetime Warranty.

 
 
5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block

5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block

Posted in: Articles,Tips & Tricks5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block

When the calendar flips to the summer months, all you can think about is getting outside and soaking up the sun. But when you look out the window into your yard, what do you see? Is it an inviting space that encourages you to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Or could it use a bit of sprucing up?

This is an opportunity to upgrade and get the most out of your outdoor space. With only a few features, you can create a leisurely outdoor space fit for relaxation and escape from everyday stressors. These backyard additions can bring both functionality and beauty to your home’s exterior.

Pumped up curb appeal. Curb appeal can make or break the appearance of your home. Step out to the street and take a look at your home from a passerby’s view. What stands out? Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your siding or a bright shade to your front door. Plant a few colorful flowers in window boxes or pots for some eye-catching detail.

Outdoor lighting. Another way to add curb appeal is to illuminate your home with outdoor lighting. Strategically place lights throughout your yard to add a welcoming theme to the look of your home. Outdoor lighting also provides a number of safety features. Not only does it deter burglars and vandals, but it makes your pathways and sidewalks easier to see so you can have added peace of mind.

Cozy fire pit. Whether it’s built-in or portable, a fire pit can work wonders on a backyard’s ambiance. Imagine warming up during those breezy summer nights around the fire with your family and friends. This simple addition instantly transforms your patio into an inviting gathering space and allows you to entertain long after the sun goes down. You can already taste the roasted marshmallows and hot dogs.

Updated gates. Fences and gates are great for keeping kids and pets out of places they shouldn’t be like pools, gardens and other potentially dangerous areas. When updating your outdoor space this summer, a safer gate latch is a necessity. The MagnaLatch Alert by D&D Technologies is the only gate latch in the world with an integrated alarm system, providing both audible and visual security features. Keep your gated areas safe with an alarm that sounds if someone is getting into an area they shouldn’t. You can install a latch gate in minutes without the need for special tools, screws or wiring. It’s essentially two projects in one: a reliable gate latch and alarm.

Outdoor kitchen. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy meals outside with your family and friends. Why not take the cooking outside too? This way, you’ll be able to socialize with your guests while preparing a delicious barbecue meal for them. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. Start with a grill and work your way into outdoor refrigerators, sinks and serving areas.

Summertime shouldn’t be spent sitting indoors. Studies show that spending time in the sun increases your vitamin D levels, which helps fight certain conditions like depression, osteoporosis and heart attacks, according to Harvard Health Publications. Make your outdoor time more enjoyable this summer with these outdoor living additions.

 
 
Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksSummer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summertime allows you to spend more time outside in the sun, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up reveling in all that nice weather, it’s important to keep your furry friends in mind. For curious pets, warm temperatures and increased outdoor time can be a recipe for trouble.

Maintaining a pet-friendly lifestyle and home in the summer doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. With a few simple tricks and tips, you can ensure your pet will thrive during the sunny summer months.

Your dog or cat is always there for you, now it’s time to do them a favor. Keep these tips from D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company, in mind for a happy and healthy pet:

Keep head and paws inside the car. Driving down the road, you might see several cars with paws and heads sticking out the window. While most dogs love to feel the wind in their fur, it can seriously aggravate the mucous membranes and blow dust and dirt in their eyes. When your dog’s tongue is flying in the breeze, insects or other debris can enter nasal passages or the windpipe, possibly causing an emergency trip to the vet and even permanent damage.

Check your pet’s collar regularly. For growing pups and kittens, be sure to monitor how quickly they grow. Check their collars at least once a week for the first year, or until they are fully grown. Not only does a too-tight collar cause excruciating pain, but it can literally grow right into your pet’s neck. To be safe, you should be able to easily fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.

Keep your yard safe. If you like to let your pets roam in your yard, make sure you take the right safety precautions. You don’t need an expensive electric fence to keep your pets protected. For fenced-in yards, use the latest technology in gate latches such as the MagnaLatch Alert Veritcal Pull. This easy-to-install latch cannot be opened by dogs and ensures your pup won’t be able to get out and lost on the street. Additionally, if the gate is left opened, the latch sounds an alarm to let you know your pets might escape. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com to learn more about pet and pool safety.

Monitor time spent outside. Dogs are more likely to escape when they’ve been left alone for a long period of time, especially breeds that enjoy being active. Don’t leave your pet unattended for an extended period of time and make sure to check on him or her frequently.

Limit exercise on hot days. While you might love taking your dog for a jog on a warm day, be extra careful on warmer days. Adjust the intensity and time of exercise for your pet according to the temperature. Asphalt soaks in the beating sun and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk on the grass if possible. On especially hot days, try to exercise during the morning or evening hours, especially for pets with white-colored ears, who are more prone to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who will have more difficulty breathing.

