Safety Security
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One Really Good Reason to Sleep with Your Bedroom Door ClosedLiving
If you thought leaving your bedroom door open every night was the safer way to sleep, then think again. According to new research from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), in the event of a home fire, a closed door can actually be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke, and flames—plus it might buy you more time to escape.
Dec 23, 2018
Try This IRL Trick for Shopping Incognito on AmazonLiving
Gift-giving season means we all have to be a little stealthier about our online shopping—especially if you share accounts with the people you’re trying to surprise. Or maybe you found the perfect thing to finish your shopping list, but don’t want to give your credit card info over to the Amazon machine to get it. Whatever your reason for wanting to shop incognito, we have the answer: Amazon Cash. Amazon Cash, my friends, the answer is Amazon Cash.
Dec 10, 2018
12 Things You Should Never Do With Your Christmas TreeLiving
They may be pretty, but choosing and taking care of a Christmas tree takes more effort than you might think. Whether you go all out for a traditional Douglas Fir or opt for an artificial tree, planning ahead will make your holiday season far more festive—and, more importantly, safe. Time to deck the halls in your neck of the woods? Here are a few things not to forget as you purchase, set up, and care for your tree.
Dec 4, 2018
5 Surprising (and Costly) Ways Smoking Can Ruin Your HomeLiving
Smoking doesn't just ruin a smoker's health—it's ruining their home, too.
Nov 15, 2018
Is It Bad That My Phone Charger Is Always Plugged In?Living
We’ve all heard that “overcharging” your phone (aka leaving it plugged in after sufficiently charging the battery) can reduce your phone battery’s effectiveness over time. But have you ever wondered about the charger itself? With your cord plugged into the wall (behind the bed, next to the sofa) around the clock, could your charging setup be costing you money or posing a safety hazard?
Nov 11, 2018
10 Other Smart Things to Do This Weekend (After You Set Your Clocks Back an Hour)Organize & Clean
I can’t be the only one who could use an extra hour of sleep right about now. This is most definitely not going to be a post about what other things you can do with that sixty minutes borrowed from last spring. (The answer is sleep. It’s always sleep.) But it’s smart to tie some of your semi-annual housekeeping tasks to Daylight Saving Time—a moment that rolls around twice yearly like, well, clockwork.
Nov 2, 2018
Don’t Fall for These 6 Common Castile Soap Cleaning MistakesOrganize & Clean
Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it's effective (or safe) to use on everything under the sun.
Oct 16, 2018
7 Things You Should Never Do With a Magic EraserOrganize & Clean
We can all agree they're kind of amazing.
Oct 1, 2018
Rubbing Alcohol Is Great for Cleaning, But Here Are 6 Things You Should Never DoOrganize & Clean
Common first-aid supplies like rubbing alcohol can pack an extra punch against germs, but that doesn't mean they don't come with risks.
Sep 17, 2018
Here’s What to Keep and Throw Out After a Power OutageLiving
Whether you live in an area that’s prone to thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or any other number of natural disasters, if the power goes out, we all have the same questions: How long can we still eat the food in the refrigerator or freezer, and what should we keep or pitch after the power comes back on? Here’s a guide to help you both monitor and know what to do with food when there’s no electricity.
Sep 13, 2018
Here’s How to Remove Something from Your Amazon HistoryLiving
In case you're trying to outsmart a nosy partner, or just want to make sure Amazon understands that cat lady tote was a one-time gag gift.
Sep 10, 2018
One Wise Thing You Can Do for Your Home This Labor Day WeekendOrganize & Clean
It will never be not true that solving a problem when it’s small is much easier — and, when it comes to home maintenance, drastically more cost effective — than solving a problem that’s grown. While we’re outside grilling or sipping on something relaxing this Labor Day weekend, we’re going to take a little stroll around the perimeter and see if there might be a little problem we need to address now, before it gets bigger.
Aug 31, 2018
The Scary Reason I’ll Never Cook with Glass Pans AgainLiving
Chief among the sounds you never want to hear in your kitchen is an explosive shattering of glass. I’m here to tell you that the stuff of urban legend sometimes is true. Picture a cozy Sunday supper underway: my husband, Brian, is making his mom’s Yorkshire pudding to go with a beef roast and carrots and buttermilk-poached cauliflower. Our neighbors are over with their sweet toddler.
