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General tips about security at your home, buying, installing and using a home security system as well security system alternatives and basic safety guidelines.

Keeping Your Kids Safe During Summer Vacation

During the school year, your children are supervised almost around the clock. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., they’re in class, being looked after by teachers and school staff. If you’re lucky, some after school activity like sports or art class keeps them occupied and with adults until 5 or 6 p.m. Maybe by the time […]

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7 Home Invasion Statistics That Will Surprise You

What are the things you think about when you take a risk? Do you think about the odds that it will go wrong? How bad the negative consequences may be? Odds and likelihood play a major role in our decision-making process. If you’re going to rely on statistics when you leave your door unlocked for […]

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How to Keep Your Home Safe from Solicitors

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just opt out of receiving door-to-door solicitors? Some homeowners put up, “Please, No Soliciting” signs, but that doesn’t mean a few traveling salesmen won’t disrespect the sign and knock on your door anyway. When we think of solicitors, we tend to think of them as an annoyance, but […]

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Home Safety 101: Do’s and Don’ts for Your Child’s Lemonade Stand

Setting up a lemonade stand is an age-old summer tradition for children. Chances are, you had one, your parents had one and your parents’ parents had one. Running a lemonade stand teaches a child about the value of a dollar, instills a strong work ethic and even makes them more comfortable with public speaking, since […]

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8 Clever Ways to Bug-Proof Your Home

It’s hard to say a bad thing about summer, except for this: the bugs! Insects come out in hoards during the summer. When you set up for a lovely dinner on the patio, you forget that bees may start landing in your salad and swarming around your ice tea. When you go for a nice […]

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Is a Panic Room Right For You?

Safe rooms, otherwise known as panic rooms, aren’t just for thriller films and apocalypse-believers. Having a safe room in your home could prevent a major tragedy in the event of a break-in or certain natural disasters. Not sure if one’s right for you? Safe rooms can be a cost and space-effective addition to your home. While reinforcing […]

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8 Safety Tips for DIY Home Playgrounds

If you plan on building a playground at home, your children will love you for it. You’ll be giving your kids an endless outlet for their energy and you’ll be doing something priceless for a parent: reducing the need to go to the park. When you have a home playground, you can stay away from some of […]

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How Your Home Automated System Can Simplify Entertaining

When you’re the host of a party, it can be difficult to enjoy your own event. You put so much time, energy and money into throwing this bash, and yet, the night just flashes before your eyes because you’re constantly changing the music and checking on cooking temperatures. Fortunately, a home automated system can help […]

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7 Fire Pit Safety Tips for the Summer

Fire pits can be the perfect outdoor addition if you live in a climate where you want to enjoy the temperate summer nights, but it doesn’t stay quite hot enough after sundown to be outdoors without some sort of heat. Fire pits also enhance the aesthetic of a porch, deck or patio and are a […]

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9 Home Fire Hazards to Avoid this Summer

Smokey the Bear was probably a staple image of your childhood. But Smokey only preached about forest hazards, and while you should certainly practice fire safety during your summer camping trips and cookouts, don’t think fire hazards only exist out in the dry brush. Your home, cool as it may be with the air conditioner running, […]

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