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Home Safety & DIY Energy Savings Tips

Valuable tips for saving energy and improving the safety in your home. Learn what you can do to make your home a healthier and safer place to live.

How to Keep Your Garage Secure
Here are some tips on how to keep your garage and its contents safe.

Choosing the Right Type of Ladder
How to select and properly use the right type of ladder.

Preparing Your Home For An Earthquake
Tutorial describes how to prepare your fixed or mobile home for an earthquake. Discussed are cripple wall reinforcement and anchor bolts for fixed homes and the earthquake resistant bracing system for mobile homes.

EPA Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule
This article describes the 2008 EPA RRP Rule (Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule) for lead paint removal.

Energy Conservation Tax Credits 2010 - 2016
Describes the residential energy efficiency and renewable energy tax credits available under the Obama 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Safely Disposing of Oily or Flammable Rags
Shows how to safely dispose of flammable or oily rags

Home Energy Saving Tips
Mariette Mifflin, our About.com Guide to Housewares / Appliances provides a great list of ways to save energy (and money) around the home.

Safety Home Cutting Tools
Describes innovative cutting tools designed for safe home use

Eye Protection
Eye protection is the essential first step in any home repair project.

Carbon Monoxide Testing
Testing for Carbon Monoxide in the home is an essential safety step for homes that have a furnace or appliances using fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane. Fortunately it's an easy and inexpensive test.

Toxic Mold in the Home
Mold in the home is one of the most serious health and safety issue facing homeowners today. This article by describes what you need to prevent this health risk and keep your home safe.

Top 5 Fire Safety Items for the Home
About.com Guide to First Aid Rod Brouhard has compiled a great resource for the items you should have to make your home safer and help you plan for a fire emergency. Each link provides information as well as suggested items and includes info on Fire Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Emergency Evacuation Plan, Fire Extinguisher and Fire Escape Ladder.

Lead Paint in Older Homes
Lead paint was prevalent in older homes up into the 1960's but is unfortunately a toxic material with known ill health effects. This technical paper by the National Park Service describes lead paint issues in detail. Fortunately lead paint testing is easy and inexpensive today costing less than $15

Preparing Your Home for Seasonal Vacancy
Do you you know how to close your home for the season or for an extended vacancy? How to drain water pipes, protect plumbing and make the home look lived in while you are away? This handy list provided by Travelers Insurance outlines some great things to do when you plan on being away for a while.

Fire Safety Checklist
Download and print this checklist of items you should consider in making sure your home is "fire safe" for your family.

Ladder Safety Tips
Over 150,000 people a year get injured while on ladders. Make sure you're not one of them by reading this helpful guide on ladder safety.

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