Aug 11, 2018
10 Essential IKEA Finds for Anyone Who Lives with RoommatesLiving
Having roommates isn’t always easy. For every good thing you share (a.k.a. rent, bills, groceries, etc.) there’s usually something a little more difficult (i.e. space and storage) to divvy up. Thankfully, IKEA knows the roomie struggle is real. The super stylish and affordable retailer offers tons of roommate-friendly solutions—think: Furnishings that are lockable and dividable—to help make sharing and sorting household stuff easier.
Jul 26, 2018
IKEA Issues A Recall For Its SLADDA BikeLiving
Say goodbye to SLADDA: IKEA announced a full recall for its innovative bike due to fall hazard reports. SLADDA, which won some impressive design awards when it debuted in 2016 and only becoming available for purchase for $399 just last January, was part of the Swedish company’s drive to make cities less dependent on cars (and easier for city dwellers to care for).
Jun 6, 2018
Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your CarLiving
If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose. Specifically, Oklahoma’s Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250°F.
May 20, 2018
Do Household Cleaning Products Actually Expire?Organize & Clean
Do you know how old your furniture polish is? If you have to think back to a specific purchase and then do math, chances are it’s expired. And what about those other products you have to reach way back in the cupboard for — those products you only use a few times a year? Yep, almost all cleaning products expire — but what does that mean exactly? Simply put, it means that they’ll break down and become less effective.
Mar 26, 2018
Smoke Detector is Recalled for Failing to Do The One Thing It’s Designed ForLiving
Few things are as basic and integral to the safety of a home as the humble smoke detector. Everyone has to have one and you should stay on top of making sure all of the batteries are still good and that you didn’t forget to screw it all the way back in after burning your brussel sprouts. The US Consumer Product Safety Commision recently recalled Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms for failing to detect smoke.
Mar 22, 2018
This Is the Best Twitter Account on the Internet and I Will Not Hear OtherwiseLiving
Twitter is a flawed, maddening, beautiful place that can be pretty taxing sometimes. But there is a beacon in the dark, a lighthouse amongst the hashtag ridden detritus: The US Consumer Product Safety Commision account. Hear me out. While neither straight up humor or a necessary source for keeping up with our current news cycle, it is nevertheless one of the best accounts on the internet. It’s run by a genius.
Mar 21, 2018
Amazon Just Announced a Recall On Power BanksLiving
Power banks are key for keeping your phone alive during long days or travel, but some could cause more problems than they solve. Amazon announced a recall Monday on several of its AmazonBasics power banks. Here’s how to know if yours is one of them. AmazonBasics is the company’s in house brand that provides no-frills products without the markup. “We are voluntarily recalling six models of AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks in cooperation with the U.S.
Mar 12, 2018
What Else To Do When You Change Your Clocks This WeekendOrganize & Clean
If your mother hasn’t called to remind you yet (mine did), allow me: daylight saving time starts tomorrow, March 11th. Which means it’s time to move clocks forward an hour (and time for my semi-annual humiliation as I push a bunch of buttons on my oven clock and it just blinks back at me interminably.) As you go about your home doing this (hopefully with more skill than me), there are some other important household undertakings you should consider doing at the same time.
Mar 10, 2018
Whirlpool Has Recalled These Kettles For a Burn HazardLiving
Time to check your kitchen counter: Whirlpool has recalled their KitchenAid brand electric kettle. They’ve recalled around 40,200 units in the US and 47,300 in Canada due to burn hazards. The recall is for the KitchenAid 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles in black, red, white, graphite and stainless steel and cocoa silver. After over 70 reports of the handle breaking off of the kettle and with a few extreme cases causing minor burns, the company recalled the product on February 20th.
Feb 23, 2018
That Facebook Quiz Could Be A ScamLiving
We’re all guilty of trolling Facebook during intense moments of boredom and landing on a seemingly harmless quiz. “What celebrity is your personality twin?” Or “Which winter color represents your mood?” To your surprise, you discover that you’re a winter white, however, The Council of Better Business Bureaus says that we may be giving away more than we bargained for.
Feb 10, 2018
Simple Steps for Preparing for Emergencies, Courtesy of IDEOLiving
You know you should have a disaster preparedness plan, you really do. You know you should have water, and cans of food, and a flashlight and a plan, but everytime you start to think about getting it all together you just get overwhelmed.
Feb 3, 2018
The Dreaded Black Mold: Is It Affecting Your Household?Organize & Clean
What to do if you suspect mold has taken hold.
