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Video: These Bad Habits Could Burn Down Your House
You know the basics of fire safety: Check the fire extinguisher, douse a grease fire with baking soda, never leave an...
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11 Ways You May Be Inviting Burglars Into Your Home
Despite taking every precaution, some homeowners unwittingly attract burglars to their property. According to the FBI, the average financial loss from a burglary ...
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The 10 Most Dangerous Plants for Your Pet
You may be surprised at the number of very common plants—both indoor and out—that are toxic to pets. Check out our list of landscaping stalwarts that can make you...
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How To: Use a Table Saw
Anyone serious about woodworking or DIY eventually wants to add a table saw to their power tool arsenal. Named for th...
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Safety Check: 5 Tips to Protect Your Deck from Disaster
Whether you enjoy hosting cookouts or prefer quietly relaxing on your lounge chair, you probably think of your wood d...
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Cool Tools: No-Sacrifice Hearing Protection for Multitasking DIYers
It doesn’t matter what job I’m tackling. Whether I’m staining the deck, installing an appliance, or simply cleaning t...
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11 Things Never to Keep in Your Garage
When space in your home is at a premium and you need a place to stow sports equipment or rarely used household hold items, what’s the first place that comes to mi...
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Proceed with Caution: 10 Power Tools That Can Kill You
From circular saws to cordless drills, power tools simplify and speed up building and remodeling projects as well as general woodworking tasks. But when used inco...
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Prep for Disaster: 10 Things You'll Need in a Home Emergency
When disaster strikes, how prepared are you to handle the fallout? It pays to prep for all manner of calamity—from power outages and house fires to extreme weathe...
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How To: Dispose of Gasoline
From powering vehicles and generators to garden tools, gasoline makes our world go around. Leaving unused remnants of...
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10 Accidents Waiting to Happen—and How to Stay Safe
Your home is your sanctuary from the outside world. Still, just because your home is your personal retreat, doesn't make it completely free of danger. The truth i...
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11 Bathroom Hazards That Harm Your Home and Health
Your bathroom may be your spot to relax in the tub after a long day, but with all that plumbing, humidity, and other business going on in there, the location’s fu...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Way to Store Gasoline
What’s the best way of storing gasoline so that it's not only safe, but ready for use the next time you need it? Here...
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How To: Put Out a Grease Fire
Not to scare you into ordering takeout more often, but more home fires are caused by cooking mishaps than anything el...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solutions for Icy Surfaces
We want our driveways and walks not to be the scene of injury during the long, icy winter. But if you're taking the p...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Issue of Icicles
Icicles: They're a natural part of winter's beauty. But if you're a homeowner, it's crucial to recognize that for all...
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How To: Use Muriatic Acid
Muriatic acid, a less-pure variant of hydrochloric acid, is available in high concentrations for use in a host of hom...
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10 Emergencies Every Homeowner Should Know How to Handle
It’s a law of nature and of home-owning: whatever can go wrong, eventually will. With a bit of preparedness and forethought, though, damage from household mishaps...
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The 10 Best Accessories You Can Buy for Your Car
You don't need to mortgage the house to be able to afford a car with the latest bells and whistles. Instead of splurging for a new set of wheels, build on what yo...
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The Single Best Way to Fire-Proof Your Home
Did you know that in the United States fires kill more people than all non-fire natural disasters combined? Perhaps e...
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The Right Stuff: 3 Types of Safety Gear You Need for DIY
Few do-it-yourselfers would consider remodeling a room, building an addition, or addressing a plumbing or electrical ...
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What You Can't See CAN Hurt You
Walk into any home on any street in any town and you are likely to see the same fire safety features that you have in...
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10 Things You Never Thought to Keep in Your Car
We all know to carry jumper cables, some extra blankets, and a few bottles of water in our car in case of an emergency, but what are some other items you should h...
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How To: Use a Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are like insurance: You have it in hopes of never needing it (and there’d better be at least one i...
