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Garages are easy targets for burglars because they’re not usually a homeowner’s main point of focus as far as security goes. Typically in the back or to the side of a home, garages are also often shielded from the view of neighbors and onlookers. High-quality locks and screens aren't usually intended for garage doors, making this a vulnerable point of entry for your property. Often, people use their garages for storage, storing sometimes expensive or highly valuable items there. Do everything you can to prevent entry through your garage, which can also help protect the rest of your home from unwanted burglary or break-in. 8 Security Tips to Help Prevent Garage Break-Ins 1. Put security cameras above your garage. Put visible security cameras above your garage doors. Since there is typically only one or two entrance points to a garage, one or two cameras should be enough to scare a burglar off. They shouldn't be able to enter your garage without passing right under those cameras. 2. Activate motion sensor alarms on the doors. Should a burglar find a way to hack… Read more

Some parents dread their kids' teenage years the most because that's when children start to gain their independence, going out more with friends and developing their own opinions. But the toddler years can be even scarier because your little one can find trouble to get into in every corner of your home. Though your child is in your home under your watchful eye, it’s easy to think there isn't much to worry about. But you'd be surprised to find out just how many hazards there are right in front of you that can pose a significant risk to your little ones. Though there are risks in everyday items, there are steps you can take to help mitigate this danger. Moving household items, locking them away or ensuring they are out of reach can be enough to keep your little ones safe from harm. Take a look at these common dangers and think about what you can do to child-proof your home as your little ones learn to stand, walk and explore. 1. Low Shelves If the bottom shelf on a set of shelves sits low to… Read more

Have you ever stayed in a hotel or visited someone’s home and thought, “This door just feels flimsy?” Actually, you were probably onto something! A flimsy door is a burglar’s favorite door. A lot of people assume the door is the last thing a burglar will try—that they may try to get in through a less conspicuous area like a back window. But if a burglar can tell you have a flimsy door, you're making their job a whole lot easier. It doesn't actually have to be that way! Don't make your home an easy target - fortify your doors with these simple tips and rest a little easier tonight. 1. Leave Doors Unobstructed Don’t set up deck furniture or tall potted plants in front of your doors. You want your neighbors and onlookers to have a clear view of your doors—this will make a burglar wary about breaking through them. 2. Protect Sliding Glass Doors Sliding glass doors inherently make your home vulnerable. They’re essentially giant windows through which burglars can survey a large portion of your home. So first… Read more

If you’ve been lucky, then you don't associate carbon monoxide with anything other than weapons used by villains in James Bond movies. But normal civilians come in contact with this chemical all the time and it’s important we all learn a little more about it. Besides learning what it can do to you, it's important to have a carbon monixide detector installed to help keep you safe no matter what. Did You Know? You San’t See It, Taste It or Smell It Carbon monoxide doesn’t have an odor, color or flavor, so the only way to detect it is by installing a carbon monoxide detector. If you detect it on your own, then it’s too late and an ambulance should already be on its way. Where It Comes From Carbon monoxide is produced by burning fuel, such as charcoal, kerosene, gas, wood and propane. Some household appliances like heaters, clothing dryers, furnaces, barbecues, stoves, fireplaces and power generators can also produce carbon monoxide. It Can Work Quickly or Slowly If inhaled in large amounts, carbon monoxide can be deadly - and fast. But… Read more

Adding a pool to your home can add a tremendous amount of value to it, beside the obvious savings on public pool or swimming club fees. Having a pool also makes your house the place everybody wants to hang out, which can mean a lot of responsibility in terms of maintenance and safety. Got a pool? It's summer, which means the weather is perfect for hanging poolside! Don't forget to keep these pool tips in mind, though, for a safe and happy outdoor break. 1. Don’t keep any electrical appliances near the pool. Right now, you may not be able to imagine what electrical appliances you could possibly want by the pool, but once your pool parties begin, you’ll see how quickly the appliances come out. You may want to use an electric pump to inflate a toy or plug in speakers to listen to music by the pool. No matter what, enforce a strict policy against appliances near the pool. 2. Store your kids’ pool toys. When your children are done playing in the pool, store their toys away. Having… Read more