home safety http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13517/all en-US 20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000047206734.jpg" alt="Father learning which things in his house will keep his family safe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your home safe? Even if you don't have small kids roving around, it's a good idea to assess safety on the regular, and make sure that every room is prepared for the worst. With that in mind, here's a handy list you can use to examine some of the top concerns in each room of your house. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer?ref=seealso">15 Cheap, Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kitchen</h2> <p>According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), cooking equipment is the cause of <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/Kitchen-Fires-1-in-New-Report-Smoke-Alarms-and-Escape-Plans-Key-to-Surviving-Fires-in-the-Home/">40% of residential fires</a> each year. Always keep a working smoke detector in your kitchen to alert you of fire. You can even purchase one with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CBIIT/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000CBIIT&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HSMREPPHMWGUVMVB">photoelectric sensor</a> that helps to reduce nuisance alarms.</p> <p>You'll also want a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VBGG5Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VBGG5Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=R4ROPJAKCMDV5BFD">fire extinguisher</a> in the kitchen. Never used one before? It's easy. Simply remember the acronym PASS:</p> <ul> <li>Pull out the safety pin;</li> <li>Aim at the source of the flames from around six feet away;</li> <li>Squeeze the trigger; and</li> <li>Sweep the source of the fire until your extinguisher is empty.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Living Room</h2> <p>Think there's nothing unsafe about your living room? Well if you're a television-lover, you're likely staring at the problem right now. The journal <em>Pediatrics</em> reports that falling TVs send <a href="http://www.today.com/health/falling-tvs-send-child-er-every-30-minutes-6C10679996">children to the emergency room</a> every half hour. And prevention is as easy as mounting your television to the wall or securing it with a brace or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YTENQUO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00YTENQUO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SXPUAMMESUUUFYFS">anti-tip strap</a>.</p> <p>Beyond that, you'll want to cover unused outlets to make them safe for tiny fingers. If you regularly need to use outlets and don't want to fuss with removable covers, try installing <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JZJPO9O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JZJPO9O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=X4LHIHOJBQZ6O53B">electrical plate covers</a>. These guys work by automatically sliding shut when you remove a plug. You should install outlet covers in each room of your house.</p> <h2>3. Office</h2> <p>Your office might host the vast majority of your plugs and electrical equipment. You likely have a power strip in the space &mdash; but is it safe? Remember that a power strip doesn't give the room more power, it just lets you use more of the available circuit. If you rely heavily on power strips, you might consider calling an electrician to install additional outlets in the room.</p> <p>Switch basic cords over to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J2EN4S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J2EN4S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UTWK7ECSL7AHINCX">surge protectors</a> to protect your computers, printers, and other stuff against peaks in power from turning things on/off or even large surges from lightning. While you're at it, check all power cords for damage (if you have cats, you know exactly what I mean). You can use a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005V9UU1O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005V9UU1O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CNBCMV5VIBULPUCZ">split wire loom</a> to inexpensively guard your wires against bites and other damage.</p> <h2>4. Bathroom</h2> <p>To protect yourself and young children from scalding water in the bathroom, you'll need to take a trip to the basement (or wherever your water heater lives). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends turning the setting down to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/burns/index.html">120 degrees Fahrenheit</a> or lower. It's as easy and turning a dial.</p> <p>Otherwise, keep any electrical items &mdash; like hairdryers, shavers, curling irons, etc. &mdash; away from water and unplugged when not in use. Place an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J0JLYBQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00J0JLYBQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z3ARVZXEXLAXY2T6">anti-slip bath mat</a> inside your tub to safeguard the whole family against falls. You may even want to install a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S8O9ME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000S8O9ME&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=T432GM4WW5MBH6CD">bath shower handle</a> for extra protection and stability.</p> <p>And keep mold at bay by putting in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=bathroom%20fan&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=ZF7PZH7QDVZ73J2F">bathroom fan</a>.</p> <h2>5. Bedroom</h2> <p>The United States Fire Administration reports that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in <a href="http://www.iabpf.org/CFL%20campaign%20launch.pdf">residential fires</a>. Another 18,300 are injured in fires. While you should have <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=smoke%20alarm&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=NETNTPYY6U6I4RPH">smoke alarms</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=carbon%20monoxide%20detector&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acarbon%20monoxide%20detector&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=Y7VPEI7DDT4XZVBB">carbon monoxide detectors</a> on every floor, make sure you pay special attention to placing them near bedrooms. And check their batteries often.</p> <p>The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) explains that fire can spread rapidly in your home. You may have as little as one or two minutes to escape in an emergency. Consider purchasing a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005OU7B/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005OU7B&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CSEN3EXLNPMHBBQ3">fire escape ladder</a> to keep in your bedroom and plan your escape routes accordingly.</p> <p>The bedroom area also contains large dressers and other pieces of furniture. Protect little ones by installing <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00081MHJI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00081MHJI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=62WL5OPSDW4STCOT">anti-tip brackets</a>. They're detachable to make cleaning a breeze but secure furniture firmly against a wall. To understand the real need for brackets, check out this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tEGjxDOS3U">PSA video</a> made by the CPSC.