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Is it Safe to Buy or Live in a House with Radon?

Worried about radon levels in your home? Rightly so because it is the second leading cause of lung cancer to smoking and there’s no way to avoid it. It’s a natural by-product of uranium found in all types of soils. The highest concentration is found in basements and crawlspaces closest to the soil beneath your house. It’s also high in …

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6 Safe Plants for Your Kid’s Play Spaces (Indoor and Outdoor)

You likely know that that some plants are toxic. Finding kid safe plants for the nursery, play room or a kid’s play area in your backyard isn’t the easiest of chores in a garden center. Especially if they have inexperienced staff. The good news is, there are a lot of child-friendly and plenty of fun plants around that will let …

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9 Pet Fire Safety Tips for Home (And a 5-Step Emergency Plan)

Did you know that an average half a million pets are affected by house fires each year? Of those, at least 40,000 die from smoke inhalation, and up to a thousand of those fires are started by cute and loving pet fur-iends? That’s no exaggeration… Here’s how easy a dog can accidentally start a house fire: That’s just one scenario. …

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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. …