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Home Safety Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring home safety ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.


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The 4 Best Hidden Cameras (2024 Guide)

Hidden cameras keep track of your home and family. In this guide, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best hidden cameras on Amazon to help you find the right product for you.

5 Best Safes (2024 Guide)

Whether you’re trying to protect items in your home or on a trip, a safe can provide you with the security you need. In this review, our Reviews Team researched the five best safes on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.

The 13 Most Hazardous Homeowner DIY Trends

From DIY decks and porches to seemingly innocent wall demolition—a home inspection expert explains which popular home improvement projects are the riskiest for homeowners to tackle and why.

Simple Ways to Safeguard Your Home in Winter

These small projects will safeguard you and your home through the cold-weather months.

How to Choose a Smart Doorbell

Home technology expert Ross Tretheway shows host Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about smart home doorbells.

Creating a Forever Home: Aging in Place

Here’s how you can go about aging in place not just gracefully but gradually—without giving up the house you love.

Best Indoor Security Cameras (Tested and Ranked)

Our Reviews Team tested and ranked the best indoor security cameras on Amazon. Read our review to find the right one for your home.

Best Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms of 2023

If you’re looking to detect smoke and carbon monoxide in your home, read our review to learn about the best smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on Amazon.

Best Door and Window Alarms.

Our window and door alarm guide will help you choose the right alarm devices for your home. Read on for the best door and window alarms.

Safety Gear Recommendations for DIYers

Most safety gear won’t cost you an arm and a leg, however, a hazardous work environment might. Keeping your body protected must always be your first priority, so it’s imperative that you invest in equipment that ensures that you’re kept safe from potential harm.

Give Back During the COVID-19 Crisis

If you have spare, unused masks, respirator cartridges, nitrile gloves, safety goggles or face shields, please donate them.

A Personal Story on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares a personal story on the dangers of carbon monoxide and how an operational CO detector could be the difference between life and death..

Upgrade to a Smart Smoke Detector

Standard-issue detectors have saved countless lives, but those battery-powered sentries can drive you crazy with false alarms and middle-of-the-night chirps ("Help! my battery needs changing . . . now!"). Some new smartphone-connected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors offer fixes for that—and more. Here’s a sampling.

Really Smart Homes

There are a lot of choices these days in the way of connected devices for a safer, more secure, and more convenient home. Maybe too many. To help you figure it out, here are 5 starter kits tailored to 5 very different types of homes and homeowners

19 Easy Home Upgrades for April

Simple ways to improve your home this month

Fire-Resistant Decking and Framing

Keep fire from gaining a foothold on your deck or inside your home's walls with these flame-resistant framing materials

A Family Copes with a Fire

A tragic fire set the stage for this This Old House renovation project in Billerica

5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using

The question is why? After all, they're within reach-right in your kitchen cupboard.

This Roof Resists Hurricanes, Collects Water

Bermuda's limestone roofs withstand hurricanes and collect precious rainwater