Household Safety

Household safety should be given as much attention as any home improvement or decorating scheme. Learn about general household safety and home security.


Whether you're frightened or fascinated by insects, you can probably agree they don't belong in your home. But how can you keep something so small from worming its way into your walls?

Mold smells, and if you have it in your home, your nose is one of the most inexpensive devises you can use to detect it. The struggle is in understanding when mold is dangerous to your family or home.

Some home dangers aren't as obvious as others. Asbestos, lead and even urea-formaldehyde used as a resin could be in your home right now. Gas mask, anyone?

If you own a home, or contemplate owning one, just the mention of termites probably sends chills down your spine. Because of this, builders are getting creative with ways to keep them out.

Nobody ever expects accidents to happen, but a slip down the stairs or a kitchen grease fire can occur in the blink of an eye -- even with careful homeowners. So where are you most likely to get hurt?

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. But with a little foresight and planning, you can safeguard your home against floodwaters.

Your body treats lead like the poisonous invader it is. So if you've got it in your home, get it out! But what's the most effective way to test for it?

With the Internet as our guide, it seems as though no job is too large for our capable hands. But there are five jobs you should step away from and call a professional.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas -- and it can kill you. A carbon monoxide detector can help protect your family, but how does it know when CO is in the air?

Asbestos has been used for thousands of years, dating as far back as the ancient Greeks. Its ability to withstand heat and erosion made it attractive to builders, and it was even used in some clothing because of its fire-resistant qualities. So why is it so dangerous?

Chronic conditions, which are persistent and hard to get rid, can limit what a person is able to do, and they include a wide array of diseases and disorders. So how do you keep a home safe for someone with a chronic condition?

They're supposed to make your home smell like a spring day. But there's nothing fresh about low-grade pollutants. Do air fresheners lighten the scent in the air, or do their cancer-causing chemicals bog down people?

Formaldehyde, PCB, asbestos: You don't want these words associated with your living space. So open the windows and get a breath of fresh air before reading this article.

You don't have to buy an alarm system to prevent burglaries. If your home looks lived-in and if your neighbors seem nosy, you're preventing crime.

Think your home is a safe haven? Think again. With all the hazardous chemicals people use in their homes, it may be more polluted indoors than outdoors.

There's a reason a natural gas leak has a rotten egg odor. That stink is meant to signal danger. Any spark -- a match or even a light switch -- could cause a serious explosion.

The United States has nukes, and so does Russia. Iran and North Korea have conducted nuclear tests, as well. In the event of a nuclear attack, what are you supposed to do?

Insulation might look like cotton candy, but it's a little more practical. It's great for keeping your house warm, but some say it's just as bad as asbestos for your health.

Asbestos can be hazardous to your health, but removing it from your home can expose you and your family to the material. What's the safest way to deal with asbestos?

Locking your doors with deadbolts should be your first line of defense against home invasion. But what if that isn't enough? How can you keep your home safe?

Today's high-tech panic rooms are a far cry from fallout shelters of the past. You can have a basic reinforced closet -- or a luxury security den with an arsenal of weapons.

Overloaded outlets and poorly made power strips can cause an electrical overload that can ruin your holiday plans. How many plugs does it take to start a fire?

There are a number of potential dangers in every home. Learn which dangers lurk in your home, and the simple precautions you can take to make your home a safer place.

Fires can strike anywhere at any time. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and detailed escape routes are just a few of the key areas of knowledge for keeping your house fire-free. Follow these fire-safety tips.

While it's difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of the following security precautions.