Safety & Security

Information about home safety equipment as well as alarms and smoke & carbon monoxide detectors. For information about combined Smoke & CO Alarms see this review. Also don't miss our report on DIY Home Alarm Systems.

5 Pollutants You Didn't Know Existed in Your Tap Water

Pollutants in Tap Water

You wake up in the middle of the night and wander into the kitchen for a drink of water. Like most people, you give no thought to the water coming out of the tap or white might be hiding in it. The fact is your community's water is probably supplied, at least in part, by streams, lakes and reservoirs that are open to the air or by groundwater that is susceptible to contamination from many sources. Here are a few things that you might not have known were in your last glass of water.

What Home Upgrades Will Increase Home Security And Comfort At The Same Time?

What Home Upgrades Will Increase Home Security And Comfort At The Same Time?

When you think about making home improvements, you may initially think about ways to make your home look better and improve its value at the same time. However, you should also consider practical improvements. Some improvements may help you to increase home security, which can give you more peace of mind when you are relaxing inside your home with loved ones. Many of these same upgrades can help you to feel more comfortable at home as well. If you are looking for some great home improvement ideas, these should be at the top of your list:

How to Choose the Best Safe for Your Home

home safe

Safes provide homeowners with the peace of mind that comes with knowing valuable jewelry, priceless heirlooms, cash and weapons are protected at all times. In addition to that security, rather than having to head to the bank to open your safety deposit box, you can head down to the basement to grab what you want whenever the need arises. And you don’t have to worry about your guns getting in the hands of the wrong people.

Is It Safe To Stay Home During Pest Control Work?


If you hire the experts to eliminate your pest control problem then you should not have any problem with the safety of anyone in your home. It’s important to hire an exterminator who is state licensed. This means that they have the expertise not only to carry out the work, but also do an inspection then advise you on any safety precautions you need to take.

Great Do It Yourself Wireless Home Security Systems

DIY home alarm systems
I originally wrote this roundup of the best DIY home security alarm systems back in April of 2013, however a lot has changed since then so I've reviewed the market again to find which home wireless systems are the best ones to consider as we move into 2015.

Basic Home Fire Safety Preparedness

Home Fire Safety

When I was fifteen I very nearly set fire to our house - it wasn't a deliberate act, it was just the kind of carelessness that teenagers are famous for. I was intending to deep-fry some dinner and I put a big pot of oil on the stove, put the lid on and got distracted. About 45 minutes later when I lifted the lid off the pot it immediately burst into flames.

Houseplants can be Beneficial for Children

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

It may seem strange at first glance, but having plants in your home can be quite beneficial if you have young children.

Plants are very effective in removing chemicals such as formaldehyde from the air. These chemicals can have a harmful effect on children so removing them from the atmosphere can only be a good thing.

So why are these chemicals such a problem? It has long been suspected that they are at the root of some of the childhood allergies and asthma occurrences that are so prevalent today.

3 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe This Halloween

Halloween decorations

Jack O Lanterns, costumes and candy all make Halloween fun, but having the streets filled with costumed individuals asking strangers for handouts provides an opportunity for burglars to conceal themselves in the crowd.

How To Make Life Difficult For A Burglar

security grilles

The safety of a home is very important but it often only becomes a priority when a crime occurs. Most people believe that they are living in a safe environment, but are oblivious to the crime that actually goes on without them knowing. People are under the impression that their houses are safe so they do not take the necessary precautions. However, you would be surprised at the crime rates in some places and how these numbers even astonish the people that live in the area.

How to Test Your Pipes for Lead

old water pipes

It’s a possible area of risk that may be in your house right now – lead pipes. Lead is a toxic metal that causes harm when it is inhaled or swallowed. While many may be aware of the risk of breathing in lead from lead paint chips and dust, lead used in plumbing fixtures can also transfer the toxin into your water supply.