Hopefully, this will never happen to you. But, there are circumstances – a fire, for example – when you and your family would need to exit through a window. It pays to be prepared for that eventuality.Read More
You never want to smell smoke in your home and realize there’s a fire. That’s why it is important to be diligent about fire safety. Experts recommend that homeowners be especially careful with the following common household items:Read More
It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate.
Do you let him in?Read More
You’ve seen fire extinguishers in commercial environments, such as schools, stores and workplaces. Does it make sense to have one in your home? According to the experts, yes. In fact, a fire...Read More
In almost every movie featuring a house on fire, the actors seem to be able to move around the house and see just fine, while beating back flames with a shirt or coat. Of course, that’s not what happens in real fires. When there’s fire in a home...Read More
No one wants to deal with a burglary. How do you reduce the chances of one happening?
Fortunately, burglaries are a well-studied phenomenon — especially by law enforcement. These studies have identified specific things you can do to cut the risk dramatically. Here are some ideas:...Read More
Cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their hacking initiatives. Their techniques now go beyond well-known scams such as email “phishing”. Therefore, as the latest technologies enable many of us to embrace user-friendly conveniences, we must be sure to question the complexity and safety on each one. Consider some...Read More
You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t want them in your home. Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around your property where it belongs: outside...Read More
You’ve no doubt noticed the occasional news report about a product being recalled for safety reasons. For example, a car model with a brake problem, or a children’s toy that, under some circumstances, may cause injury...Read More
Gone are the days when garages were simply used as parking areas and otherwise ignored. Nowadays, residential spaces have become more costly so garages tend to be used for a wider range of purposes, such as workshops, exercise rooms and entertainment centres. As garages become more multi-functional, safety becomes more important. Keeping this reality in mind, here are some tips to consider:Read More
If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away. Here are some additional tips that are easy to miss:Read More
Electricity in the home is so commonplace that it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. According to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, an electrical shock can knock you unconscious, cause a serious burn, or even stop your heartbeat.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk.·
- Install safety plugs in outlets that young children can reach.·
- Never plug in anything with a frayed or otherwise damaged power cord.
- Never use a plugged-in computer, hair dryer, or other electrically-powered item near a filled sink or bathtub. This includes phones with power cords.·
- Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or while standing in water. (Water is a remarkably efficient conductor of electricity.)
- Always turn off the appropriate breaker before doing any electrical work, such as installing a new light fixture.
- When replacing a broken light bulb, turn off the breaker first. Although the glass is broken, the filament may still be conducting electricity.
· Finally, unless you're an expert or an electrician, never do any major electrical work on your own. Hire a professional.
If you have young children, or expect a visit from friends or relatives with little ones in tow, it pays to ensure your home is free of hazards. The last thing you want is an injury that could have easily been prevented.
Here are some basic childproofing tips...Read More