Jan 17, 2018
Are Your Neighbors Locking Their Doors? This Survey Tells AllLiving
Growing up in a city, everyone I knew locked their door. Granted, we all hid keys in easy to find places like the doormat right in front of the locked door, but we locked them nevertheless. Turns out, not every region of the country locks their doors equally. A new survey from looks at the door locking habits of folks across the country. While they have a reputation for being easy-going and welcoming, turns out Southerners draw the line at letting you just waltz on into their homes.
Jan 8, 2018
The Biggest Celebrity Break-Ins of 2017 (And What You Can Learn From Them)Living
From breakups to break-ins, the paparazzi captured all the highs and lows of 2017—including the aftermath of some of the most costly celebrity robberies. Multiple Hollywood stars made headlines as their homes were robbed and thieves made off with millions of dollars in valuables. Here’s what you can learn from their mistakes. With so many high-profile break-ins this last year, it begs the question: what security measures are in place and is it enough?
Dec 30, 2017
Here’s How to Protect Your Pets During Cold WeatherLiving
Many places in the United States are facing an extreme cold front this week, with temperatures much chillier than normal for early in the winter season. While that might means you need to bundle up a bit more for New Year’s Eve festivities, don’t forget about your four legged family members. Here are a few ways that you can protect pets from the cold.
Dec 29, 2017
All The Ways the Holidays Can Send You to the ER, According to New StudiesLiving
My mom ends every phone conversation with me “drive carefully.” I could be sitting on the sofa in my living room (frankly in most cases I am) and those will still be her parting words to me. On New Year’s Eve – and most other holidays—that salutation gets even more emphatic given all the alcohol flowing this time of year and the heightened potential to encounter drunk drivers on the road. In fact, a new analysis from Alcohol.
Dec 22, 2017
‘Tis The Season for Package Theft: Here’s How the Smartest Criminals Steal Your StuffLiving
One of the wonders of online shopping is that you can do it from the couch in your PJs or on the train during your commute. One of the drawbacks—especially around the holidays—is the uptick in package theft. Crafty criminals have come up with smart ways to steal your stuff, but there are companies out there aiming to curb it. The New York Times reported this week that UPS plans to deliver 750 million packages this season, which is up from 500 million just five years ago.
Dec 21, 2017
This 2-in-1 Clock Meets Emergency Kit Could Save Your LifeStyle
We’d be hard-pressed to think of a more thoughtful two-in-one design than this clever clock-emergency kit combo from Seoul design firm SWNA. Fittingly named the Life Clock, the eye-catching timekeeper comes equipped with a set of tools that are specifically tailored for use in case of a natural disaster.
Dec 17, 2017
West Elm Recalls Task Lamp for Shock HazardLiving
Have one of these popular West Elm lamps? We have some news: they are being recalled due to a shock hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Here’s what you need to know if you have one.
Dec 5, 2017
Here’s Your Reminder That You Should Never Plug A Space Heater Into a Power StripLiving
The temperatures are starting to drop, and if your home is a bit drafty, chances are there’s a space heater making its seasonal return from the depths of the closet. Though before you plug it in, one fire department has an important reminder on how to safely operate the units. “The weather is getting colder, and people are pulling out their space heaters,” the fire department shared in a Facebook post.
Dec 2, 2017
IKEA Reissues MALM Recall After Another Tipping FatalityLiving
Do you have small children at home? IKEA wants to remind you that its dressers—including the popular MALM series—pose a tipping hazard when they’re not securely fastened to the wall. The original voluntary recall was first announced in June 2016 following several reports of deaths and injuries caused by the units tipping over. The company was (and still is) offering free anchoring kits to repair the current pieces, or a full or partial refund for recalled models.
Nov 21, 2017
Is it a Bad Thing to Give Stores Your Zip Code When You’re Shopping?Living
While many of us do the bulk of our shopping online throughout the year, as we gear up for the holidays, it’s inevitable we will hit up some brick-and-mortar stores. When it comes time to check out at some of these retail stores, you might be surprised how many ask for personal information, particularly your ZIP code, in order to complete the transaction.
Nov 13, 2017
How To Protect Your Home During a Hurricane or Other Severe WeatherStyle
Be sure to take these steps before and during a storm.
Aug 25, 2017
Bath & Body Works Candle Explodes, Sends Texas Woman to ERLiving
One Texas woman endured a harrowing experience last week when her Bath & Body Works candle unexpectedly erupted in 6-inch flames, engulfing her face and sending her to the emergency room with first and second degree burns. And the entire ordeal was all caught on a home surveillance video captured by her family’s Nest camera.