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Beyond Security: 3 More Reasons to Install a New Floodlight
Where I live out in the country, the nights can be very dark—no city lights down the street, and nothing more than th...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Sharpening a Chainsaw
Whether you’re a timber worker or you’re just interested in cutting your own firewood, it’s vital to maintain a profe...
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10 Ways Your Backyard Can Hurt You
No one likes weeds. They invade our garden beds, siphoning soil nutrients and water away from flowers and shrubs. But which ones can do you real harm? Read on for...
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Genius! The Easy Cure for Every Dark Hallway
When it comes to lighting, there are probably plenty of places in your home with room for improvement—basements, stai...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ultimate Protection Against the Most Severe Storms
Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder that in every part of the country, severe storms pose a grave threat. To g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hosting Seniors for the Holidays
If you're lucky enough to be part of a large, multi-generational family, your holiday gatherings are likely to includ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Season Fire Safety
House fires take a devastating toll during the holidays. This year, be a cautious and make fire safety an integral pa...
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9 Hidden Dangers to Dodge This Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but all this merrymaking can lead to seasonal dangers. Holiday-related injuries and disasters can put a serious da...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Outdoor Holiday Lighting
If you’re planning to add holiday lights, not only to the tree in your living room, but to the trees and bushes outdo...
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Time's Up: 9 Things to Repair in Your Home Before It's Too Late
Time never seems to be on our side, and it can especially work against us in the case of certain home repairs. A suspicious water spot on the ceiling, a slight cr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Power Strips vs. Surge Protectors
Not quite sure of the difference between power strips and surge protectors? You’re not alone. Home improvement center...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Electrical Shocks in Your Workshop
If you’re setting up a home workshop for your do-it-yourself projects, recognize that in a room with so many power to...
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10 Safety Essentials That Most Homes Are Missing
Although it's tempting to brush off the possibility that a fire, break-in, or other emergency could strike your home, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Ma...
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13 Home Improvements That Are Illegal to DIY
Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC...
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Bob Vila Radio: Block Out Blazes with a Fire Door
All too often, it seems tragic house fires lead the evening newscast. If you’re looking for better ways to protect yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Way to Hammer
There may be no tool more basic than the humble hammer. But however straightforward it may be in design and utility, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Setup for Extension Ladders
For committed do-it-yourselfers, extension ladders are a must-have. When you’re using them, though, it’s important to...
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Quick Tip: Mix Sand with Paint for Non-Slip Surfaces
Slippery when wet: Those words of caution may be most familiar in the context of hospital and airport floors, but the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Child-Safe Power Outlets, Reinvented
You can't possibly pick a more important job to do around your home than keeping your family safe. And of course many...
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8 Dangerous Secrets Your Home May Be Hiding
Perhaps you have just moved into a new home. Or maybe you’ve lived in your house for a while and have started to uncover certain, shall we say, disturbing things ...
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Sick House Syndrome: 7 Things You Need to Know Now
Could your house be making you sick? According to the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Indoor...
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7 Ways to Avoid Winter's Worst Home Disaster
The big freeze has many homeowners scrambling for insulation and space heaters. But some of the most important areas to examine in the home are the plumbing pipes...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Smoke Alarm Chirping?
Why do you do when there's a smoke alarm chirping in your home, seemingly without provocation? How can you keep that ...
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How To: Get Rid of ANYTHING
A new year is a great time to get rid all the junk that is cluttering your home. But some things are easier to dispose of than others. Many charitable organizatio...
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Beep, Beep, Beep: Silence Your Malfunctioning Smoke Detector
If there have been nationwide polls conducted to determine what drives homeowners the most crazy, I would bet that be...
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Don't Try This at Home: The 7 Most Dangerous DIYs
Owning a home can be very expensive, which is why many savvy homeowners learn to do minor maintenance and repair work themselves, rather than hire a professional....
