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Electric

Just a few years ago, the thought of owning an emergency standby generator seemed somewhat silly and totally unnecessary.  But with an aging power grid, living without electricity is all too common. Many homeowners simply cannot afford to ride out another power outage. Instead, they are...

Outdoor Living

Lightning strikes are fairly common across the country.  Thunderstorms present major safety hazards and can damage property.  The cloud-to-ground lightning strikes at the center of these thunderstorms can be very dangerous whether you are indoors or out.  But there are several things you can...

How to Make Homemade Plywood Storm Shutters

Windows are a key area to attend to for hurricane preparedness. Sliding glass patio doors and large picture windows need to be protected from both pressure and debris.  An easy way to do that is by making homemade storm shutters.  Here's how:

  • Step 1: If you're making your own shutters,...
Disaster Proofing

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...

Deck and Patio Planning and Building

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put...

Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...