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The Why, Where and How to Safely Store Flammable Liquids at Home

You could be scarily surprised by the sheer number of flammable liquids you have stored around your home. Some are obvious that you need to take extra safety precautions, others, not so much. Watch this video showing the reaction of common household items when exposed to a naked flame… Younger viewers – these are done in a controlled lab. Not …

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Where (And How) to Safely Store Paint in the House

All homeowners have the same decorating problem – paint storage. Once you’re finished painting, there’s always some leftover paint. If you’re wise, you’ll store it because you’re going to need it for touch-ups. Especially, if it’s a water-based/latex paint as those aren’t as durable as your solvent-based paints. The Types of Paints for Interior Decor There’s a magnitude of paint …

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5 Hidden Toxins in Your Home (And How to Test and Fix Each One)

Feeling fatigued, walking around the house constantly sneezing and possibly dealing with a chronic runny nose is no way to go through life. Yet, for half of the U.S. that can be the reality. People go about their daily lives without knowing about the hidden toxins in your home. The four walls you’re surrounded by every evening could be harboring …

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Safety Tips for Transitioning Your Child to a Toddler Bed

It’s natural for parents to make sure their kids are safe (and feel safe) when they go through their nightly routine, tuck them into bed, and turn out the lights. Until that is, they wake up before you do, climb over the side of the crib and wander around on their own, at risk of all sorts of accidents. When you …

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Backyard Pool Safety Tips (To Keep Children and Pets Safe)

I wasn’t looking for a pool when I was house hunting. The amount of houses on the market in my price range was limited, but surprisingly, two or three of the houses available had inground pools. I ended up closing on one of those houses with a pool. It’s a big pool! 22 x 45 feet and approximately 40,000 gallons. …

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How to Keep Unwanted Animals Out of Your Yard

Wildlife can be great to watch. It’s why we put bird feeders in our gardens. Others though, they’re just well, destructive rascals. Moles, armadillos, groundhogs, cute little bunny rabbits with razor sharp claws to burrow under your flower beds, then spring back up and nibble your freshly sprouted carrots. That, we don’t want. What we need to do is animal …

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How to Prevent Mail Theft (And What to Do When It Happens)

Recently in our area, it seems that mail theft has become a common issue. On the local news, there have been numerous reports of people getting their mail stolen in neighborhoods close to where we live. Nothing is worse than having a gift for your child stolen from your doorstep by some low-life criminal. Equally as bad is having your …

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How to Deter Wasps (And What to Do When It’s Too Late)

I have never really had an issue with wasps, bees, hornets, or yellow jackets… until recently. I want bees to pollinate my fruits and vegetables. Usually if they get too close to me, I will just blow at them and they will fly away. I don’t usually get stung. No harm, no foul. Well, wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets, …