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Bob Vila Radio: Reciprocating Saw Safety
Reciprocating saws—the ones with a motor and a thin, straight blade that juts back and forth—are one of the most usef...
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Bob Vila Radio: Circular Saw Safety
Although circular saws are one of the most useful tools you can have in your toolbox, they can also be one of the mos...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Scalding Injuries
Scalding injuries are one of the top reasons people show up at emergency rooms with burns. Listen to BOB VILA ON PREV...
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11 Home Hazards to Know and Avoid
If you ask most people where they feel the safest, chances are the answer will be in their own home. But home safety depends on a variety of factors, and potentia...
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Staying Safe: 5 Home Must-Haves for Storm Emergencies
The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to storm emergencies...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Escape Ladders
Here’s a dismal statistic: According to the Home Safety Council, just 6 percent of U. S. homes have a fire escape lad...
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Bob Vila Radio: Long Life Smoke Alarms
It’s not news that every home needs multiple smoke detectors—one for every sleeping area and one for every floor of y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection
You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...
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Bob Vila Radio: Using Fire Extinguishers
You probably wouldn’t think of living in a home without smoke detectors—they are proven lifesavers. But what about fi...
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Quick Tip: Safety Glasses
Contemporary safety glasses are much improved. They offer comfort and clear vision as well as protection from flying ...
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Quick Tip: Circular Saw Safety
Here's some important safety tips to remember when you're using a circular saw. Remove jewelry and loose clothing fir...
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Staying Put: 10+ Improvements to Get Your House Ready for Your Next Age
We’re getting older. Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65—part of a huge shift in America, as 79 million Boomers sta...
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Quick Tip: Fire Extinguishers
Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, you gotta have a fire extinguisher. While they come types A, B, o...
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Quick Tip: Home Lightning Protection Systems
Installing a lightning protection system is not a do-it-yourself project, but it's very important in protecting your ...
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Quick Tip: Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
These days, more new homes are being built with sprinkler systems. Here's how they work.  Sprinkler pipes are hooked ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Handrails
Unless your home is at exactly ground level, you probably have a step or two up to your door. High ranches and coloni...
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8 Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them
More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you'll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy.
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The Power Outage Survival Guide
When you're struck by a blackout, brownout, or sudden power surge, follow these tips to safeguard your home's electronics and appliances—and your family—until the...
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Band Saw Safety
This is a powerful cutting tool and must be used with proper respect and care. The Saw Table. Keep it clear of debris...
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Workshop Safety
Workshop safety consists of more than just wearing proper protective gear. Here are a few other guidelines:Know Thy T...
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Fireproof Your Workshop
It hardly needs to be said, but you should of course do everything you can to reduce the risk of fire in you workshop...
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How To: Saw Safely
Every time you use a power saw, you put your very own flesh and blood at risk. I've worked with more contractors than...
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Childproofing the Kitchen
Many child-safety experts believe that children should be kept out of the kitchen and that no amount of childproofing...
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Timers and Sensors for Home Security
Light is one of the key elements to a safe home. Entryways must be lighted to welcome visitors and reassure homeowner...
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Electricity in the Modern Home
A home's electrical system is prone to wear and tear. Regular testing and evaluation of receptacles, switches, and br...
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Selecting a Child Safety Gate
When a family brings a child into the world, they begin to look at the home through a different set of lenses. Grand ...
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Residential Sprinkler Systems
Eighty percent of fire deaths occur in residences, with over 3,000 people dying per year in U. S. house fires. Despit...
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Window Blind and Curtain Safety
Since 1991, more than 175 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in drapery and window cor...
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Pool Fencing for Improved Safety
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under five in the United States. Most deaths occur in fami...
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Childproofing the Bathroom
Bathroom AccessChildproofing a room begins with some common-sense approaches. “So much of it doesn’t cost a cent,” sa...
