The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just made it easier to report product safety incidents, allowing them to identify product hazards more quickly and provide consumers like you with safety information on products in and around the home.  They’ve created a database at...

Do you live in a tornado-prone area?  The safest place to seek shelter from the storm is in a “safe room” right in your own home. 

The average tornado victim has less than 60 seconds’ warning that a tornado is going to strike their home.  Unfortunately, when most people hear that urgent...

Putting a grandparent or other elderly relative into a nursing care facility is never an easy decision.  Most of us would prefer not to do it, and our older loved ones would almost always rather stay in their own homes, too.  It’s an issue that looms for many of us, as 78 million baby boomers...

If you want to keep your home’s interior from looking like it’s falling apart, you need to resign yourself to some annual maintenance.  That one neighbor on the block whose rooms always manage to look brand-new understands the importance of routine care.  Believe me, that interior doesn’t stay...

We’re in the thick of tax season, and that means it’s also prime time for identity theft. 

Take a look around your home office, the family computer area, or that corner of the kitchen that attracts paper.  Somewhere, you’ve got a mounting stack, and I’m willing to bet it includes credit card...

2010 saw some stubborn insect infestations in the United States, from bedbugs to the dreaded stinkbug.  But will last year’s pests bug us for yet another year?  Look out for the return of these guys, who took the top prizes for unwelcome guests in 2010:

Bedbugs.  Bedbugs popped up all over the...

Americans may have experienced some downsizing in their careers over the past couple of years, and that seems to be reflected in what’s happening in their homes, too. 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) unveiled its findings about the predicted future of the American home at the...

Filed under: Home, Green, Economizer Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, but with all due respect to the Groundhog's legend, chances are that most of us will be seeing a few more rounds of heating bills. Keeping your home comfortable this time of year isn't cheap, but there are...

Filed under: Home, Green, Tax - Credit If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again. When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation...

Filed under: Home, Green, Tax - Credit

If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again. When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation...

Trulia.com, a top site for homebuyers, sellers and renters, released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is now more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom homein 72% of America’s 50 largest cities.  

Meanwhile, a nation of renters has emerged as more Americans rent by...

Solar energy appears to be growing in popularity.  Not only are we seeing more homes sporting solar panels, but now even the greenest zoo in America will generate power from the sun. 

This spring, visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be greeted by the largest publicly...

Today, Trulia.com released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is now more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72% of America’s 50 largest cities.  

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a nation of renters has emerged as more Americans choose to rent -- often due to...

Earlier this month, a family in southern California was reported to have used an oven to try to stay warm in the cold temperatures, resulting in the deaths of two people from carbon monoxide poisoning.  This tragic incident is a reminder that carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but can be...

Got an electrician coming out to the house sometime soon?  Make a note to kill several electric birds with one stone.  While he or she is there, have your electrician make these relatively easy upgrades to your home electric outlets:

-- Raise some outlets.  It helps keep them out of reach of...

Looking to clean out that clutter, donate to charity and maybe even find a great deal on that kitchen sink you've been looking for?  Look no further than DiggersList and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores.

DiggersList is a website of home improvement classified ads, and it's giving Americans an...

Make sure your fireplace is in tip-top shape this winter to keep your home and family safe.  Follow these tips for thorough seasonal fireplace maintenance:

-  Check your flue, damper and firebox for creosote build-up.  Creosote is highly combustible and can lead to a dangerous chimney...

When snow and ice become a seasonal reality, salting your sidewalks may seem like a necessary evil.  Sure, it helps melt winter ice and snow, but the wrong kind can cause concrete surfaces to disintegrate. 

To keep your walkways in great shape year-round, choose salt made from potassium...

Are wrinkles or loose spots in your carpet getting on your nerves?  If you’re an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer, I’ve got good news.  With some rented equipment and a little sweat equity, you can fix those flaws by re-stretching your carpet. 

When areas of carpet become wrinkled and loose, not...

Stairs are among the more precarious spots in the home, but they can be even more hazardous without the right hardware.  To keep everyone safe, follow these tips for pairing the right hardware with each set of stairs in your home:

-- Stairs with at least three steps should have a hand rail...

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