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Keeping a Low Profile

Smoke alarms have been integral safety devices in the home for nearly four decades, but during that time they haven’t changed much in appearance. The Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm is out to change that. With a sleek design that protrudes just a half-inch from the ceiling, it blends easily into its surroundings and won’t interfere with your interior décor.

June 2008

Creating a Fire-Resistant Home

Wildfires were particularly destructive last year, especially in the West, where thousands of homes were destroyed, and in the South, where drought left trees and shrubbery tinder-dry. Already this year, wildfires have sprung up in Virginia, the Carolinas, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California, destroying homes and property.

June 2008

6 Hidden Toxins

It sounds like a horror movie: Hidden dangers lurking in your home, ready to strike. Common household toxins could be making your family sick, but because they’re often odorless and invisible, you may not know why. Your best defense: Monitor potentially dangerous substances and remove them when you can — or better yet, keep them out of the house in the first place. Here are some tips to help you identify and eliminate six toxins that might be in your home.

February 2008

The Vocal Smoke Detector

Smoke Detectors are an important part of any home's safety plan. We count on them to alert every member of the family when there's smoke in the house. What may surprise you is that new studies have shown that many children sleep through traditional smoke detector alarms. To try to solve that problem, KidSmart Corp. has created the KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector. It is the only product on the market that allows a family member to record a personalized emergency message in his or her own voice.

September 2007

You're Fired

Most of us never think about our fire extinguisher. We assume that when we need it, it will work. But fire extinguishers lose pressure over time. That's not something you want to learn while there's a fire burning in your home. Mija has developed a home fire extinguisher that has an active electronic monitor. Called En-Gauge, it signals an alert (both visible and audible) when the extinguisher is removed from its location, when it loses pressure or when the battery is low.

September 2007

A Home Inspection Checklist

Your home is probably the most significant purchase you will ever make. Most homebuyers focus first on finding a real estate agent and shopping around for the best mortgage and interest rate. While some important details of homebuying include the number of bathrooms, the lot size or the proximity to good schools, you should also be sure to have your new home inspected professionally before you buy.

It's important to understand that no home is perfect.

September 2007

Solar Safety

When you add any heating source that inputs varying amounts of energy, the resulting delivery temperatures will vary constantly. It is reasonable to expect your solar system to occasionally deliver sufficient energy to elevate storage tank temperatures above 120 degrees F, the current average temperature setting for standard water heaters. This can be dangerous for occupants in your home, with the potential to cause scalding injuries, but there is a solution.

September 2007

The Creepy and the Crawly

The brown recluse is also called a violin spider because of the markings on its head.

Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, copperheads, black widows, brown recluse spiders. They're the dreadful creatures that frequent our nightmares or otherwise give us the heebie-jeebies. And rightfully so - their bites can be deadly.

November 2003

Take the Kink out Of Your Hose

Take a look behind your dryer. Chances are the back of it is about five or six inches away from the wall and the vent hose resembles a snake. These tight bends in the exhaust hose can accelerate lint accumulation, which in turn reduces the dryer's efficiency and poses a possible fire hazard.

March 2003

Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower

Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower

While chlorine is used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water, there is a growing body of research to suggest that it may pose a few dangers as harmful as those it is supposed to eliminate.

January 2003
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