 
 
Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home

Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksOutdoor Home Security: 5 Steps to a Home-Safe-Home

Did you know a home break-in occurs every 15 seconds? Considering summertime is peak season for home burglaries, there’s no better time than the present to take a few steps to protect your home and your family.

“Securing your home doesn’t necessarily require a costly alarm system,” says Brian Sweet, operations manger at D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company. “Taking a close look at your outdoor spaces and making simple safety updates will dramatically reduce the chances of your home becoming a criminal target.”

These five simple steps can all be completed in one weekend to help keep your property safe and give you peace of mind:

1. Trim landscaping
Well-manicured landscaping not only beatifies your yard, it also helps deter thieves. Why? Overgrown trees and shrubs make it easy to stay concealed day or night. Pay special attention to proper trimming around windows, doors and other points of entry into your home or garage.

2. Add gate locks and alarms
Add locks to all outdoor gates. For extra security, opt for an alarm lock like the Magna Latch Alert – the world’s first integrated gate latch and electronic alarm system. This gate lock meets pool-safety codes and allows you to see and hear if the lock is triggered, thanks to an at-a-glance lock indicator with flashing LED light and audible unlatch alarm. Whether someone has wandered into your yard or your toddler is trying to get to the pool while your back is turned, you’ll know instantly so everyone can stay safe.

The perfect DIY project that can be completed in mere minutes, installation of the Magna Latch Alert requires no special tools, screws or wiring. It’s an ideal weekend warrior task because you get two projects done at once – installation of a reliable gate latch and alarm. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com to learn more.

3. Verify lighting
Take a walk around your home in the evening and check for areas of poor lighting. Fronts of homes often have good lighting, but sides and backyards have excessive dark space. One of the easiest ways to increase evening security is by adding motion lights. When these lights sense movement, they activate and illuminate a space; this is great if you’re fumbling for your keys in the dark and bad for thieves who want to stay hidden.

4. Careful with extra keys
It’s common for families to hide a spare key at their home, but too often it’s in an obvious location like under the doormat, above the door frame or by a landscape rock. It takes just seconds for a thief to check these common locations. Instead, leave a set of keys with a trusted neighbor or, at the very least, select a well-hidden location that would be difficult for a stranger to find.

5. Keep valuables out of sight
During the summer, the garage door is open, the toys are out and you spend more time in your yard. While enjoying the outdoors is great, beware about showing off too many of your valuable possessions. An open garage door can easily make a new car or box of expensive tools visible to anyone. Leaving expensive recreational toys – from bikes to boats – in your driveway signals clearly that you have money. Have fun but be careful, because you never know who is watching and you may be unknowingly signaling to all who walk or drive past your house that the garage is packed with goodies.

 
 
4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksHow to keep kids safe outdoors

Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or just enjoying the company of family and friends. There’s plenty to do and you know your children enjoy being outdoors just as much as you do.

However, when small children are outside, the potential for accidents increases. To keep them safe and make spending time outdoors an enjoyable experience for everyone, practice these four safety steps.

* It starts with you. Supervising your child while you’re outdoors together is the easiest way to ward off accidents, but then how do you get anything done? Start by asking your child to join you in completing the task and give them assignments they can manage such as carrying or sorting items. You can also provide toys or a new game they can play in your sight. Finally, join them in the fun. If you can’t make them part of your project, make yourself part of theirs. Play their game in the backyard, swim with them in the pool or go exploring for bugs together.

* Secure the area. If you want to block off a larger area like a pool or your back yard, a fence can be the answer and can make for one, final DIY project this year. Before you start however, it’s important to contact your city or homeowner’s association to be sure fences are allowed and to learn what type of fence you can install. Then, you need to decide if you will hire someone to install the fence or do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to contact your power provider so they can mark the proper power lines before you dig.

* Use the right tools. A fence can keep your child safe, but eventually they’ll learn to open the gate. To protect kids during these inquisitive years, D&D Technologies recently launched Magna Latch Alert, the world’s first integrated alarm with new audible and visual features. Magna Latch Alert easily attaches to any gate and emits a single alert beep when the gate is opened. It will even notify you if the gate has not been securely and fully latched. Magna Latch Alert is made from high performance polymers so it won’t rust in rain or snow, making it the perfect choice for any outdoor space where safety is a must.

* Educate yourself. Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen and if one does, it’s essential you’re prepared. Make sure you’re trained in CPR and mouth-to-mouth and you’re aware of your child’s allergies. Finally, remembering 9-1-1 is easy but you should also have the number for poison control plugged into your phone, just in case.

No matter what outdoor activity you have planned, it will be more fun if you know everyone around you is safe. Institute the four steps above and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of this year’s beautiful outdoor days without a concern.

