Safety & Disaster Prep

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How to Make a Solar Panel Emergency Backup System

Here is how to make an emergency battery charging station for home use or RV'ing.

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How to Make an Emergency Water Supply for Your Home

Here are some thoughts on making an emergency water supply for your home.

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How to Shut Off Your Home's Water, Electricity and Gas in an Emergency

If there has been a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster, you may have to turn off your home's gas, water or other utilities yourself. Here is how to do it.

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How to Get Emergency Drinking Water From Fire Hydrants

This article will break down how to get drinking water from fire hydrants in an emergency and explain why you should only do so in an emergency.

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How to Build an Exterior Steel Handrail and Save a Bundle

Do you need to replace an exterior handrail and are suffering from sticker shock? The prices of low-quality metal railings is outrageous. Save a mint by building and installing your own galvanized steel handrail, and this guide will show you how.

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25+ Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane

The Atlantic hurricane season will be here before you know it, and now is the time to prepare for a hurricane. Getting a head start on hurricane preparedness can help you avoid last-minute expenses and unnecessary stress should a storm head your way.

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What Preppers Can Learn From the BBC Series Wartime Farm

Resourcefulness, creativity, hands-on skills, knowledge, self-sufficiency and sustainability are but a few of the things preppers can learn from watching the BBC series Wartime Farm.

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Hurricane Season Is Just Around the Corner

If you live in Florida or Texas or any other state that has experienced the wrath of a hurricane, you know the importance of hurricane preparedness.

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Surprising Products That Expire

Everybody knows milk, eggs, and certain other foods expire. However, you will be very surprised that products other than foods also expire. This article contains some real shockers.

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Cape Town Water Crisis: Tips on How to Prepare Your Property and Garden for Rainfall After Drought

While the focus right now is on avoiding "Day Zero" and many ideas are being shared on how to save water, it's also important to think ahead and plan for the first rains which do eventually arrive.

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How to Be Prepared for Deadly Hurricanes Seasons

Anyone living in an area where hurricanes occur on a regular basis should know what to do to prepare. They should also know what they will need to survive the hurricane and the days after a hurricane.

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How to Stock a Disaster Preparedness Kit

Food is not the most essential item in a disaster preparedness kit. Learn which essentials you'll need to survive without power or transportation.

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Coming Home After a Disaster: Things You Need to Know

Here are a few resources people returning to hurricane- or flood-ravaged homes should have.

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How to Prepare for and Survive a Power Outage in Winter

Winter storms can bring heavy winds and feet of snow. Are you prepared to go days without power in the freezing cold?

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A Simple Guide to Asbestos

Asbestos is now seen as a dangerous building material. But what is asbestos and why did we use it?

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Survival Skills: Top 23 Items for Emergency Food Supplies

What are the most important foods that should be in your emergency food supply? Having adequate supplies in your long-term food storage is essential.

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Preventing Electric Shock in the Home and Garden

A GFCI or RCD is a safety device designed to shut off power in the event of an electrical "leak." These devices can save your life and should be fitted to all extension leads.

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10 Must-Have Survival Tools (You Probably Already Own)

Life is unpredictable. Tornadoes tear through towns, earthquakes rattle cities and unexpected events can catch us off guard. What if I told you that the best survival tools are right under your nose?

Lead and the Everyday Products That Have It

It is known that lead is toxic, but do you know what makes it poisonous? Here are some of the common household products that have lead.

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Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home: Mold and Carbon Monoxide

Two of the most dangerous health hazards found in our homes are black mold and carbon monoxide. Learn the signs and symptoms of exposure and what you can do to protect your family.

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How to Build a Fire Bunker

How I designed and constructed a fire bunker using recycled items and spending NO money. My family lives off the grid in a high fire danger area. Adapt my ideas for your own protection in fire season.

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How to Decrease Forest Wildfire Risk in and Near Your House and Structures

The rash of current wild fires (particularly wildfire in Arizona and Colorado) should spur one to think of ways to keep the home safe. Whatever you can do to protect your home is worth doing now.

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Elderly Care House Design for Our Old Age - Elderly Care Home

As you grow older your existing house may not be safe anymore. Check these house design ideas to make it kid and elderly friendly now and for the future

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Fire Prevention in the Home: Common Sense Tips

A fire in the home can be a devastating event, damaging property and possibly causing death or personal injury. This guide outlines the most common causes of fires and how to prevent them.

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Poisonous Substances Found at Home

There is poison lurking in almost every room of your house. Identify these potential health risks and keep everyone safe.

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How to Use a Ladder Safely and Safety Tips for Walking on Roofs

Working at a height can be hazardous. This guide provides some tips on how to stay safe while working up a ladder, how to erect it, and safety tips for working on roofs.

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency, Especially in Winter

Think you're prepared for an emergency? Even when you think you are, you may need to check your list twice....

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Winter Power Outage Tips for Cooking, Heating, and Lighting

A snowy winter may bring power outages. Having a few simple supplies at home can keep you comfortable even if the electricity is off for a few days.

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Sandbags: Where to Get Them & Ways to Make Your Own

Sandbags are one of the best ways to insulate a house against low-level flood waters. Here's a guide on where to source them or make your own.

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How to Safely Dispose of Broken Glass Into the Garbage

Here is the best and safest way to get rid of dangerous glass garbage. How to get rid of smashed glass safely. How do you deal with broken crockery. Can you put broken glass in the recycling bin?