</p> <h2>6. Basement</h2> <p>Radon is the leading cause of <a href="http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html">lung cancer in nonsmokers</a> across the United States. Did you know that most radon-induced lung cancers result from only low to medium exposure in the home, usually in the basement? Your house may have been tested before you bought it. If not, hire an inspector and &mdash; if your levels are high &mdash; have a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html#lower">radon mitigation system</a> installed.</p> <p>It might cost you a couple grand, but it's worth every penny if it saves your health.</p> <h2>7. Stairway</h2> <p>Researchers estimate that a <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stair-injuries-report-every-six-minutes-us-child-falls/">child falls down the stairs</a> every six minutes in the United States. Whether you have kids or animals running around your home, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=stairway%20gate&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=SLTZZWC4TWB22WGG">stairway gate</a> is an excellent way to keep them safe. They come in a wide variety of shapes, materials, and colors to match your preferences and decor.</p> <h2>8. Garage</h2> <p>Car exhaust is a major source of carbon monoxide, so never run your car inside your garage &mdash; especially if the door is closed. You might have several flammable materials sitting around too. The fire safety rules you use indoors apply to the garage as well. Keep fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in this area, and follow all other precautions.</p> <p>And now is a great time to ensure your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=garage%20door%20safety%20sensor&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=R54YJ3H4OMFPNOSG">safety sensors</a> are working on your garage door. If not, you can purchase replacements or chat with the company that installed your door.</p> <h2>9. Outdoors</h2> <p>Examine your deck each season to check for loose railings, rotting wood, and other defects. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000056OUX/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000056OUX&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YMXJP4H7JJHGLI5G">mesh railnet</a> can help prevent railing and balcony accidents by blocking access to any gaps your kids or animals might find. Those of you with multileveled decks and staircases can also install <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE8C7SO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CE8C7SO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=T4SWEDDYVFMK4HBY">outdoor safety gates</a>.</p> <p>If you have a pool, you may be familiar with safety measures to prevent drowning while you're swimming. What about when you're not going for a dip? The CDC estimates that more than half of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSafeSwimmingPool/">drowning deaths</a> among young kids could have been prevented by simple <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BIKTISG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BIKTISG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=U4PMYDL4DFAPJSWO">pool fencing</a>. Keep your pool off limits when not in use. Fencing should be at least four feet tall to be the most effective.</p> <p><em>What essential safety steps have you take in your home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But your ability to insure, resell, or even just live comfortably in your home may be dependent on several safety and security factors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/must-do-home-maintenance-that-saves-you-moneyand-might-save-your-family?ref=seealso">Must Do Home Maintenance</a>)</p> <p>Though some major structural flaws may require a larger budget, most home safety hacks can be accomplished with a sensible to-do list and at a modest cost. Here are some of the top tips for making your home more habitable for less money than you think.</p> <h2>Mitigate Mold</h2> <p>Mold, a potentially dangerous uninvited guest, can cause illness and decrease the value of a home quickly. Peter Jacobus, an agent for <a href="http://insurance-agency.amfam.com/NE/peter-d-jacobus/default.aspx">American Family Insurance</a>, tells homeowners to be proactive in their efforts to keep a home safe from this unwanted affliction.</p> <h3>1. Reduce Humidity</h3> <p>By keeping the level of moisture in your home below 40%, you can often outsmart mold. Avoid excessive dampness by using dehumidifiers in rooms that collect steam. An air-conditioner will perform this role in the summer.</p> <h3>2. Ventilate</h3> <p>In addition to reducing moisture, overall good airflow is key. Your home should have exhaust fans in both the kitchen and bathroom, for starters.</p> <h3>3. Paint With Care</h3> <p>By using an inexpensive mold inhibitor mixed into your paint, you can further protect your walls and ceilings against mold growth. (Products cost around $6 per packet and can be found at home home improvement stores.)</p> <h3>4. Skip the Carpet</h3> <p>Per square foot, carpet can be more expensive than other floor coverings and is never appropriate for moisture prone areas &mdash; like bathrooms.</p> <h2>Confuse Criminals</h2> <p>While no home can be 100% robbery-proof, some simple changes to your set-up can keep you clear of break-ins. Sadie Cornelius, Security Expert for <a href="http://www.asecurelife.com/">A Secure Life</a>, recommends some simple precautions and security upgrades.</p> <h3>5. Add Deadbolts</h3> <p>All outside facing windows and doors should have one. They don't have to be fancy &mdash; they just need to work!</p> <h3>6. Stash the Spare Key</h3> <p>Just don't put it outside. Fake planters, rocks, or other &quot;in plain sight&quot; hiding places are well-known by career criminals.</p> <h3>7. Invest in Motion Sensors</h3> <p>Just having some outside lights that flick on when they detect a visitor can spook away a thief. Motion lights start around $10, and can be found at most hardware stores.</p> <h3>8. Get a Peephole</h3> <p>They're not just useful for hotel rooms. Knowing who's outside from behind the safety of your door is a good idea!</p> <p>In addition, you're always wise to keep news of an empty house to yourself.</p> <h3>9. Skip Oversharing on Social</h3> <p>Please, no posts on Facebook about how much you're enjoying your vacation in Hawaii. Wait until you get back to post photos, and turn off location services from any apps that post on your behalf while you're gone.</p> <h3>10. Leave a Light On</h3> <p>Don't keep your home completely dark. Consider investing in a timer for your television to have some activity happening in the home during your prime time viewing hours.</p> <h2>Discourage Slips and Falls</h2> <p>Home safety is important for everyone who lives there, as well as visitors. Keeping injuries to a minimum isn't just important for the health of your family; it can keep insurance premiums low, too. National Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford, host of the nationally-syndicated TV and radio program, <a href="http://www.todayshomeowner.com/">Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford</a>, suggests a couple of fixes.</p> <h3>11. Create No-Slip Surfaces</h3> <p>Stairs, especially concrete entry stairs, can prove dangerous to visitors and family members alike. &quot;It's easy to add a self-adhesive anti-skid strip to the front flat edge of steps to provide traction,&quot; says Danny. Concrete porches and decks can benefit from a good paint or stain with some playground quality sand mixed in prior to applying.</p> <h3>12. Secure Handrails</h3> <p>After years of use, it's not uncommon for them to come loose or fall off completely. Using lag bolts or epoxy adhesive to put them back in place makes good sense and can prevent a serious fall.</p> <h2>Organize Maintenance Tasks</h2> <p>Homeownership can feel like a tremendous burden if you try to do all the necessary cleaning and repair tasks at once. Be proactive and lighten the financial load by scheduling safety-related tasks throughout the year.