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Fire prevention tips from The Family Handyman

Fire prevention tips from The Family Handyman

National Fire Safety Prevention Week (October 5-11) is upon us. Cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention measures. To help, The Family Handyman has rounded up the “Big 7” most common causes of preventable home fires and steps you can take to keep them from starting. Prevention costs little...
Home emergencies: Are you prepared?

Home emergencies: Are you prepared?

We’re in the heat of tornado season, and summer is notorious for bringing a host of other unexpected emergencies – from blackouts to floods and electrical storms. The problem: 9 out of 10 people either panic or freeze during an emergency instead of taking effective action. To boot, the best plan of action is often...
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do, however, if they are unsure,...

Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Once you become a homeowner, the safety of your home and the loved ones who live there become a main concern. A few common precautions you’ve taken to protect your family from danger include having a security system professionally installed, regularly testing your smoke detectors and creating an emergency escape plan. But you may be...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Here’s the scenario: Daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby. The most practical, affordable solution?...
Plant ice resistant trees

Plant ice resistant trees

Winter storms that coat everything in layers of luminous ice leave a very beautiful but dangerous calling card. We know ice covered trees are susceptible to breakage from the added weight; but if you take a look around your yard, now do you know which of your trees are more likely to give in to...
Christmas tree basics

Christmas tree basics

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start putting up the tree and digging out those boxes of lights and decorations. To help save some stress and maintain merry spirits, The Family Handyman offers the following tips: ·Christmas trees can be extremely difficult to handle: It’s important to first check the height of...
Deck the halls safely this holiday

Deck the halls safely this holiday

Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it...
National Fire Safety Prevention Week tips

National Fire Safety Prevention Week tips

Did you know most fires are caused by ordinary, everyday items you would probably consider safe: a stove burner, a candle, an electric space heater? Fire Safety Prevention Week is next week (October 6-12), and is the perfect time to make sure your home is well prepped in case of emergency. To help, The Family...
Powering up

Powering up

Warm weekends are prime time for yard work and outdoor projects. To avoid turning tasks into turmoil, be sure to take a few extra moments to ensure the power tools you use are safe. CSA Group, a leader in electronic product testing and certification, offers tips to help ensure the safety of you and your...
Recognizing safety hazards around the house

Recognizing safety hazards around the house

Home may be where the heart is, but it also can be an unsafe place if safety hazards are not recognized and addressed. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that each year 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products and other dangers in the home. Here is a collection of home hazards that can...
Well water should be tested for arsenic, uranium

Well water should be tested for arsenic, uranium

Darien residents who use well water are being advised by the state Department of Public Health to test their well for arsenic and uranium. These metals are found in groundwater in sporadic locations across the state and can lead to adverse health effects, the department said. “Recent well testing in various towns around Connecticut has...

Propane safety tips

This week, temperatures will be warming up and then dropping again – which means snow will be melting and then freezing again, forming ice all around our homes and businesses. The Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) offers these safety tips: Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and...