Safety

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

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When Was Lead Paint Banned?

Learn about the history of lead paint, why it was banned and steps to take if you find it in your house.

Why Higher OSHA Fines Are Coming In 2024

Higher fines for safety violations went into effect January 16. Why are they increasing, and by how much? Find out...


9 Bathroom Mold Types To Be Aware Of

Wondering what kind of mold is growing in your bathroom? Learn about common bathroom mold species and whether they're cause...


What To Know About the New Smoke Alarm Standards

Significant upgrades to residential smoke alarms take effect in June 2024. Here's what to know about the new standards, and...


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9 Things That Fail a Home Inspection

A guide to common home inspection pitfalls that could jeopardize your property sale or purchase.

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When and Why Was Asbestos Actually Used in Homes?

Asbestos was all the rage in postwar North America. It found its way into many construction materials, and plenty still...


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6 Things that Attract Mice

Surprisingly, cheese is not on the list!

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Do You Still Need to Spray for Bugs in Winter?

No one likes unwanted house guests. Here's how to keep bugs from moving inside for the winter.


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How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel

Follow these tips to ensure you don't bring unwanted guests home.


How To Tell If an Apple AirTag Is Tracking You and What To Do About It

Although rare, Apple's AirTag devices have been used to track the movements of unsuspecting victims. Here's how to spot this.


The Best Cities to Live In for Families

These cities are packed with parks! Did your city make the list?

What Is Creosote and Why Is It Dangerous?

Concerned about creosote? Learn what it is, where you might find it in and around your home and how to...


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Why This Is the Week to Review Your Fire Safety Plans

It's Fire Prevention Week 2023. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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Do Bats Carry Rabies?

You're more likely to contract leprosy than get rabies from a bat. But it's important to know when to worry...


What To Do in the Aftermath of a House Fire

House fires are our nation's most frequent disaster. Here's what to do next if tragedy strikes your home.


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Should You Have a Safe Room in the House?

Safe rooms protect you and your family against severe weather and home invasions, but do you need one?

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If You See a Teal Pumpkin This Halloween, This Is What It Means

Those brightly colored gourds promote an excellent cause!


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Every Camper Needs to Know How To Use This Friction Hitch

The Prusik knot is sturdy, adjustable, and incredibly easy to tie.


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6 Types of Smoke Detectors for Your Home

Working smoke detectors save lives. Here's what you need to know about these important safety devices.


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How To Spot Asbestos — And What To Do Next

Asbestos is lurking everywhere in your workplace. Do you know what to look for?


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What Is Fire Insurance?

Fire insurance isn't something you think about every day. Should you? Below, I'll explain what you should know about this...


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How To Spot and Get Rid of Poison Ivy in Your Yard

Poison ivy is thriving, and more people than ever are feeling the consequences. Here's what to do if you think...


How To Prepare an Emergency Evacuation Plan

Emergencies can happen to anyone at anytime. Learn how to keep your family calm, safe and together if you need...


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Is PVC Pipe Safe?

PVC is affordable and versatile for home plumbing, but some health advocates warn against it. Here's what to know about...


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What Does a Gas Leak Smell Like?

If you have natural gas in your home, be sure you know how to detect a leak and what to...

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How to Safely Remove Ticks

There's a right way to remove a tick. (Hint: It doesn't involve any matches.)


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How Hot Is Too Hot for Camping?

There's more to consider than just the baseline temperature.


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What You Need To Make an Earthquake Kit

Earthquakes occur without warning and can leave you isolated and without power for days. Prepare yourself by assembling an earthquake...


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Here’s How To Store Water Long-Term for Emergencies

Water is a precious resource, and it becomes even more precious during an emergency. Here's how to store it safely...


Hawaii Fires: What You Can Do to Help

Consider this your best-practices guide to supporting victims of this natural disaster.


PFOA vs. PFAS vs. PFOS: What’s the Difference?

Learn about these "forever chemicals" found in public water supplies, food products and consumer goods.