</p> <h3>13. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors</h3> <p>Do this monthly, and replace batteries at least once a year.</p> <h3>14. Clean Lint From Your Clothes Dryer</h3> <p>This should be done at least once a year for the average user. (Our family of eight needs it done at least every few months, due to the number of loads we do, as well as the fact we own pets that shed.) Family Handyman has a great guide for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/appliance-repair/washer-and-dryer-repair/dryer-lint-cleaning-tips/view-all">cleaning lint from dryers</a>, and you'll want to be sure to never run your dryer when you are not home!</p> <h3>15. Check Your Garage Door Sensor and Closures</h3> <p>With pets and kids in the house, keeping the heavy weight of a garage door in check is essential. Get tips for how to do this at the International Door Association's <a href="http://garagedoorcare.com/garage-door-safety.html">safety page</a>.</p> <p>All of the above tasks, as well as any other household to-dos can be easily planned and tracked with <a href="http://www.homezada.com/homeowners/home-maintenance">HomeZada's online app.</a> You can track your progress, save photos and notes, as well as store all of your maintenance records in case you ever sell your home.</p> <p><em>These are just 15 of many steps you'll likely take in your lifetime to secure your home and practice responsible living. What home safety tip did we forget? Which one is most important to your family?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-ways-to-deter-burglars">6 Affordable Ways to Deter Burglars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-cheap-and-easy-fixes-that-make-your-house-look-amazing">25 Cheap and Easy Fixes That Make Your House Look Amazing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/protect-your-home-and-family-from-fire-with-these-easy-safety-basics">Protect Your Home and Family From Fire With These Easy Safety Basics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-long-distance-move">10 Ways to Save on a Long-Distance Move</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Real Estate and Housing home maintenance home safety safety security Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:00:04 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1284262 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Most Dangerous Things Hiding in Your Home Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-most-dangerous-things-hiding-in-your-home-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-most-dangerous-things-hiding-in-your-home-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog-lying-home-186315356-small.jpg" alt="dog lying home" title="dog lying home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our homes are full of potentials for danger &mdash; lit candles left unattended, poisonous cleaning agents, hot stove burners. But there are a number of less-conspicuous danger-prone items in the home that all too often fly under the radar &mdash; and for that reason they are doubly dangerous. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home?ref=seealso">10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the most unsuspecting hazards lurking in the modern household. Then act accordingly and make your sanctuary a safer place.</p> <h2>1. Long-Forgotten Prescription Pills</h2> <p>About 80% of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html">40,000 annual drug overdose deaths in America</a> are unintentional. More than half those overdoses are caused by pharmaceuticals, primarily prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Valium. The scary part is this: Since 1995 there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of prescriptions doctors are writing for painkillers. That means there are more of these pills piling up in our medicine cabinets now than ever before. It used to be that we'd grab an aspirin for relief from our daily aches and pains. Now we have a whole array of choices at our fingertips that are far more potent, making the potential for an accidental overdose greater than ever.</p> <h2>2. Your Dog</h2> <p>Every year 2% of Americans suffer from a dog bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's the dog owners themselves who are at highest risk of being bitten. The CDC reports that <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/dog-bites/index.html">adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten</a> than those living without dogs at home. That's because most people are bitten by dogs they own or know. Even the smallest, sweetest of canines can bite viciously if provoked. And while dog bites are rarely fatal, they can cause a range of other unpleasantries such as disease, infection, and deformities.</p> <h2>3. Loose Rugs</h2> <p>More than half of all falls happen in the home, and it's these at-home spills that hold the title as the leading cause of unintentional injury among adults 65 and older. One of the major causes of these tumbles is <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22868399">loose, unsecured rugs and damaged carpets with curled edges</a>. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reports that an estimated 38,000 adults ages 65 and older are treated in emergency rooms each year for falls associated with rugs and carpets. Among the potential injuries: broken bones, head trauma, and, on rare occasion, even death.</p> <h2>4. Extension Cords</h2> <p>The power strips that help us stay powered-up and plugged-in cause about 3,300 residential fires annually, Electrical Safety Foundation International reports. About 10% of those fires result in death. <a href="http://esfi.org/index.cfm/page/Extension-Cord-Safety-Fact-Sheet/cdid/10623/pid/10272">Overcrowding or overuse of an extension cord</a> can cause the insulation to deteriorate, creating a shock and fire hazard. To prevent an extension cord inferno, safety experts recommend limiting the number of devices you plug in to the strip and replacing it every few years.</p> <h2>5. Space Heaters</h2> <p>Space heaters are a tempting home heating option for homeowners and renters on a budget. They're an increasingly dangerous option, too. More than <a href="https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home/fire-safety/space-heaters.aspx">25,000 house fires are sparked by malfunctioning space heaters</a> every year, leading to 300 deaths and 6,000 emergency room visits for burns. If you're going to use one, be sure to keep it at least 30 inches from any flammable items or surfaces.</p> <p><em>Any hidden household dangers we've overlooked? Please warn us in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-most-dangerous-things-hiding-in-your-home-right-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home">10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-common-household-leaks-you-can-fix-without-a-plumber">4 Common Household Leaks You Can Fix Without a Plumber</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home danger home home safety household dangers Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:00:09 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1227985 at http://www.wisebread.com Protect Your Home and Family From Fire With These Easy Safety Basics http://www.wisebread.com/protect-your-home-and-family-from-fire-with-these-easy-safety-basics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/protect-your-home-and-family-from-fire-with-these-easy-safety-basics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bulb-77292958.jpg" alt="changing light bulb" title="changing light bulb" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here is some good news: The number of deaths from fires has been steadily <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/estimates/trend_overall.shtm">on the decline</a> since 2001. However, the risk of accidental death or injury from fires has not been eradicated. In 2010, for example, one person was <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/fire-prevention/fires-factsheet.html">injured in a fire every 30 minutes</a>, and another human being lost his or her life every 169 minutes. Yes, the risks are still out there, and most of them are in the home. That's why it's important for everyone, individuals and families alike, to tick off the boxes on the checklist below to ensure their home is risk free when it comes to accidental fires.