Home Safety Planning
Prepare for your next home safety project by discovering our planning ideas & tips.
The 5 Best Baby Gates (2023 Guide)
You can section off your home’s rooms or levels with baby gates to prevent your toddler from getting hurt. In this guide, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best baby gates on Amazon.
The 5 Best Fire Escape Ladders (2023 Review)
From pet rescue crates to multi-story ladders, we researched the best fire escape ladders and devices on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you.
A Snowbird’s Guide to Winterizing the Home
Do you travel to warmer weather during the winter months but often worry about leaving for a long period of time? Read on for tips on protecting your main residence from potential problems so you can relax all season in that sunny vacation spot.
The 5 Best Fire Extinguishers (2023 Guide)
Fire extinguishers put out small fires in your kitchen, basement, bedroom, or other area of your home. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best fire extinguishers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
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.
Smart Home Security: Keeping Tabs on Your House
Protect your property from porch pirates, intruders, and more with a smart home security system you can set up in an afternoon.
How to Prevent House Fires
Unsure where to begin when it comes to preventing a house fire? Start with the action items here.
The 5 Best Home Generators (2023 Review)
When you’re buying a home generator, it’s important to consider outlet options, fuel type, and noise level, among other factors. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best home generators on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
How Much Does a Home Security System Cost?
In this article, we break down the costs of a home security system so that you can select the one that’s right for your home.
9 Best Home Security Systems (2022 Reviews)
Investing in a home security system can improve home safety and help protect your home from break-ins and theft. Keep reading to learn about the best home security systems and find a solution that’s right for you.
Best Glass Break Sensors (2022)
Glass break sensors provide an additional layer of home security to any alarm system. Here are our picks for the best glass break sensors available to homeowners.
Best Driveway Alarms (2022 Review)
Protecting your home starts the minute someone enters your property, and for many that’s via the driveway. Keep reading for the best driveway alarms and tips for choosing the best alarm for your home.
Best Home Security Cameras (2023)
Homeowners have more options for home security cameras than ever before, complete with a laundry list of basic and advanced features. We break down the best home security camera systems available and go over some key factors to consider when making your decision.
Best Nanny Cams of 2022
Nanny cams, also known as indoor security cameras with motion detection, can help keep your home safe while also allowing you to check in on kids and pets. We’ve reviewed the best nanny cams of 2022 to help you choose the right camera for your home.
Vivint Smart Home Security Review (2022)
In this Vivint review, we break down the company’s home security equipment and monthly monitoring plans. Keep reading to see if it’s the right security system for you.
Best DIY Home Security Systems (2022)
If you don’t want to be held down by long contracts, you may benefit from a DIY home security system. In this article we discuss the best DIY home security systems to help you choose a system for your home.
SimpliSafe Home Security Review (2022)
SimpliSafe is an established home security company that offers alarm systems and monitoring services to keep your home or business safe. This review of SimpliSafe includes everything the company has to offer and shows how it compares to competitors.
Understanding the Dangers of Thirdhand Smoke
Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and painter Mauro Henrique discuss how to remove a cigarette smell from a home and why it is important to do so.
Ring Security System Review
In this Ring Security System Review, our Reviews Team installed and tested Ring’s alarm system. Read on to find out how it performed during our tests.
The 5 Best First Aid Kits (2023 Review)
First aid kits usually contain basic medical care items, such as adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and medical tape. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best first aid kits on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
How to Wire a Portable Generator
Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman explains a few different methods for hooking up a portable generator to a house.
How to Safeguard Your House from Wildfires
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor learns about ways to make a home more resistant to wildfires.
3 Things to Do Before a Storm
Do these simple tasks before severe weather hits to help minimize or even prevent costly damage to your home
Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation
Avoid mere inconveniences—as well as potential catastrophes—by taking care of some not-so-obvious to-do list items
Whole-House Battery Backup
Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.
How to Create a Drainage Swale
The plant-populated channels can redirect storm water to specific locations
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
How to Hack-Proof Your Smart Home
A senior security researcher at the risk management firm Tripwire gives his tips for protecting your router and Wi-Fi devices
14 Fast Fall Fixes
Service smoke alarms, drain the water heater, fertilize the lawn, drain and store hoses, PLUS other things you've got to get done before cold weather kicks in for good.
Holiday Home Security Dos and Don'ts
Your empty house is an easy target for burglars. Deter them with these tactical tips
14 Supplies to Help You Prepare for a Blizzard
What you need to prepare for a snowstorm so you have the essentials before, during, and after an emergency strikes.