Aug 1, 2017
Wait, What? Some Urban Legends Are Actually True?! (Or: Can a Rat Really Crawl Up My Toilet?)Living
Urban legends. Old wives’ tales. It doesn’t matter what you call them. They add up to one thing: A bunch of scary, if unlikely, events that could maybe, possibly, if the right set of circumstances were met, be true. So, yeah, the whole thing about urban legends is that they’re mysterious and shrouded in the fear of the unknown. But thankfully, we live in the era of unlimited information at our fingertips (and one great TV show called Mythbusters), so we actually have answers.
Jul 25, 2017
Here’s One Big Reason Not To Sleep With Your Charging PhoneLiving
We already know that sleeping with your phone can negatively impact your health and relationship, but if that’s not enough to break your before bed screen habit, then perhaps the risk of fire will have you thinking twice before tucking in next to your electronics. A New Hampshire fire department recently posted a powerful message on Facebook about the dangers of sleeping with your charging electronics.
Jul 9, 2017
Study Reveals The Most Common Items that Go Missing at HomeLiving
Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year simply replacing the items they can't find.
Jun 29, 2017
These Are the Most Common Places People Hide Their KeysLiving
While we all have a fear of locking ourselves out of our homes, how many of us actually do something about it? According to a recent survey of 1,000 homeowners by Eyewitness Surveillance—a home security company based in Hanover, Maryland—18% of American households have a physical key hidden outside of their home.
Jun 22, 2017
The Small Safety Risk Too Many People Are Taking at Home: Some Quick Facts About Home BurglariesLiving
Many homeowners will tell you that securing their home is a top priority, however, that doesn’t mean home invasions aren’t a very real threat for Americans. According to a new survey by Eyewitness Surveillance—a commercial surveillance company based in Maryland—a burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, resulting in a startling 2.5 million home intrusions reported every year.
Jun 15, 2017
Don’t Risk It: Think Twice Before Sharing Vacation Pics OnlineLiving
As much as we love spending time on social media, some of the unexpected burdens it brings kind of make us want to log off permanently. Just kidding – that probably won’t ever happen, but while we’re sharing, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to become so blinded by the likes that we stop prioritizing the need to protect ourselves online.
Apr 29, 2017
A Stylish Anti-Theft Backpack (You Can Stop Wearing Yours Backwards Now)Style
Well, Spring has finally sprung (at least for us here in New York City!) and I know everyone — myself included — is starting to get that warm weather travel bug. There’s nothing quite like a backpack when you’re traveling, and while any loyal Apartment Therapy reader knows that we simply LOVE to talk about luggage, there’s a new kid on the block. Today I’m excited to share Bobby, which I first saw at the New York Now show a few months ago.
Apr 15, 2017
Here’s How a Doorknob (Yes, a Doorknob) Started a FireLiving
This week, Reddit was shook when one user shared a cautionary tale of accidental fire at their home. Not by an unattended candle, or a frayed wire, or even unventilated electronics—but by a doorknob.
Jan 29, 2017
It’s Not Too Late: Make Sure Your Car is Ready for the Worst of WinterOrganize & Clean
Many areas of the country have been seeing unseasonably warm weather this year, but most forecasters agree that it’s not yet time to hang up our coats. So use this comparatively mild weather like a snooze button for winterizing your home-away-from-home. If you haven’t prepped your car for winter yet, now is the time to get it done. Winter is here. The extreme temperatures and other environmental factors can wear your car down faster than you can say “Is it Spring yet?
Jan 28, 2017
Can I Safely Hang Art Above My Bed in Earthquake Territory?Style
Q: Most of the country doesn’t really have to think about this, but living in California we do. We have a large and beautiful wall behind our bed that is directly where your eyes go when you enter the room. Typically we would splurge on a nice large piece of art, but living with earthquakes that is totally frowned upon. Obviously getting smacked in the face in the middle of the night with a painting or mirror would not be great. What other ideas should we explore beyond wall paper?
Jan 25, 2017
This Weekend: Help Your Body Catch Up With Your BrainHome Projects
Even though your brain knows the clock is about to turn back, your body doesn’t always get the memo. Some of us will sail through the time change seamlessly, and others will feel out of sorts for days. Start this week so that, before you go to sleep next Monday night — and set your clock an hour earlier — you’re already caught up.
Oct 28, 2016
10 Things You Should Always Keep in a Fireproof File Cabinet or Safe
Get these 10 things out of your car, wallet and drawers and into a safe place—literally. A fireproof safe will make sure all the documents protecting you, your assets, and your loved ones are secured in case of almost any catastrophic event, as well as allow you to keep all your important info in one convenient, private, burglar-proof location. And if you’re not currently in a position to acquire a heavy, high-quality safe, I’ve got you covered!