</p> <h2>1. Use Appropriate Light Bulbs</h2> <p dir="ltr">The idea of being diligent when selecting light bulbs may seem silly to some, but a healthy number of accidental home fires are the direct result of using light bulbs with wattages incompatible with certain household sockets. That's why it's important to ensure the wattage of each light bulb used in a home is properly rated for the specific socket. Homeowners can also err on the side of caution and use 60-watt bulbs at all times.</p> <h2>2. Check Cords</h2> <p dir="ltr">Frayed or otherwise damaged cords can present a serious fire hazard in the home and therefore should be periodically checked to ensure they are in top condition with no exposed wiring. Also, it is crucial never to cover cords with rugs, carpets or tape, as this can cut off airflow to the wiring, which can lead to damage.</p> <h2>3. Position Home Appliances Correctly</h2> <p dir="ltr">This goes beyond the basic rule of keeping portable heaters at least three feet away from flammable objects. Even the cord of a toaster oven running near a stove can present a serious fire hazard. A good rule of thumb is to keep any appliance &mdash; plus its wiring &mdash; away from direct heat sources.</p> <h2>4. Look for Faulty Switches and Outlets</h2> <p dir="ltr">A dysfunctional outlet or switch is, unfortunately, one of the prime causes of accidental dwelling fires. The good news is there are easy ways to spot damage to a home outlet or light switch. Warning signs include:</p> <ul> <li>Outlets or switches that are hot or warm to the touch.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Humming or buzzing sounds emanating from the switch or socket.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Loose plugs.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Homeowners should perform periodic checks of their switches and outlets to ensure safety and functionality.</p> <h2>5. Maintain Working Smoke Alarms</h2> <p dir="ltr">The tragedy is that so many of past years' accidental dwelling fires could have been prevented had homeowners simply installed working smoke alarms. As a standard, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home as well as outside of sleeping areas. Also, residents should perform once-a-month checks on every smoke alarm in the home and change the batteries once a year.</p> <p dir="ltr">By following these simple guidelines, residents across the country should be able to maintain a home free of accidental dwelling fires and do their part to continue the decline of death and injury by fire.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Have you taken additional steps to protect your home and family from fire? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-mcmurphy">Chris McMurphy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/protect-your-home-and-family-from-fire-with-these-easy-safety-basics">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer">15 Cheap, Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home">10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home fire home safety insurance safety Wed, 14 May 2014 08:12:22 +0000 Chris McMurphy 1139230 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cheap Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-improve-the-air-quality-in-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cheap-ways-to-improve-the-air-quality-in-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-178598784.jpg" alt="home" title="home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, chest congestion, wheezing, coughing, asthma, nausea, headaches, lung disease, and even cancer are among the many afflictions that can be <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/hpguide.html">caused by indoor air pollution</a>. Breathing dirty air can affect children, the elderly, and even unborn babies more quickly than others. If you have seen repeated illnesses like those mentioned above, there is a possibility that the air you are breathing in your home is to blame. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home?ref=seealso">Surprisingly Dangerous Things in Your Home</a>)</p> <p>Common pollutants include tobacco smoke, mold, mildew, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, furnaces, fireplaces, asbestos, and formaldehyde (found in carpet, particle board, furniture, and plywood paneling). According to the EPA, pollutants have increased in recent years and have helped to make poor indoor air quality the fourth largest environmental health problem faced in the US.</p> <p>Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home. Here are ten ways to clean the air, and improve your health.</p> <h2>1. Never Smoke or Allow Tobacco Smoke Inside Your Home</h2> <p>Tobacco is known to contain 60 cancer-causing chemicals. Secondhand smoke causes lower respiratory tract infections, ear infections, asthma, and pneumonia in children. No amount of secondhand smoke is safe.</p> <h2>2. Test for Radon</h2> <p>According to World Health Organization, radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is also <a href="http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html">the second most important cause of lung cancer</a> (after smoking) in many countries. It can enter the home through cracks and holes in the foundation because it is found in soil; it has also been found in granite countertops. Testing is easy and costs as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002N83E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00002N83E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">little as $20</a>.</p> <h2>3. Reduce the Use of Harmful Chemicals</h2> <p>Avoid using harmful chemicals found in many common laundry and cleaning products. Seek out natural, harmless alternatives to clean your home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes?ref=seealso">DIY Laundry Soap Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Use a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate air) Filter</h2> <p>HEPA filters can catch much smaller particles than a typical air filter. Many are made with carbon-based materials and can give added protection against common allergens, including pet dander, dust, and mold spores. HEPA filters can be installed into your existing furnace and air conditioner system, or used in stand-alone devices, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ULBA4W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007ULBA4W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">HEPA vacuums</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-purifiers">air filters</a>.