Safety & Security

Information about home safety equipment as well as alarms and smoke & carbon monoxide detectors. For information about combined Smoke & CO Alarms see this review. Also don't miss our report on DIY Home Alarm Systems.

6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Security

6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Security

Even if you live in a good neighborhood and keep your windows locked at all times, home security is an issue that should always be at the forefront of your mind. Many homeowners use “Beware of Dog” signs and other decoys as the extent of their security efforts.

However, there are numerous small home improvements that will maximize your home security even more. With these precautions, you’ll minimize the risk of having your home burglarized.

10 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Safe for Kids and the Elderly

10 Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Safe for Kids and the Elderly

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for kids, people with mobility issues, and the elderly.

Many accidents and personal injuries that occur at home happen in the bathroom. In fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 235,000 people over 15 years old receive emergency room treatment every year because of bathroom-related injuries. To avoid such a scenario, here are tips to consider to prevent further accidents inside your bathroom.

5 Reasons Why Work Boots are Essential in Home Improvement Projects

Work Boots are Essential for Home Improvement Projects

Don’t make a mistake and think that the fact that you’re working around your home means you can dress casually. You might say that you’re not a craftsman by trade, but that is precisely why you need the most adequate protection. You’ll probably be working with some power equipment which you also probably don’t know how to handle perfectly, meaning that the chances of injury just got higher.

Okay, you’ll supply the protection. But the thing is that most people are focused on their upper body, mostly on their arms. You’ll think about safety precautions before using a power drill, won’t you? You’ll have to protect your arms, head, chest, and legs. But it’s as if people are not aware that their feet are a part of their legs. When things don’t fall on your head, they fall on your toes, right? But there’s much more than that.

Dig Safely With The Help Of A Metal Detector

using a metal detector

No matter what your home improvement project, if you’ve got to dig up the ground to get it done, you’ll need to know what’s underneath the ground before you start digging.  In situations like these, metal detectors can come in very handy! Here to tell us more about how metal detectors can be used to help homeowners dig up their property safely is Daniel Bernzweig of

Is It Safe To Stay Home During Pest Control Work?

Is It Safe To Stay Home During Pest Control Work?

If you hire the experts to eliminate your pest control problem then you should not have any problem with the safety of anyone in your home. It’s important to hire an exterminator who is state licensed. This means that they have the expertise not only to carry out the work, but also do an inspection then advise you on any safety precautions you need to take.

What preparations do you need to make before your pest control appointment?

For routine pest control treatments most of the work takes place outside of your home. The idea is to prevent any unwanted pests from gaining access to your property. You need to make sure that the exterminators have unrestricted access to the exterior of your home. You also need to make sure that your children and the family pets are not playing in the area to be treated.

4 of the Best DIY Wireless Home Security Systems

DIY Wireless Home Security Systems

I originally wrote this roundup of the best DIY home security alarm systems back in April of 2013, however a lot has changed since then so I've reviewed the market again to find which home wireless systems are the best ones to consider as we move into 2015.

Basic Home Fire Safety Preparedness

Basic Home Fire Safety Preparedness

When I was fifteen I very nearly set fire to our house - it wasn't a deliberate act, it was just the kind of carelessness that teenagers are famous for. I was intending to deep-fry some dinner and I put a big pot of oil on the stove, put the lid on and got distracted. About 45 minutes later when I lifted the lid off the pot it immediately burst into flames.

Having been taught basic fire safety and emergency procedures at school, I knew immediately that dowsing the flames with water was just about the worst thing I could do - this fire would have to be starved of oxygen immediately. I was able to smother the fire by dropping the lid back on with the use of a broom stick - had that failed I would have smothered it with a fire safety blanket.

How to Test Your Pipes for Lead

How to Test Your Pipes for Lead #LeadPipes #HomeImprovement

It’s a possible area of risk that may be in your house right now – lead pipes. Lead is a toxic metal that causes harm when it is inhaled or swallowed. While many may be aware of the risk of breathing in lead from lead paint chips and dust, lead used in plumbing fixtures can also transfer the toxin into your water supply.

Kids under the age of six are at the biggest risk of lead exposure. Lead can also do serious harm to pregnant women and nursing mothers. The result can be physical and developmental delays in children.

Keeping the Home Safe for Elderly Parents

Keeping the Home Safe for Elderly Parents

It is natural for seniors to want to live independently at home for as long as they are physically able. Home is where they feel secure. From a financial standpoint, it also may make good economic sense. Assisted living centers can be costly, so living at home may be a senior’s best option.

Although home is where seniors feel the safest, it actually contains many safety hazards that are potentially dangerous. Not only does the risk of falling increase as a person ages, but the chances of being injured from such accidents increases as well. Taking the necessary precautions to safeguard the home will help ensure that your loved one can enjoy the independence of living at home.

Five Telltale Signs Your Home Isn't Secure

Telltale Signs Your Home Isn't Secure

Everyone should feel safe in their own homes. As human beings, we have a right to be comfortable and worry-free when we are relaxing on the couch in our pajamas or when we leave for vacation. Having the nagging feeling that your home might not be secure is a stress-point many of us don’t need. Unfortunately, your home may not be as safe as you think.

Luckily, thinking about the safety and security of your home is easy – especially if you do so before an actual incidence has occurred. There are certain signs that burglars and criminals look for when deciding upon their next target. Below are five important signs that might indicate that your home is a prime target. Take a look and decrease the likelihood that your home falls victim to an intrusion.


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