Home Safety Tips
Protect your home & family with our safety tutorials on all things home safety.
Understanding IAQ Testing
Home technology expert Ross Trethewey teaches host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know about indoor air quality testing.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Smoke Alarms
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
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
Keep Basements Mold-Free
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
How to Select and Use Hearing Protection
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor discusses the importance of hearing protection when working around power tools
Best Air Purifiers to Get You Through Allergy Season
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
Whole-House Battery Backup
Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.
How to Prevent Holiday Fires
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor travels to UL Laboratories to learn about preventing fires from holiday decorations.
How to Build a Storm Shelter
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.
How to Choose Hurricane Window Covers
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner several ways to protect windows during a storm.
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
Discover Your Home's Top 10 Danger Zones
Watch these common problem areas to help prevent costly household disasters
How to Handle Household Products Safely
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
10 Ways Your Bathroom is Making You Sick
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
Beware of Hidden Home Fire Hazards
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
How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season
Before you spark up the logs, make a clean sweep using these seven crucial fireplace safety tips
Hurricane Prep: Storm Safety Checklist
Here's what you should do if a storm watch or warning is issued where you live.
How to Remove a Dangerous Tree
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti remove a badly decayed tree.
9 Highly Toxic Old Household Products
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
How to Remove and Contain Lead Paint
Lead paint abatement specialist Ron Peik shows the safe, proper way to dispose of lead paint.
15 Ways Your Home Can Make You Infertile
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
How to Avoid Holiday Horrors
Here's how to save your house from devolving into a disaster during the holidays
Cleaning Up Lead, Asbestos, and Other Hazards
When an inspection revealed a handful of household hazards, the owners of this TOH TV project house tackled the cleanup for a healthier home
10 Ways Your House Can Kill You
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
5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using
From wine to grease stains, use these simple and nontoxic household cleaning solutions that are likely in your kitchen pantry.
Child Safety in the Home
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
How to Test for Radon and Get Rid of It
Learn about DIY radon tests, hiring a mitigation contractor, and building a radon-resistant home.
How to Flu-Proof Your Home
Show winter illnesses the door by keeping the house as germ-free as can be. This Old House has some time-honored tips for making your house a healthy home
Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon?
We separate the myth from the fact, and tell you what to do if you're concerned