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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    Fact or Fiction: Is Cheese the Best Bait for Mice?

    It may seem natural to bait mouse traps with cheese, but experts say you'll have better luck luring your resident rodent with a sweet treat.

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    What the Different Types of Winter Storm Warnings Mean

    Keep yourself safe this winter by learning the subtle differences between winter storm advisories, warnings and watches.


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    How to Keep Your Kids Safe Outside This Winter

    Part of winter's beauty is having fun in all that snow. Get the whole family outside with these tips on...


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    10 Important Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Winter

    Your furry friends get chilly, too! Veterinarians explain how to protect dogs and cats when it's cold outside.


    8 Scary Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Toxic

    A roaring fire can really make wintertime more bearable. But could it be dangerous to your health? Sadly, yes. Here's...

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    Are Two Face Masks Better Than One for COVID-19 Protection?

    Wearing a face mask can prevent the spread of COVID-19, but can two masks offer more protection? Here's what experts...


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    You Won’t Believe What Could Be Growing in Your Tap Water

    Researchers found bacteria in tap water can actually proliferate if a faucet has gone unused for a few days. Luckily,...


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    Fact or Fiction: Why Can’t You Put Metal in the Microwave?

    Can you really set your microwave on fire? It depends. (And no, you shouldn't try this at home to test...


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    If You Live in an Old House, There Could Be Razor Blades in Your Walls

    If your house was built before 1970, it's likely there are razor blades in your walls. Here's why.


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    Guide to Antimicrobial Home Hardware and Housewares

    A wide range of antimicrobial home hardware and housewares may make the high-touch surfaces in your home safer from bacteria...


    10 Products You Can Buy at Home Centers That Actually Violate Building Code

    As a DIYer, you need to know which products meet building code and which ones will fail an inspection. These...


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    15 Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

    These things home inspectors wish you knew can help sellers prepare for a home sale and make buyers aware of...


    15 Hidden Dangers in Your Home You Should Never Ignore

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is not the philosophy to live by when you're a homeowner. The plumbing...

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    Fact or Fiction: Are Nonstick Pans Safe?

    According to a new report, certain nonstick cookware releases “forever chemicals” into the food we eat. Here’s what you need...


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    8 Best Home Security Lights

    Don't be left in the dark! You'll know exactly what's going on around your home when you invest in top-rated...


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    Should You Have Air Quality Monitors in Your Home?

    An indoor air quality monitor can detect dangerous gases, chemicals and particulates in your home. Find out how they work...


    7 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    It's time — now — to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in place and working to protect you...


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    Dirty Facts About Winter Clothing (and Tips for Keeping It Clean)

    Keep safe and healthy this winter by cleaning your cold-weather outerwear more often to stop the spread of germs and...


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    What You Need to Know About Egress Windows

    To convert your basement into a bedroom, you'll need an egress window. Discover what they are and why they're so...


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    5 Best Practices For Contractors Working Alone

    If you find yourself working alone on a jobsite, follow these best practices for safety and productivity.


    Vintage Family Handyman Feature: Home Safety Products from the ’80s

    In celebration of Family Handyman's 70th Anniversary, take a look back at this article on home safety products from 1982.

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    Why You Should Always Trim Candle Wicks Before Lighting

    Here's why the simple step of trimming a candle's wick before lighting will help you maximize the life of your...


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    This Month Holds the Highest Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    December ranks as the riskiest month for carbon monoxide poisoning as temperatures drop, furnaces fire up and more people gather...


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    Best Home Safes Security Experts Use in Their Homes

    These are the best home safes to protect your personal items from everything from burglars to catastrophes.


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    10 Potential Holiday Dangers for Your Dog

    The holidays bring good cheer, which we all need, but they can also present some dangerous situations for your dog.


    Shop Local with These 10 Holiday Gifts From Small Businesses

    From handmade pottery to cutting boards, smudge sticks and a customized Xbox gaming station, local vendors are delivering quaint and...


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    Use This Trick If Someone Is Stealing Your Mail

    Do you have a sneaking suspicion that some of your mail is being picked up by thieves? Here's how you...