Sep 26, 2016
How To Join the Club of People Who Will Never Get Scammed or Defrauded
Anyone who’s ever been the victim of consumer fraud or had their identity stolen can tell you that it strikes without warning, and more than you think. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 17 million people were the victims of identity theft in 2014.
Aug 22, 2016
Worth It: Safety & Security Discussions You Should Have With Your Roommates
I come from a very long line of “better safe than sorry” people. While some might consider my idea of home safety on the paranoid side, my dad thinks I play it fast and loose with potential robbers. Regardless of your own personal ideas of home security, along with rent and bill splitting, security and safety should be things you have a discussion with any person you live with. Here are some discussion points to consider.
Feb 9, 2016
Do It Now! Safety Check: Fire Dangers Hiding in Your Home
The chances of your home catching on fire are low. But even though fire safety has come a long way through the decades, it’s still something you should think of from time to time to make sure your home — and all your stuff in it — is as safe as can be. The National Fire Prevention Association has deemed October 4th – 10th “National Fire Prevention Week.” The NFPA encourages everyone to make sure they have enough smoke alarms (in working order) in their home.
Oct 9, 2015
8 Important Home Rules You Haven’t Been Following (It’s Ok, You Can Start Now)
Wouldn’t it be nice if homes — houses and apartments and what you do when you’re in them — came with an instruction manual? They don’t, of course, which means that even though you’re probably savvy on all sorts of home “rules,” you might be missing some knowledge about certain issues and elements, too. Peruse this list of important home rules to see if there are any you didn’t know you should be following.
Sep 11, 2015
Will You Be Prepared if the Power Goes Out? What to Pack in An Apartment Survival Kit
We’ve had a series of pretty wicked storms lately in Atlanta. With the kind of thunder and lightning that shock you out of whatever you were doing and make you double-check your battery supply and if you even actually own a fully-functioning flashlight. Which, it turns out you don’t, if you’re me. That moment was a bit of a realization – after 22 years of living in Florida, I got accustomed to prepping for hurricane season with the rest of the community every summer.
Sep 2, 2015
Do I Really Need Renter’s Insurance?
You’re renting, so do you really need to shell out more every month for extra insurance? Let’s investigate. Should you spring for the coverage or should you not bother? Read on. Short answer: yes. Get some. Don’t worry, rental insurance is cheap. A recent quote based on my personal stats and address (in expensive NYC) returned a price of under $20 bucks a month for $250,000 of coverage with a $250 deductible. Pretty doable.
Jul 20, 2015
Flammable Furniture: Is the Safety of Flame Retardants Worth the Health Risks?
Preventing fire-related injury and death sounds great, right? Not so fast. The New York Times recently debuted a video, detailing the story of the chemical flame retardant Bromated Tris. It was outlawed for use in children’s clothing in the 70s due to cancer concerns, yet somehow is still present in much of the upholstered furniture still being sold today. Yes, it may slow a fire from sparking and spreading through a home, but it is worth it? Let’s take a look.
May 20, 2015
The 9 Safety Must Haves For Every Home
Inspired by all your feedback on my last list like this, 12 Things Every Home Should Have, I decided to refine my focus, do more research and give you a lens into what I think really makes the difference in a home in terms of safety. Here, then, is my primer to be used at home or as a guide for getting presents for friends: The 9 HOME Safety Must Haves…. The next list after this will be…?
Feb 9, 2015
How To Make a Custom Baby Gate
Chris and Julia’s daughter was growing up fast, and they needed a baby gate for their soon-to-be-mobile child. Not thrilled with the readymade options they saw in stores, they devised this custom option for the top of their stairs. The plexiglass makes it less conspicuous than others out there, and the special size works nicely for their extra-wide staircase.
Dec 19, 2014
Traveling for the Holidays? The 5 Most Important Things to Do Before Leaving the House
As anyone knows, there are about a million and twelve things to do when the holidays hit, everything from finishing holiday gift shopping to trying to remember to pack everything you need. But before you go, make sure you cross each one of these tasks off your to-do list.
Dec 6, 2014
How Often Should You Replace Your Christmas Lights?
Nothing lasts forever. While it’s pretty easy to determine the shelf life of, say, Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s tougher to know when your seasonal decor has gone bad. Holiday lights, like a lot of things in your home, require maintenance and regular replacement. Do you know the life span of your lights? Incandescent bulbs should be replaced every 4-6 years. LED lights last a bit longer, for 7-10 years. Of course, these numbers are just a guideline.