 
 
Important backyard safety steps for all seasons

Important backyard safety steps for all seasons

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksImportant backyard safety steps for all seasons

From building snowmen with the kids in winter to playing fetch with Fido in the spring, your backyard is the backdrop for fun activity all year long. That means safety should be top of mind during all seasons. Just as you take steps to protect your children inside your house, you must be cautious of the dangers outside as well.

The first step to keeping your backyard safe is to assess your fence. Fences help protect children from danger, keeping toddlers out of swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds or keeping them in the yard, away from busy traffic or strangers. Fences can also help keep your own pets in your yard, and other animals out. They can reduce your liability by preventing injuries to uninvited guests on your property, or injury caused by escaped pets.

“A good weekend winterizing project is making sure your fences and gates are functioning properly and are protected from rust, a destructive force that can render gate hardware useless or dangerous,” says Jim Paterson, senior vice president of D&D Technologies, which manufactures gate latches and hinges made of ultra-strong engineering polymers. “In our research, we found that when homeowners consider their fencing needs, rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly or becomes a threat to children was their top concern. Rust-free and adjustable gate hardware is the simple solution.”

Seasonal weather, ground settling and other factors can cause a gate to become misaligned over time and not function properly. It’s important to have gate hardware that can be easily adjusted to overcome this. TruClose self-closing, tension adjustable hinges are an ideal solution. Some models are vertically and horizontally adjustable as well. Combined with D&D adjustable, locking gate latches will ensure your gate will always function properly.

In addition to checking your fence and gate hardware, consider these backyard safety steps for your home:

* Tighten and cover any protruding bolts on swing sets and do not attach ropes or cords, which could become strangulation hazards.

* Remove old tree stumps and rocks. Level concrete footings to avoid tripping.

*Seal wooded features such as decks, swing sets and picnic tables before inclement weather sets in.

* Fence in pool and spa areas and ensure your gate is self-closing and self-latching with TruClose hinges and Magnalatch Safety Gate Latch to ensure latches are out of the reach of children.

* Eliminate access to lawn equipment and chemicals. Put these items completely out of the reach of children.

* Keep a first aid kit and a rescue kit for those backyards with water features easily accessible.

Your backyard can be one of the most exciting places for your children through the entire year. A little prevention along the way will keep it safe and provide wonderful memories for your family.

To learn more, visit www.ddtechglobal.com or to purchase online, visit Amazon.

 
 
Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksSummertime allows you to spend more time outside in the sun, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up reveling in all that nice weather, it’s important to keep your furry friends in mind. For curious pets, warm temperatures and increased outdoor time can be a recipe for trouble.

Maintaining a pet-friendly lifestyle and home in the summer doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. With a few simple tricks and tips, you can ensure your pet will thrive during the sunny summer months.

Your dog or cat is always there for you, now it’s time to do them a favor. Keep these tips from D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company, in mind for a happy and healthy pet:

  1. Keep head and paws inside the car. Driving down the road, you might see several cars with paws and heads sticking out the window. While most dogs love to feel the wind in their fur, it can seriously aggravate the mucous membranes and blow dust and dirt in their eyes. When your dog’s tongue is flying in the breeze, insects or other debris can enter nasal passages or the windpipe, possibly causing an emergency trip to the vet and even permanent damage.
  2. Check your pet’s collar regularly. For growing pups and kittens, be sure to monitor how quickly they grow. Check their collars at least once a week for the first year, or until they are fully grown. Not only does a too-tight collar cause excruciating pain, but it can literally grow right into your pet’s neck. To be safe, you should be able to easily fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.
  3. Keep your yard safe. If you like to let your pets roam in your yard, make sure you take the right safety precautions. You don’t need an expensive electric fence to keep your pets protected. For fenced-in yards, use the latest technology in gate latches such as the MagnaLatch Alert Vertical Pull. This easy-to-install latch cannot be opened by dogs and ensures your pup won’t be able to get out and lost on the street. Additionally, if the gate is left opened, the latch sounds an alarm to let you know your pets might escape. 
  4. Monitor time spent outside. Dogs are more likely to escape when they’ve been left alone for a long period of time, especially breeds that enjoy being active. Don’t leave your pet unattended for an extended period of time and make sure to check on him or her frequently.
  5. Limit exercise on hot days. While you might love taking your dog for a jog on a warm day, be extra careful on warmer days. Adjust the intensity and time of exercise for your pet according to the temperature. Asphalt soaks in the beating sun and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk on the grass if possible. On especially hot days, try to exercise during the morning or evening hours, especially for pets with white-colored ears, who are more prone to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who will have more difficulty breathing.
 