</p> <h2>5. Grow Air-Purifying House Plants</h2> <p>NASA conducted a study to find the <a href="http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Plants/clean.htm">best ways to purify the air on its space stations</a>. These same plants can be used to improve the air quality in your home. Some of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality">the best air purifying plants to grow</a> in your home are:</p> <ul> <li>Bamboo Palm &mdash; considered the best plant to grow in your home<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dwarf Date Palm &mdash; great for new homes that could have a high level of formaldehyde<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Janet Craig<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Boston Fern<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>English Ivy &mdash; great for purifying the air of mold<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Areca Palm Tree &mdash; great for purifying the air as well as humidifying it</li> </ul> <h2>6. Remove Aerosol Sprays</h2> <p>Products like hair spray, bug sprays, furniture polish, deodorants, and anything else that comes in an aerosol canister contain propellants that are dispelled into the air when used. While these aren't necessarily deemed a danger to indoor air quality, the particles of product that come out of an aerosol spray are very fine, making them easier to breathe in accidentally than particles from a pump or trigger spray bottle. To be certain that these products don't compromise air quality, they are best to be removed from the home.</p> <h2>7. Improve the Ventilation</h2> <p>If you want to improve the air on the inside, find ways to recirculate it with outdoor air. Open windows as much as possible. Use exhaust fans in both your kitchen and bathroom when appropriate. Install in-home ventilation units that bring more outside air indoors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-fumes-are-bad-for-your-health?ref=seealso">Cooking Fumes Are Bad For Your Health</a>)</p> <h2>8. Decrease the Possibility for Mold to Grow</h2> <p>Run exhaust fans when taking showers, and be diligent with any leaky pipes, windows, and gutters. Any place for moisture to collect is a place for mold to develop.</p> <h2>9. Clean Regularly</h2> <p>Dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and other toxins can all be removed by vacuuming the carpet and upholstered furniture, cleaning drapery, and dusting regularly. For the best air quality, vacuuming should be done twice a week with a vacuum that has a cleanable filter that will not blow any dust back into the air.</p> <h2>10. Remove Shoes When Entering the Home</h2> <p>People bring in a large number of toxins on the soles of their shoes. These toxins can include animal dander, pollen, feces, harmful chemicals, and much more. Remove shoes upon entering the home and replace them with &quot;inside-only shoes.&quot;</p> <p>Whether you are looking to reduce the number of colds in your family, limit the number of attacks an asthmatic experiences, or safe-guard your home from future illnesses, improving the quality of the air you breathe indoors is easy to do. With a few simple steps, you and your family will be taking in a cleaner, purer, breath of fresh air.</p> <p><em>What steps have you taken to improve your indoor air quality? Air it out in comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-improve-the-air-quality-in-your-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality">The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home">10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home air quality home safety indoor air Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:36:23 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1131592 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-dryer-99105381.jpg" alt="kid and dryer" title="kid and dryer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know our homes are full of dangerous items &mdash; cleaning products with poisonous chemicals, candles left unattended, hot water temperatures set too high &mdash; but many of these dangers can be avoided with common sense. Other dangers in your home, however, may take more finesse to avoid and still others completely fly under the radar. What are they? Take a look at 10 dangerous things you probably have in your home, and then add your own to this list in the comments below. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money?ref=seealso">How to Eat Fewer Pesticides</a>)</p> <h2>1. Extension Cords</h2> <p>Extension cords help us power the increasing number of electronic devices we have in our homes, especially when outlets are limited. They're a convenience in one sense, but they also can be very dangerous. Overcrowding an extension cord or power strip is a no-no, of course, but according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, continual use of an extension cord &quot;can cause the insulation to rapidly deteriorate, creating a dangerous shock and fire hazard.&quot; <a href="http://esfi.org/index.cfm/page/Extension-Cord-Safety-Fact-Sheet/cdid/10623/pid/10272">Extension cords cause about 3,300 residential fires</a> each year, injuring or killing more than 300 people. Be sure to put your extension cords away after every use as well; if left unattended around children, they can present a hanging or choking hazard.</p> <h2>2. Clothes Dryers</h2> <p>Clothes dryers present two household hazards. The first is an entrapment hazard for your children, so it's important to discuss appliance safety with your kids at an early age. The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20091214/OPINION03/912140352">most common clothes-dryer hazard</a>, however, is the risk of fire caused by lint accumulation and reduced airflow. To avoid these hazards, be sure to clean out your lint trap after each load; make sure there's enough space between the dryer unit and the wall so the vent duct isn't restricted in any way; and only run the dryer when you're at home and awake. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dryers?ref=seealso">5 Best Dryers</a>)</p> <h2>3. Mothballs</h2> <p>Mothballs in homes aren't as common as they used to be, but if you have these tiny orbs of pesticides, you should be aware of the dangers they present. The <a href="http://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2011/02/are-mothballs-safe.html">primary ingredient in mothballs is naphthalene</a>, which &quot;causes a breakdown of red blood cells in children with a genetic condition called<a href="http://www.webmd.com/children/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency"> G6PD deficiency</a>,&quot; and pediatricians in Australian called for a ban on naphthalene after it was linked to one baby's death and brain damage in two others. Paradichlorobenzene is another common ingredient in mothballs, the exposure to which has been linked to nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and eye and nasal irritation in humans, and kidney and liver damage in pets. As an alternative to mothballs &mdash; if moths are a problem for you &mdash; wash and dry your clothing, and shake them before putting them away. You also can store your clothing in airtight containers. In addition, you should vacuum out drawers and closets to rid the areas of potential larvae.</p> <h2>4. Humidifiers</h2> <p>The<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/07/132743646/Humidifiers-Dont-Do-Lick-Of-Good-Helping-Colds"> benefits of using a humidifier to suppress a cold are debatable</a>, but one thing's for certain: If you don't clean the humidifier properly, it can cause more harm than good. Water left to sit in the humidifier for long periods of time can harbor mold spores, fungus and bacteria. Turn it on without cleaning it properly and you're sending all those germs directly into the air you breath. To prevent this, empty and clean the water container after every use, and only fill it with distilled water.