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Home Safety Tips

These home safety tips will help you keep your family safe during storms, prevent home fires and how to work alone safely.

  1. Blackout Guide

    Prepare for emergencies when the power goes out. Our staff and field editors put together a blackout kit that'll help you and your home survive the electrical outage more safely and conveniently, even if you don't have a back-up generator.

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  1. How to Remove a Broken Light Bulb


    We've all had a light bulb break when replacing a burned out one. We'll show you a couple of ways to remove a broken light bulb from a light socket.

  2. How to Remove Lead Paint Safely


    You don’t have to call in expensive consultants to work safely around lead paint. Follow these commonsense steps to keep your home lead-safe and worry-free.

  3. Storm Safety Tips


    Storms and natural disasters kill people in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. These safety tips explain how to keep yourself safe from hidden dangers in and outside the home. Photo: Getty Images Photographer Todd Gipstein

  4. How to Store Gasoline


    Store gasoline in approved containers and well away from ignition sources and where children can't reach it. Add a fuel stabilizer as well.

  5. Accident Prevention: Backup Alarms


    Replace your vehicle backup bulbs with alarm bulbs to alert folks nearby for safer backing. It's quick and easy. Or add a louder freestanding backup alarm under your vehicle.

  6. All About Christmas Tree Safety


    Keep your Christmas tree fire-safe by keeping it watered. Buy it fresh, pull light plugs overnight, keep it well away from candles and fireplaces, and other fire prevention tips.

  7. What Is Radon


    What is radon? More important, how do you know if your house has it? We’ll show you how to test for radon—and how to stop radon from getting into your home. Illustration by Peter Hoey

  8. How to Prevent Home Fires


    You can vastly cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention steps. This article lists the “Big 7” most common causes of preventable fires and tells you the simple things you can and should do to keep them from starting. Prevention costs little or nothing.

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