 
Protect your family all year with these backyard safety tips

Protect your family all year with these backyard safety tips

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The backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family all year long. But accidents can happen anywhere — even in the oasis of your backyard. For parents, taking extra safety precautions out back should be just as important as childproofing done indoors. (Courtesy photo)

Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family all year long. But accidents can happen anywhere — even in the oasis of your backyard. For parents, taking extra safety precautions out back should be just as important as childproofing done indoors.

To prep and maintain your yard for outdoor safe play and relaxation, here are several important steps:

Lawn

Remove tree stumps and level concrete footings to avoid tripping. Lawn debris such as rocks could become projectiles when cutting the grass. So be sure to clear the yard. Additionally, children should never be nearby while you’re using motorized equipment. Store potentially dangerous tools, equipment and chemicals completely out of the reach of children, such as in a locked shed or garage.

Fencing

A yard without a fence is like a house without walls. Fences help protect children from danger, keeping toddlers out of swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds or away from traffic or strangers. Fences can also improve pet safety, keeping your pets in your yard and other animals out and can reduce your liability by preventing injuries to uninvited guests on your property.

With that in mind, be sure your fences and gates are functional and free of rust that can render them useless or dangerous.

“Rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly or becomes a threat to children is a top homeowner concern, according to our research,” says Jim Paterson, senior vice president of D&D Technologies, which manufactures gate latches and hinges made of ultra-strong engineering polymers.

Eliminate this worry by installing high-quality fencing impervious to seasonal weather, ground settling and other factors that can cause gates to become misaligned over time. Opt for gate hardware that can be easily adjusted to function properly over the long-term.

Additionally, be sure to install pool barrier access gates with adjustable self-closing hinges and self-latching gates where the latches are out of the reach of children.

Homeowners can peruse a bevy of rust-free gate hardware and child safety latches online at www.ddtechglobal.com or in person under the Stanley Hardware brand available through most Lowe’s stores.

Sun Protection

When the sun is bearing down, skin can be susceptible to burns and permanent damage year-round. And children’s skin can be even more sensitive to harmful UV rays. Your yard should have plenty of shady areas to seek respite. Plant trees and watch them grow. Install a canopy. Adorn patio furniture with an umbrella.

 
 
Making the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard

Making the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard

Posted in: Articles,Press Coverage As the weather begins to warm and the daylight hours get longer, your yard can quickly become the most important “room” of your home. However, you aren’t alone if your backyard looks outdated and lackluster. Weather conditions can be tough on outdoor areas, but with a few simple updates, you can create the perfect outdoor living space.

Gates and gate hardware
Perhaps the first thing you and your guests see (and use) when entering your yard is the gate, so why not make a great first impression by updating rusty and squeaky gate hardware. D&D Technologies recently launched the LokkLatch Magnetic, a gate latch that operates and locks from both sides of the gate, and it’s re-keyable so you don’t have to carry multiple keys for your house. Featuring D&D’s patented magnetic latching system, and horizontal & vertical adjustment to ensure a consistent gate closure upon ground movement, LokkLatch Magnetic is the first gate lock to offer coordinating handle trim covers that match your lighting and yard accessories, and they won’t rust. Available in black, brushed and polished metal, LokkLatch Magnetic helps to create a cohesive look that enhances your outdoor living environment. Complete the look with matching TruClose self-closing gate hinges, also offering coordinating trim covers. D&D Technologies’ products feature a limited lifetime warranty and are available under the Stanley brand through select Lowe’s stores, and other hardware retailers under the National Hardware brand. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com for a full range of gate hardware products and to find a retailer near you.

Lighting
Weather permitting, your yard can be the perfect place to relax for an evening. Avoid sitting in total darkness. The many options of patio lighting including path sconces, post lamps and even string lights –all are an answer to keeping your outdoor space lit and inviting.

Furniture
The key to decorating any room in your home is attractive, comfortable furniture that beckons to be sat upon, and this is no different for your outdoor furniture. While prices on outdoor furniture can be a little overwhelming, used furniture with a little love and creativity can be good as new, without the high cost. Cozy chairs, chaise lounges and benches can gain new use with a coat of outdoor spray paint, then recover cushions and add colorful pillows to finish it off.

Plants, flowers and shrubs
Even if they’re only alive for a few months out of the year, flowers can bring any yard to life. A few strategically placed shrubs, flower beds and herb gardens can help turn your outdoor area into a lively space perfect for relaxing personal moments or parties with friends and family.

Statues and accessories
Give your backyard even more personality by selecting a few garden statues or other accessories that reflect your style – such as recycled metal sculptures, elaborately painted bird houses, unique planters or large colorful rocks.

With a few simple updates, you can easily create an outdoor retreat in your own backyard that can provide you the space for entertaining, reading and relaxing without a costly renovation. So go get started.

 
 

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