</p> <h2>5. Pressed Wood</h2> <p>You're probably asking yourself how pressed wood can harm you and your family? One word: formaldehyde. The chemical can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, and <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formaldehyde.html">formaldehyde can trigger attacks in people with asthma</a>, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. There also is<a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde"> evidence that it can cause cancer in animals</a> and may cause cancer in humans after prolonged exposure. Potential pressed-wood products you may have in your home include hardwood plywood wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard, and furniture made with these products.</p> <p>If you have pressed wood in your home &mdash; and you're experiencing the medical issues associated with exposure to pressed wood &mdash; consult your doctor. The best way to avoid these issues, however, is to avoid pressed-wood products, or to seek exterior grade pressed wood. Look into what you're buying, and decide whether or not this is the best purchase for you and your family &mdash; no matter how good of a deal it may seem.</p> <h2>6. Carpeting</h2> <p>Your carpeting may seem innocuous enough, but<a href="http://www.lung.org/healthy-air/home/resources/carpets.html"> it's emitting some potentially dangerous chemicals</a> known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which come from the glues and dyes in the carpet. Not much is known about the specific chemicals that new carpets may release, and generally these emissions subside after the first few days, but it's an important fact to consider before adding carpet to your home. You also should consider that carpet can trap pollutants &mdash; dust mites, pet dander, mold, dirt, and more &mdash; that can adversely affect anyone with respiratory sensitivities.</p> <p>To prevent potential hazards, keep the windows open for the first few days after new carpet is installed so the VOCs can escape, and vacuum your carpeted floors regularly to rid the fibers of potential pollutants. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-money-on-new-flooring?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Save on New Flooring</a>)</p> <h2>7. Lead Paint</h2> <p>Consumer paint hasn't contained lead for over 30 years, but if your home was built before 1978 there's still a chance of lead-based paint exposure from old paint on your walls, doors, baseboards, and window sills. To <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family#homeleadsafe">check your home for lead paint</a> that may still be lurking in the shadows, the EPA suggests scheduling a paint inspection and risk assessment to ensure your family's safety.</p> <h2>8. Polycarbonate Plastics</h2> <p>Polycarbonate plastic is used to make many material goods possible &mdash; like eye-glass lenses, lightweight luggage, and computer cases &mdash; and in most of these instances, the danger is slim to none. When polycarbonate plastic is used to make food storage containers, however, that all changes. The controversy comes from the degradation of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) when it comes into contact with water. When tested on animals, it<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate"> may have been responsible for the enlargement of reproductive organs in female mice</a>. Because of these potential dangers, many plastic food-storage containers now advertise that they're BPA-free.</p> <h2>9. Flame Retardants</h2> <p>Flame retardants are chemicals found in many products to prevent them from burning easily when exposed to fire. These chemicals are commonly found in mattresses, upholstery, and kids' items like stuffed animals. Recently the Center for Environmental Health tested children's chairs, sofas, and other furniture from major retailers and found that all but four of them contained toxins that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished I.Q. and other problems. It's a good idea to stay abreast of the still relatively <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/kristof-danger-lurks-in-that-mickey-mouse-couch.html">new controversy over flame retardants</a> to make the most informed decision on what products you're buying for your home and for your children.</p> <p>Because flame retardant chemicals are in <a href="http://www.webmd.com/women/news/20121127/flame-retardant-chemicals-dust-sofas">so many household furnishings</a> and products, and thus hard to avoid, the best advice at the moment is to dust, vacuum, and clean frequently. Doing so will prevent build-up of these chemicals in the <a href="https://research.duke.edu/stories/flame-retardants-make-dust-bunnies-dangerous">dust we touch</a> and in the air we breathe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=seealso">Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality</a>)</p> <h2>10. Space Heaters</h2> <p>Space or electric heaters are often economical alternatives to your whole-house heating system, but they're also the cause of many home fires every year &mdash; more than 25,000, in fact. To reduce your risk of a <a href="http://www.safeelectricity.org/information-center/library-of-articles/51-heating-safety/101-space-heaters">home fire from a space heater</a>, SafeElectricity.org recommends purchasing only space heaters that have been safety tested and UL approved and are equipped with an emergency tip-over shutoff feature and heating element guards. And, of course, never allow pets or children near a space heater.</p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions for dangerous things in your home to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-most-dangerous-things-hiding-in-your-home-right-now">The 5 Most Dangerous Things Hiding in Your Home Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer">15 Cheap, Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home hidden dangers home safety household dangers Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:24:25 +0000 Mikey Rox 1129468 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4982722491_7342befb96_z.jpg" alt="telephone" title="telephone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's a perennial item on save-money lists &mdash; cancel the landline and rely on cell phones for communications.</p> <p>It's also a sacrifice that I will never make if I can help it, because the security and quality I get from my landline is more than worth the small monthly fee.</p> <p>First, let's put the cost of a landline in perspective.</p> <p>Our household spends approximately $25 per month on a plan with unlimited calling both domestically and to a number of foreign countries. More limited plans, such as several offered by&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://www.shop.att.com/plancomparison.jsp?">AT&amp;T without long-distance and with a per-call charge</a>, are available for $18 a month or less, depending on your state. If you cancel your home phone service, you are saving the cost of taking a family of four out for fast food once a month. I know that every penny counts, but there are lots of other ways to save $15-$25 a month without sacrificing so much.</p> <p>You may think that giving up a landline is worthwhile even though the savings are small, simply because you rarely pick up the phone to make a call. But even if you use your cell phone for most calls, that landline sitting there is providing you with value. (For a counterpoint, see:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seriously-get-rid-of-your-landline">Seriously,&nbsp;Get Rid of Your Landline</a>)</p> <p>What do you lose when you give up a landline?