Safety

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or smell but are extremely toxic. This includes radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Early detection and […]

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]

Hurriquake – Disaster Resistant Nails

Hurriquake – Disaster Resistant Nails

The winner of Popular Science’s “Innovation of the Year” is the Hurriquake Nail. These nails feature a larger head, shear shank, and deeper rings which Hurriquake claims to increase nail retention by up to 50%. If you live in an area with regular hurricanes or high-wind storms or you are […]

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

This isn’t 18th century London so it’s up to us to clean and maintain our chimneys. It’s important to regulary inspect your chimney throughout the year, as well as take steps to prep it for use during the winter months. Without proper maintenance your chimney can become a fire hazard […]

DIY Safety Tips

DIY Safety Tips

Just a friendly reminder to take measures to protect yourself when working on projects around the house. An ounce of prevention…

Kid-Proofing Your Home

Kid-Proofing Your Home

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Installing a Pool Fence

Installing a Pool Fence

It’s important to follow pool safety guidelines and one of the first rules is taking preventative measures by installing a pool fence. A pool fence should be mandatory for pool owners with small children as most of you know how quickly you can lose site of your kids and how […]

The Safest Table Saw

The Safest Table Saw

We’re all in agreement that retaining 10 digits is a top priority, but if you’ve done any wood working, you may have had some close calls. The SawStop promises to save fingers if they happen to make contact with a spinning blade. This safety feature is always on and could […]

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Mike Cain over at dannylipford.com has written an expert article regarding the dangers of overloading electrical outlets. Along with your cabinets, countertops, and appliances, you should also make sure you consider your power needs during a kitchen remodel and if you will need to upgrade and rewire your new kitchen. […]

FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

There is a not so new organization called FLASH that has partnered with Bob Vila to create an interactive home map that can help you identify the parts of your home that are susceptible to natural disasters. FLASH mission statement To partner with like-minded organizations from the public, private and […]

Swimming Pool Safety

If you own a swimming pool or plan on installing one soon, please keep these safety precautions in mind and make sure you adhere to them throughout the year. Water Safety [Red Cross]

Install Wood Stair Railing

Install Wood Stair Railing

Installing wood stair railing is a very common do-it-yourself project that improves the safety of your home. Tom Silva of This Old House shares some tips for installing a wood stair railing. Any stair without a handrail is dangerous, so I’m glad you’re taking action. You’re also right to anchor […]

Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

From the 3-foot stool to the 15-foot extender, a fall from any height can be disastrous. Follow these OSHA guidelines before making any risky calls when using your ladder. Reading through these guidelines can also refresh your memory on ladder safety. Ladder Safety [OSHA]