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Child Safety During Home Renovations
Safety is an important consideration in any home renovation, but when children live in a home under reconstruction, k...
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Childproofing the Home Office
Statistics show that almost 75 percent of Americans have some sort of home office. And as these dedicated work areas ...
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Quick Tip: Boost Child Safety at Home
Childproofing: What Do You Need?Most new parents know they need to take steps to protect their child from household d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Drill
You’ve got the smoke alarms and the carbon monoxide detectors, and you change their batteries regularly. But does you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gas Leak
Natural gas is a safe, clean source of home energy, but in the unlikely event of a gas leak, it’s important to know w...
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10 Low-Cost Ways to Improve Your Home Security
If the cost of a high-tech security system is beyond your means, consider these low-cost options to keep your home safe.
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Bob Vila Radio: Hearing Protection
If you’re exposed to it long enough, any noise level above eighty-five decibels—like what you’d hear on a busy city s...
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Icicles: Charming or Chancy?
I remember that as I child I loved to wake up on wintry mornings to find icicles hanging off the house. I’d check eve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Fire Safety
Did you know that each holiday season in the US, fires cause nearly a billion dollars in damage? Keep your family saf...
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Bob Vila Radio: Candle Safety
Fires injure 2,600 people in the US and cause nearly a billion dollars in damage each holiday season. A lot of those ...
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Riding Out the Storm
If you are riding out the storm in a single-family home, make sure you have a plan for the worst-case scenario. A blo...
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Waiting for Hurricane Sandy
[Editor's Note: At time of posting, Hurricane Sandy is still hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast and has yet to ...
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Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Preparedness
If you are among the estimated 50 million people in the path of Hurricane Sandy, you are hopefully heeding the warnin...
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Smoke Detectors for the Design Set
The long arm of design reaches new territory with the advent of designer smoke alarms. Why shouldn’t this safety prod...
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9 Ways to Boost Your Fire Preparedness
October is Fire Safety Month, and we've rounded up our top tips to keep your home—and your family—safe and protected.
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguishers
Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, at least one fire extinguisher should be standard equiment in you...
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Fire Safety Month: Kidde Wireless Interconnected Alarm System
October is Fire Safety Month—so we’re taking a look at some advances in fire preparedness. Since a homeowner only has...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Safety Check
Fall’s a good time to do a top-to-bottom safety check of your home to protect your family and save big bucks on major...
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Bob Vila Radio: Child Safety Gates
Falling down the stairs is so common and so dangerous, if you’ve got a baby in your house, you ought to have safety g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lightning Protection
You’ve heard it said that you’ve got a better chance of being struck by lighting than winning the lottery, and that’s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bee & Wasp Control
Late summer’s when you see ‘em, but now’s not  actually the best time to mess with a bee or wasp nest. The queen esta...
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Bob Vila Radio: Electrical Outlet Inspection
Now’s a great time to do a whole-house electrical inspection, and you can do this kind yourself. CM_BVILANOTES-7 Elec...
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Quick Tip: Choosing Child Safety Gates
Important Safety Tool If you’re a parent, one of your many important jobs is making your home safe for your child. As...
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Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
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Checklist: A Safe and Insurable Yard
To be sure that the outside of your home is safe and insurable, review the exterior for overall safety. Aside from al...
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Bob Vila Radio: Childproofing Tips
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Childproofing Gadgets
Every home is different—and children are great at finding different things to get into every day. There’s a childproo...
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Childproofing Checklist
One of the most important tasks for new parents is insuring the safety of their child. While the basics are generally...
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Preventing Home Accidents
It’s easy to overlook the obvious, especially when you’re busy, distracted or anxious to get something done. But over...
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Quick Tip: Snow Blower Safety
'Tis the season for snowblowing, and it’s no joke that hundreds of emergency room visits each winter are caused by un...
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Protective Gear
There's nothing hard about wearing safety goggles or earplugs or a respirator when they are needed. The cost for such...
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