Dec 1, 2014
Making Home Safer: Designing to Avoid Falls, Injury & Other Unfortunate Incidents
I’m not the kind of person who feels like we should bubble wrap the world. But I have slipped — and this is no exaggeration — and had at least five viral video-quality level falls in the last week thanks to a new rug I slapped down on my wood floor. (The two materials are practically hovering over each other there’s so little grip.
Nov 9, 2014
Going Away? How To Get the House Ready
Leaving the house empty, whether it’s for a weekend or a month, requires careful consideration — for the living beings in your home, for the things in your house, and for the house itself. Here are some ways we prepare: Pet behavior. Of course you’ve made arrangements for your pets— someone to come over and take care of them while you’re gone, or someone to take them into their own family for a while.
Nov 3, 2014
Are You Prepared in Case of Fire?
Part of taking care of our homes is knowing what to do in an emergency. A fairly obvious consideration is fire safety. It’s an area that I don’t feel as prepared as I should be about, but a matter I plan to consider with my family this weekend — hard as it is to think or talk about. Here’s how to get the wheels turning and the conversation going, both in terms of prevention and preparedness: Check your smoke detectors. The guidelines according to the U.S.
Nov 3, 2014
7 Secret Spots to Hide Valuables at Home
A friend of mine was recently burglarized. Their place was completely ransacked in the process and several valuables were stolen. Fortunately, a few of the most precious items were left unscathed because they were hidden away in a small storage safe disguised as a book, hidden in a pile of other hardbound copies.
Oct 10, 2014
10 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do At Home
Parenting is scary. You love your kids so much and you want to protect them in every way you can: you want to protect their feelings, their egos and, of course, their bodies. You want your kids to be safe, but you also want them to be confident, take risks, and, eventually, learn to navigate the world without you. Achieving both these goals…that’s the tricky part. Where’s the sweet spot between underparenting and overparenting?
Aug 19, 2014
6 Steps To Safer Windows In Your Family’s Rental
A study run from 1990 to 2008 discovered that 98,415 were injured through falling from windows over that time. That equates to around 5,000 children per year. 1 per cent of these falls resulted in death. No question about it: if you have a small child in your home then window safety is essential. But how to do it? Especially when the place you’re living in doesn’t belong to you? Here are six steps to consider in protecting your little ones from injury around your rental windows. 1.
Jul 18, 2014
Location, Location, Location: Things to Beware of When Moving to a New Neighborhood
There are exterior elements in a neighborhood that can easily be overlooked when you fall in love with a beautiful apartment. But even if the apartment that you live in is perfect, you also have to live in the neighborhood itself. When an apartment price seems too good to be true, take a second look at the street and neighborhood and make sure that you can live with these warning signs. As I was searching for apartments recently in London, I found several “perfect” apartments.
Jul 16, 2014
5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
Remember that roommate you had that walked around naked? Or the one who clipped his toenails in the living room while watching TV? There’s a reason you now live alone and love it. At some point you decided it was time, could afford it, and today you certainly don’t look back. But, while great in some respects, there are parts of living on your own that are, at the very least, different, and at the most, a pain in the ass. Here are five major ones, and strategies for dealing.
Jul 15, 2014
Need to Know: 3 Tips for Summer Water Safety
For all intents and purposes, it’s summer around here, since the kids are out of school and we’re ready to play. With summer comes water sports, and whether your kids are master swimmers or beginners, water safety is the number one priority. In recent years, awareness surrounding several swimming dangers has risen, and we’ve collected the information here as a quick guide to making sure your kids are safe in the water this season.
Jun 12, 2014
Apartment Safety: What To Do In The Event of a Fire
It’s always a sad story that leads us to think about fire safety. Last week in NYC, a 27-year-old, newly-married man, Daniel McClung, was killed while trying to escape from his Hell’s Kitchen apartment building during a fire. Cause of death: smoke inhalation. While his death is heartbreaking, at the very least, it’s a powerful reminder to revisit this very important topic. Read on for some vital fire safety tips. • First things first, prevention is key.
Jan 16, 2014
The Ideal, Safest Temperature to Set the Water Heater Is…
Now the daily temperatures have dipped down into the “gotta put on some socks and a sweater” range, it also means I’ve been adjusting morning showers or post-workout baths into the steamy-hot triple digits.
Nov 19, 2013
Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
Last week’s much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries – several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Nov 12, 2013