</p> <h2>1. Better 911 Response</h2> <p>The main reason I will not give up my landline is that I have three children whose safety is worth more than $25 a month to me. When you call 911 from a landline, your home address appears on the dispatcher's screen; if you call from a cell phone, they will probably see geographical coordinates but not an exact address, according to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/january/electronics/best-cell-phones/911-from-cell-phone/index.htm">Consumer Reports</a>. If you have children in the house, ask yourself &mdash; if they need to call 911, will they be able to clearly tell a dispatcher their address under pressure? Do they know how to unlock and dial a cell phone? Even if you call yourself, what if you are incapacitated and can't speak? Are you willing to hope that the location information the dispatcher gets from your cell phone is good enough for emergency workers to find you?</p> <p>You should also know that when you dial 911 from a cell phone, your call may not be answered by the dispatcher in charge of sending an ambulance or police to your address. In some locations, the call may need to be transferred, wasting valuable time in an emergency. I once called 911 from my cell phone because a woman had just fallen off a ladder in her yard as I walked past. When the dispatcher asked where I was, I could not see an address but told her I was &quot;right across from the high school.&quot; &quot;But what <i>city</i> are you in?&quot; she asked. When I told her the name of the town, she transferred me to my local dispatcher, and I had to start over again.</p> <h2>2. Backup During Natural Disasters</h2> <p>I live just a few miles from the Hayward fault, called a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hayward-Fault-is-our-deadliest-a-tectonic-time-2496282.php">&quot;tectonic time bomb&quot; by one seismologist</a>. But as catastrophic weather events increase, even people who don't live in earthquake country are living in the shadow of a natural disaster. Even if you used your landline at no other time, wouldn&rsquo;t it be worth a couple hundred dollars a year to keep an emergency back-up communication system in the house?</p> <p>&quot;We are very concerned by incidents where emergency wireless calls to 9-1-1 after yesterday's earthquake were hampered by network congestion,&quot; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/24/quake-exposes-cracks-in-cell-phone-coverage-emergency-response/">FCC Public Safety &amp; Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett</a> told Fox News after the 2011 5.9 earthquake on the East Coast. <a target="_blank" href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/phone-companies-start-checking-storm-damage">Superstorm Sandy knocked down 25% of cell towers</a> in the area, and even people who had cell coverage soon lost the ability to use their mobile phones due to power outages.</p> <p>Sure, telephone service can be knocked out in natural disasters, too. But if you have both a cell phone and a landline, your odds are better that you'll be left with some connection to the rest of the world in a disaster.</p> <p>Plus, landlines <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tdstelecom.com/CustomerService/WhyLandline.aspx">still work even if the power goes out</a> &mdash; as long you have at least one handset with a cord that doesn't need to be charged.</p> <h2>3. Reliability and Quality</h2> <p>Recently I was waiting for an important call on my cell phone. The phone never rang, but later I found out that the caller had dialed my number and gotten no answer. Nothing showed up in my phone's &quot;missed calls&quot; list. This kind of thing has happened to me while using various carriers over the years. Other people find that they can't get a strong cell signal inside their own homes or find a call interrupted by a lost signal.</p> <p>When interviewing sources over a cell phone, I often have to stop and ask them to repeat things to make sure I quote them correctly. The sound quality is nowhere near as good as a landline's.</p> <p>Cellular phones' reliability and sound quality problems are a trade-off that we accept because of the huge convenience of being able to make and receive calls wherever we are. But when given the alternative of using a more reliable and better-quality connection at home, I'll take it!</p> <h2>4. Accessibility</h2> <p>Maybe you're one of those people who responsibly deposits their cell phone in a charging station as soon as you walk in the door. I'm not. Chances are, my cell phone is in my coat pocket inside a closet or in my purse in another room. And what this means is that it is not a form of communication that's easily accessible to me or to other members of the household. If a call comes in, I want everyone in the house to be able to hear it clearly. If I'm not free to answer, I want one of my children to be able to answer it without having to search my purse. For one thing, having the chance to receive and make phone calls gives them a chance to learn proper phone etiquette. For another, it's good training if they ever do have to use the phone in an emergency.</p> <p>We keep one handset that is attached to the base with a good old-fashioned cord, so that it can't be lost and everyone in the family knows where to find it.</p> <h2>5. Radiation</h2> <p>&quot;The World Health Organization has declared that cell phone radiation may be linked to brain cancer. Ten studies connect cell phone radiation to diminished sperm count and sperm damage. Others raise health concerns such as altered brain metabolism, sleep disturbance and behavioral changes in children,&quot; reads the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation">Environmental Working Group's Guide to Safer Cell Phone Use</a>. The guide also notes that &quot;young children's brains can absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults.&quot;</p> <p>I limit my chlidren's cell phone use, and one thing that helps us do that is having a landline they can use to talk to their grandparents and friends. I'd also just as soon avoid holding a radiation-emitting device to my own head for long conversations.</p> <h2>6. High-Speed Internet</h2> <p>We <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">don't have cable</a>, but my impression from practically everyone else I know is that dealing with cable companies is a nightmare. So another reason I appreciate my landline is that it allows me to get fast Internet service with DSL instead of a cable modem. In fact, we take advantage of a package deal that gives us both phone and Internet for a pretty reasonable price.</p> <h2>What About Other Alternatives to the Landline?</h2> <p>Of course, there are other alternatives to landlines besides cell phones. People are using Skype and FaceTime, as well as PC-based voice-over IP and work-arounds like Magic Jack. All of these are great ways to cut down your phone bill, but they don't provide a safe and reliable connection the way a landline does.</p> <h2>Keep Your Landline and Save</h2> <p>If you want to save money on your phone bill, instead of eliminating it, I recommend getting the most basic service just for emergencies, and using these other communication methods or your cell phone for most of your calls.</p> <p>On the flip side, you may find that using a landline for most of your calls allows you to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-that-cell-phone-contract-save-with-a-prepaid-plan">reduce your cell phone plan</a> to a limited number of minutes, just enough to handle calls that can't wait until you get home. It's entirely possible that you can cut more money from your cell phone bill by reducing the number of minutes you use than you would save by eliminating home phone service.</p> <p>You might find a work-around for any one of the disadvantages of not having a landline. But when you look at the landline's many benefits together, you may find that giving up this high quality and valuable service to save a small amount of money is no bargain at all.