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.

Features of Home Alarm Systems You Should Look Out For

Home security is one of the topical areas likely to shape many debates and innovations during this century. With burglars becoming more and more technical in the way they access premises, so you also need to up your game. This means you ought to have the best security systems in place.

Pennsylvania Residents Must Have Carbon Monoxide Detectors

No one particularly likes it when the Government tells us what to do in our own homes, particularly when a law mandates buying things to put in our homes, but sometimes it is for the best.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law last month which adds his state to the growing number that have some kind of mandatory requirement to install Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

In the case of Pennsylvania you are required to install them in your home if:

Make Sure Your Christmas Goodies Stay Safe This Winter

Protect your Christmas goodies

For the majority of us, Christmas shopping is the most panicky time of the year. In trying to get your family and loved ones the ideal gift, most of us shop throughout the whole of December, just looking for that special item. Do not let all of this time and effort go to waste this Christmas, just because your home security is not up to scratch.

Natural Gas Leaks: What Should You Do?

Natural gas can be extremely dangerous if it is ignited by a spark or flame or mixed with certain concentrations of air. However, if you know how to recognize a natural gas emergency, you can keep yourself and your family safe. Natural gas leaks can occur indoors or outdoors when pipes or service lines become damaged.

How To Avoid Disasters On A Construction Site

Five Opportunities for Disaster on a Construction Site

Construction has come a long way since the days of the robber barons and the Empire State building, where many workers died building what we consider today to be our greatest achievements of the time. Today, safety procedures and industry regulations work every day to save the lives of construction workers across the country, and we are a better country and a better construction industry for it.

Why Electrical DIY Is A Ridiculous Thing To Do

DIY Electrical Repairs

DIY is a booming industry that just doesn’t seem to be losing any popularity. As the nation tightens its belts and looks to save money and time 93% of people have attempted some form of DIY. As people up and down the country are climbing ladders, taking up drills, screwdrivers and hammers and extending themselves beyond their reach people are getting injured.

Keeping the Home Safe for Elderly Parents

Example of a bath safety rail

It is natural for seniors to want to live independently at home for as long as they are physically able. Home is where they feel secure. From a financial standpoint, it also may make good economic sense. Assisted living centers can be costly, so living at home may be a senior’s best option.

Five Telltale Signs Your Home Isn't Secure

Everyone should feel safe in their own homes. As human beings, we have a right to be comfortable and worry-free when we are relaxing on the couch in our pajamas or when we leave for vacation. Having the nagging feeling that your home might not be secure is a stress-point many of us don’t need. Unfortunately, your home may not be as safe as you think.

Social Smart Lock from August

August Smart Lock

Here's a new concept in home automation - the August Smart Lock which this start-up company is billing as a 'social' lock. BTW - August is the name of the company, not the month in which their product was launched.

Ok, so locks seem more like anti-social devices, after-all their primary purpose is to keep people out - not to help you be social. But this is where August have turned the old idea of locks upside-down.

Safety Precautions Before Using A Power Drill

Use a drill safely

If you use power tools on a regular basis you're probably well versed with using them safely.

However it can be good from time to time to revisit these rules in a written form so you aren't complacent. Failure to comply with the rules may result in injury to yourself or others.

Some of the main rules which you'll need to conform to include: