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close up shot of a fire extinguisher laying on a coffee table. .
Have you ever wondered how a fire extinguisher works? How exactly does the chemical inside the container put out a fire? Find out why one particular chemical works so well on three different types of fires. To start, it’s important to understand that there are three things fires need: fuel, heat and oxygen, according to…
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There are a lot of chemicals in your home that shouldn’t be mixed — and one of the most dangerous pairings is bleach and vinegar, warns Kate Biberdorf, Ph.D., a chemistry lecturer and director of demonstrations and outreach for The University of Texas at Austin. What exactly happens when you mix these two liquids, and…
man clearing off snow from driveway.
For many parts of the country, winter means snow. It’s beautiful to look at and kids often like to play in it, but it also usually requires shoveling. Snow blowers can help with some of the work, but sometimes you’ll still need a shovel, says Consumer Reports. But shoveling is not safe for everyone. While some…
space heater on a wooden floor.
Winter is here and you’ve probably braved your apartment building’s storage area to pull out your heaviest sweaters, space heater and thick winter comforter. But while you are focused on staying warm, don’t lose your focus on being safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of home fires between 2009 to…
Hands in rubber gloves cleaning a countertop
Is there really such a thing as “move-in condition”? Maybe, especially if the home is brand new. But even a home just a few years old may need some attention before you move in. And you may want to get some of those tasks done before you bring all of your belongings to your new home.…
Ways to Keep Your Detached Garage Safe and Secure
What do you keep in your garage? Cars? Lawn equipment? Tools? Chances are, you’re storing some valuable belongings in there. While you may have home security measures in place, you may not have given as much consideration to your garage, especially if it does not provide direct access into your house. But by taking a few…
How to Protect Your Basement Storage
“Water, water, everywhere” is a dilemma some homeowners may face, particularly if moisture finds its way into the basement. A failed sump pump, for instance, can spell disaster if you have cardboard boxes full of belongings piled on the floor. That’s why, if you have basement storage, it can’t hurt to take steps when it’s…
What to Do After an Earthquake: Safety Tips
In the aftermath of an earthquake, it’s understandable that you may feel a sense of panic. Buildings may be damaged, people could be hurt and community infrastructure and services could be affected. Or maybe power lines are down, street lights stopped working and your street is full of debris. Such circumstances can be pretty scary,…
Carbon Monoxide Facts for New Homeowners
Young families settling in to their first home have a lot to think about — maybe more than they’ve ever had to consider before. With all the new financial and legal responsibilities, new neighbors, new home features and their maintenance, and more, it’s crucial that safety remains top of mind. Don’t fret — ensuring that you and your family…
Make the Holidays Happy, Not Hazardous [Infographic]
Holiday sweaters aren’t the only things that can get ugly this season. Holiday hazards at home can pose a threat to your cheer, whether you leave your valuables exposed while hosting a holiday open house, overload your electrical outlets or fail to extinguish your candles before leaving the room. For instance, Allstate found that during the…