Home Safety Tips
Protect your home & family with our safety tutorials on all things home safety.
In many areas of the country, some form of consumer fireworks are legal. Learn how to protect yourself and your family if you're planning your own festival of lights this holiday.
Home technology expert Ross Trethewey teaches host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know about indoor air quality testing.
The end of Daylight Saving Time (November 4, this year) serves as an informal reminder to replace smoke-alarm batteries. Changes to fire code mean now’s a good time to consider these Qs, too
Do these simple tasks before severe weather hits to help minimize or even prevent costly damage to your home
Planning to create or redo a below-grade living space? Finished basements are vulnerable to damage from storm-water intrusions, leaking pipes and hot-water tanks, or simply high humidity. Lower the risk of mold or mildew taking hold by remodeling with materials made to shake off damp conditions
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor discusses the importance of hearing protection when working around power tools
Some people love the warm weather that comes with spring. But allergy sufferers dread this time of year. Here are a few doctor-approved home air purifiers to help you through the season
Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor travels to UL Laboratories to learn about preventing fires from holiday decorations.
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to pour a massive concrete storm shelter. Read on to also learn more about design considerations and guidelines to keep you safe from the storm.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner several ways to protect windows during a storm.
A senior security researcher at the risk management firm Tripwire gives his tips for protecting your router and Wi-Fi devices
It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a full-blown life-threatening fire. We break down the sequence of events in a typical kitchen fire to show how quickly the devastation can spread.
Watch these common problem areas to help prevent costly household disasters
Learn the best way to reduce your use of certain household products, as well as the proper way to dispose of those you no longer need
The bathroom may be all about cleaning, yet it's one of the worst places in your home for hiding nasty chemicals, allergens, and other toxins
You may consider your home fire-safe, but dangers lurk around your workbench, behind your walls, and right on your kitchen counter. Here's how to extinguish them
Before you spark up the logs, make a clean sweep using these seven crucial fireplace safety tips
Here's what you should do if a storm watch or warning is issued where you live.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti remove a badly decayed tree.
If it's been a while since you cleaned out the basement or shed, watch out for these dangerous household chemicals hiding on the back shelves
Lead paint abatement specialist Ron Peik shows the safe, proper way to dispose of lead paint.
Doctors can't explain what's wrong for about 10 percent of couples who can't conceive, and some experts suspect the culprit is where you'd least expect: in the home
Here's how to save your house from devolving into a disaster during the holidays
When an inspection revealed a handful of household hazards, the owners of this TOH TV project house tackled the cleanup for a healthier home
Poisonous gases, electrical currents, rust, fires—there are many ways your house can take you down, if you're not vigilant about safety and codes. Check out these dangerous household conditions for a lesson in what not to do
From wine to grease stains, use these simple and nontoxic household cleaning solutions that are likely in your kitchen pantry.
Thousands of kids go to emergency rooms every year as a result of preventable, accidental injuries. Here's how you can lower your youngster's chances of being one of them
Learn about DIY radon tests, hiring a mitigation contractor, and building a radon-resistant home.