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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,...
Electric

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...

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...

Seasons

Ugh, ice and snow! You might react to winter weather changes with some predictable grumbling, but your house has different ways of expressing itself. Unfortunately, some of those expressions could result in ice damage that could’ve been prevented. Here are some tips that can help homeowners...

Electric

Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of the nationally-syndicated home improvement radio show The Money Pit, know a thing or two about keeping homes safe.  

“Every week, I tell listeners how to prepare for extreme weather emergencies,” Kraeutler says.  “But, to be honest, I thought the...

Lighting and Electricity

Thunder and lightning storms are fairly common occurrences in the U.S. With the impressive show they put on, it can be easy to forget their dangers and the damage they do.

Every year around 25 million storm-associated cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in this country and they're second...