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What Not to Store in Your Basement

Basements are often treated like one giant junk drawer (hey, no judgment here). But many have also evolved to offer a below-ground hideaway for entertainment or playrooms, home offices and more. Regardless of what you use your lower level for, remember, there are still some things you should avoid storing down there. But when it’s unavoidable, a little preparation and forethought (like having the right...

The Ultimate Backyard Safety Checklist

Trampolines Trampolines can get kids and adults of all ages jumping for joy. But backyard trampoline injuries result in more than 100,000 emergency room visits a year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission — making them a leading cause of backyard injuries. Here are a few tips to improve trampoline safety.  Start each year by regularly checking the condition of your trampoline fabric and springs....

Pool Safety Tips

Having a swimming pool is a dream come true for many, but it also comes with responsibilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, very young children ages 1-4 are at the greatest risk of drowning. In most cases, the little ones were at home and had slipped outside and into the pool without anyone noticing. Even older children and adults can be at...

Five Home Improvement Tips to Make Your Home Safer

It’s impossible to prevent every accident or disaster, but there are some simple steps you can take that will go a long way to protecting your biggest investment. Know your shut-off valves. Few people know where the emergency shut-off valves are located for gas, water and electricity. Take a moment and find them, and make sure everyone in your house knows where to find them. Pro tip:...

5 Customized Emergency Kits to Weather Any Disaster

Emergency Kit for Power Outages When the power goes out, immediate concerns involve food and safety. (Read more about how to manage a power outage.) If a power outage is two hours or less, don’t worry about losing your perishable foods; an unopened fridge will keep foods cold for about four hours. Here are some helpful things to have on hand: Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers preserve...

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