The Only Checklist You’ll Need to Prepare for Disaster

A disaster can strike in the blink of an eye. When disasters occur people can lose access to food and water. Severe weather events are the most likely culprits, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and wildfires. Different parts of the country are prone to their own unique natural events. In Florida, a hurricane may leave [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Toddlers from Dangerous Hazards in the Home

When every human enters the world we each have a clean slate. We don’t know anything, everything is new and exciting, and we haven’t gathered the life-lessons to understand the repercussions of a mistake. This is the beauty of being a toddler. The world is a wonderland to explore. That exploration leaves a lot of [...]

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The All-Encompassing Dictionary of Home Security

As long as humans have been around, systems to protect self, family, and belongings have been necessary. The peace of mind of knowing that you are safe and secure is not unique to modern life—though modern life may present new challenges, and especially new technologies that keep you safe. The modern consumer frequently hears terms [...]

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How to Conduct a Lighting Audit of Your Home

They’re found on the patio, back porch, kitchen, bathroom, in every room of the home, and some are outside and used as motion detector devices. What are they? They’re lights, and they may be costing you money at your home or business. Lights are one of the most common sources of energy used in the [...]

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How Home Automation Helps Those With ALS

With the blink of an eye or the twitch of the face, an entire living residence can be controlled. At least this is what happens for patients with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea, Massachusetts. This residence is only the second of its kind [...]

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How to Stay Safe When Working From Home

It’s becoming increasingly more common for people to work from home. Whether they work from their house every so often, or have entire jobs that take place at the home. With this new working lifestyle comes some challenges. It’s important for employers to keep their employees safe outside of the office — rather, in their [...]

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Withings Scraps the Apple HomeKit Security Camera

One of the first cameras to be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit has been scrapped entirely. The Withings Home Plus, at least for now, will not be on shelves. Back in February, the D-Link Omna beat out Withings to have the first Apple HomeKit compatible option on the market, and now Withings will be left with [...]

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NuBryte Touchpoint Review: Smart Lighting, Not Smart Security

Imagine a burglar attempts a break-in and he trips up the motion sensors in the home. Immediately your lights begin to flash on and off to startle the intruder and alert both you and all of your neighbors that an attempted break-in has occurred. These overhead flashing lights will sound with a 100-decibel alarm, and [...]

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What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do You Need?

Fire extinguishers can seem like simple things, but homeowners trying to buy one can find themselves plunged into a dizzying set of choices between water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical extinguishers. “The whole field of fire extinguishers is a bit complicated,” said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent testing [...]

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Power Strip and Surge Protector Safety

Using power strips and surge protectors safely means understanding the difference between the two. “Very often power strips and surge (protectors) are mistaken for each other,” says Underwriter Laboratories’ consumer safety director John Drengenberg, an electrical engineer with decades of experience. “A power strip is nothing more than a short extension cord with a lot [...]

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