Safety

DeWALT Table Saw Recall

DeWALT Table Saw Recall

We’ve just been informed that DeWALT is recalling about 13,000 DEWALT DW744 Jobsite Table Saws because the pivot bracket can separate and cause kick back, posing a severe laceration hazard. The table saws were sold nationwide from April 2007 through January 2008 for approximately $500. The recall affects 10-inch DeWALT […]

Radon Testing and Remediation

Radon Testing and Remediation

The saying “An ounce of prevention…” is applicable when debating testing your home for radon contamination and then making the necessary modifications to your home to remedy the results of high levels of radon.

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Swapping harsh bleaches or detergents for mild cleaning products or CFLs for the energy-draining light bulbs of the past are just some of the easy green improvements you can make around your home. While you’re at it, consider changing your cookware.

Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety

The DIY Maven shares her tips for using extension cords safely.

Steps for Safely Disposing of a Broken CFL Light bulb

Steps for Safely Disposing of a Broken CFL Light bulb

When a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL – shown above before breaking) breaks, you must handle the contents with a bit more care as it contains mercury which is very toxic. NotMartha.org goes through the steps she took to thoroughly clean herself and the are where the bulb broke and […]

Nail Gun News

Nail Gun News

We’ve shared tips for nail gun safety but if you need a reminder of the damage that they can do when not handled properly, then check out these x-rays of folks who weren’t quite so careful.

Stash Your Stuff in Concealed Cabinets

Stash Your Stuff in Concealed Cabinets

Medicine cabinets are typically recessed and housed behind a mirror and really only look proper in the bathroom. But The Concealed Cabinet gives you the benefit of the recessed cabinet that you can have anywhere because it is hidden behind a picture frame door.

Hawaiian Homeowners Choose to Outrun Lava Flows

Hawaiian Homeowners Choose to Outrun Lava Flows

photo: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Hawaiians have many skills and talents that “mainlanders” will never have such as a taste for poi (and spam), surfing pipeline, and creating Niihau shell leis. You can now add

Work Glove Guidelines in the Workshop

Work Glove Guidelines in the Workshop

Toolcrib recommends wearing gloves while moving wood and materials into the workshop but when it comes time to use heavy machinery you must remove your gloves.OSHA concurs “Use gloves to protect hands from splinters when handling wood but do not wear them near rotating blades and other machinery parts where […]

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

The mid-west is seeing it’s first big freeze of the winter and there is no doubt this will set the foundation for ice dams on many homes. An ice dam is created when snow accumulates on the roof and is then melted by the sun and radiant heat from the […]

QVC Hosts Should Heed Our Warnings

We can’t stress ladder safety enough especially during the holiday season as folks are hanging Christmas lights and dealing with cold weather, slippery rungs, and unstable ground but these QVC and infommercial hosts have the luxury of working in a TV studio and they still can’t get it right.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters are a necessity in homes or offices where you need a more personalized temperature control that you just can’t get right through central heat or don’t have the ability to turn the air down (office buildings). But when using a heating element you should always be cautious and […]

Carbon Fiber Safety-Toe Work Boots Won’t Weight You Down

Carbon Fiber Safety-Toe Work Boots
Won’t Weight You Down

There is now an alternative to steel toed work boots. These work boots from Wolverine have a carbon fiber safety-toe and are ASTM-certified. They claim to be 50% lighter than steel and just as strong.

Secure Your Home for the Holidays

Secure Your Home for the Holidays

Kevin McAllister went to some extreme, albeit hilarious, measures to keep the burglars out of his home, but whether you are gone for a weekend or two weeks it only takes 10 minutes of one evening for a thief to run through your belongings.

10 Tips for Ladder Safety

10 Tips for Ladder Safety

The autumn/winter season provides ample opportunities to use a ladder. Whether you’re clearing leaves from gutters, checking insulation, or hanging Christmas lights, you’ll need a longer reach that a ladder provides. The first tip to properly using a step ladder is to determine the correct ladder for the job. Unfortunately […]

Southern California Wildfires Emergency Contact Information

Southern California Wildfires
Emergency Contact Information

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Southern California who are fighting the wildfires as well as the people who have lost their homes and possessions. Here is a listing of emergency wildfire contact information including evacuation sites for people and animals as well as all government agencies that […]

Fireplace Fixup

Fireplace Fixup

Here are some tips for prepping your fireplace for winter use as well as how to make sure it’s safe throughout the season.

Dig Safely Using an Underground Utility Locator

Dig Safely Using an Underground Utility Locator

Never worry about hitting another wire, cable, or pipe again with the SeekTech SR-20 utility locator from Ridgid. You should still check public records for underground hazards before digging but this new tool will provide you with even more assurance that you are digging in a safe place.

Workshop Safety Recommendations

Workshop Safety Recommendations

When planning and building your workshop, take into account these safety recommendations that provide more than an ounce of prevention. 1. Smoke Detector: A must-have not only for your workshop but every room in your house. When testing make sure you can hear it from inside the house or wherever […]

Secure Your Home

Secure Your Home

Most thieves are looking for the easiest score possible so if you take just a few preventative measures to secure your home, a thief will most likely look elsewhere.

Install a GFCI Outlet

Install a GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets are safety upgrades that every home should have. Houses built after 1993 are required to have these outlets installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and near any sink or washroom. GFCI outlets are specifically designed to shutoff the moment it detects a leak in the electrical current such as the […]