</p> <p><em>Have you cut your landline service? Or did you decide to keep it for one of the reasons above (or for some other I haven&rsquo;t mentioned)?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prevent-plant-theft">How to Prevent Plant Theft</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mcmansion-to-mccottage-why-smaller-houses-are-smarter">McMansion to McCottage: Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-it-pays-to-be-friendly-with-your-neighbors">6 Ways It Pays to Be Friendly With Your Neighbors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-shopping-at-the-craft-store-even-if-youre-not-a-crafter">Save Money by Shopping at the Craft Store — Even If You&#039;re Not a Crafter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer">15 Cheap, Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle home safety landline phone services Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:48:39 +0000 Carrie Kirby 966498 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/park.jpg" alt="Safe park" title="Safe park" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After the recent earthquake in Japan that triggered tsunamis from Japan&rsquo;s northeastern coast to the northern coast of California, it&rsquo;s no wonder that people are concerned not only about the safety of the people in Japan, but also about the safety of the area in which they live. After all, it seems that devastating natural disasters have been <a href="http://www.emdat.be/natural-disasters-trends">occurring with increasing frequency</a> in recent years. So where are the safest cities in our own country? Here is a list of ten U.S. cities that have a low likelihood of being struck by a major natural disaster. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-need-a-disaster-survival-kit">Do You Need a Disaster Survival Kit?</a>)</p> <h2>The Methodology</h2> <p>From a list of American cities with populations over 100,000, those cities that had a higher likelihood of being struck by tornadoes (in Tornado Alley) were eliminated, as were those cities that were more likely to be hit by a hurricane (Gulf Coast cities and some Atlantic Coast cities). Cities that had a higher probability of experiencing a tsunami (Pacific Coast cities) or that were <a href="http://www.nationalatlas.gov/dynamic/dyn_vol-us.html">located near active volcanoes</a> (concentrated in the Pacific Northwest) were also eliminated. Finally, cities in areas most likely to <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards/products/graphic2pct50.jpg">experience earthquakes</a> (according to the U.S. Geological Survey) were removed from the list.</p> <p>Once the list was narrowed down from 276 to under 100, the top ten were picked based on <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/preliminary-crime-in-the-us-2009/downloads">low violent crime rates</a> &mdash; although not a natural disaster, crime rates are also a relative measure of safety.</p> <h2>1. Chesapeake, Virginia</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/4578425529_775eba2b59_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 222,455<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 158<br /> Best Known For: The Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge, whose northeastern corner is located in the boundaries of the city. Chesapeake is also known for its location on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.</p> <h2>2. Erie, Pennsylvania</h2> <p><img width="605" height="443" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/4415407150_3848ce8d4e_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Population: 103,571<br /> Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents: 219<br /> Best Known For: Presque Isle State Park, an arc-shaped peninsula in Lake Erie that is a popular destination for hiking, swimming, fishing and boating.</p> <h2>3. Fort Wayne, Indiana</h2> <p><img width="605" height="402" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/26213244_44ae5f06f6_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 255,890<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 184<br /> Best Known For: The Fort Wayne Daisies, which is the town&rsquo;s professional women&rsquo;s baseball team featured in the movie <em>A League of Their Own</em>.</p> <h2>4. Grand Rapids, Michigan</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/3463817143_29fd8ee6dd_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 193,710<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 395<br /> Best Known For: Its location on the banks of the Grand River. Grand Rapids is also known for its Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, a 132-acre attraction that hosts the largest outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest.</p> <h2>5. Green Bay, Wisconsin</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/2213907822_50be6d0076_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 101,412<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 215<br /> Best Known For: Its location at the mouth of Fox River on Lake Michigan, and the Green Bay Packers Football Team. Green Bay is the second-oldest franchise in the NFL.</p> <h2>6. Henderson, Nevada</h2> <p><img width="605" height="405" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/4300609851_edd4af10b1_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 256,445<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 111<br /> Best Known For: Its proximity to Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.</p> <h2>7. Phoenix, Arizona</h2> <p><img width="605" height="455" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/2437783968_8e77831abf_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 1,593,659<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 286<br /> Best Known For: Its subtropical arid climate and near-constant sunshine.</p> <h2>8. Provo, Utah</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/5068688423_12ca6aff85_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 119,775<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 68<br /> Best Known For: Brigham Young University and its conservative culture.</p> <h2>9. St. Paul, Minnesota</h2> <p><img width="605" height="434" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/3227597510_3fc40ec934_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 281,253<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 341<br /> Best Known For: Its status as one of the Twin Cities, along with Minneapolis, and its unusually cold winters. St. Paul is also known for its Winter Carnival, an event attended by over 350,000 people each year.</p> <h2>10. Stamford, Connecticut</h2> <p><img width="605" height="405" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u11/2343019888_b9ebd80878_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Population: 121,026<br /> Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents: 137<br /> Best Known For: Its highly educated population and its status as home to several Fortune 500 companies, including WWE, Pitney Bowes and UBS.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-cutting-your-landline-is-a-bad-deal">6 Reasons Cutting Your Landline Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-household-products-new-use-clever-cleaning-tips-from-the-motherland">Give Household Products New Use: Clever Cleaning Tips From the Motherland</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprisingly-dangerous-things-you-have-in-your-home">10 Surprisingly Dangerous Things You Have in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Home home safety living in safe locations natural disasters Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:36:08 +0000 Janey Osterlind 511628 at http://www.wisebread.com