Our home is our family's safe haven.
It's the place we return to each evening, leaving workday worries - and the outside world - behind once we secure the front door.
While our walls provide a refuge within which we can weather the storms of daily life, ensuring our family's physical security requires some extra precautions.
Safe measure to include: creating a disaster-survival kit, installing detectors to alert you to fire and other hazards, securing door and windows against thieves, and battening down the hatches in anticipation of Mother Nature's fury.
Here's how ensure your family is safe from the10 most common home accidents.
Vacation Home Safety: 10 Rules to Prevent Intruders While You're Away
It's going to be great to get away. These tips to keep intruders from
knowing you're on vacation will ensure a great homecoming, too.
8 Steps to Securing Your Home Against Intruders Whether your home is humble or palatial, there's probably something inside it of interest to thieves. These 8 tips can help you keep what's inside your home safe.
How Long Food Lasts The essential guide to how long food lasts.
Food Labels Explained
What does the "sell by" date on the organic milk carton really mean? How
long is it good after the "sell by" date? Because all labeling isn't created equal, here's a guide to the
wording on food packages, and what it means.
Frozen Foods: What's Safe, What's Not These guidelines to properly packaging and dating steak, fish and chicken will help prevent the dreaded freezer burn, and ensure fresh, healthy meals.
February Home Checklist The monthly home checklist will help ensure your home's systems and surfaces are in good working order.
Lock Talk Your home's locks should be solid - and your door needs a deadbolt, too. Here are the details you'll need to secure your home.
Asbestos and Lead: What You Need to Know These tips will help you determine whether your home is at risk of exposing your family to asbestos or lead.
What You Need to Know About Radon Gas Is your home secure against the potential threat of radon gas? Find out here.
Home Safety: The 10 Essentials The essential checklist for home security.
Disaster Preparedness How to prepare your home and your family against natural disasters.
Prepare Your Home for Earthquakes We've heard "the big one" is due soon. (Whatever "soon" means.) So why not be prepared - your dishes will thank you - and prepare for it now? These easy tips can help.
Preparing for a Flood If you live in an area prone to floods, make sure to include these water-survival essentials in your family's first-aid or disaster-preparedness kit. Here's how to prepare your home and your family.
How to Create a First Aid Kit for the Car Bumps, bruises, bee stings, headaches and more can and do happen while we're on the road. Be prepared for almost any emergency with a mobile first aid kit.
5 Tips for Hurricanes and Tornadoes Whipping winds and rain - the effects of a hurricane or tornado can be devastating. Here's how to protect your home.
12 Fireplace Safety Tips Keeping the homefires burning requires a bit more than throwing a log or three in the hearth along with some kindling and setting it ablaze. What to know before you light up the fireplace.
10 Steps to a Secure Home Ensure your family - and everyone who enters your home - is secure with these 10 simple tips.
Child-Proof Your Home in 5 Easy Steps Here's how to keep little fingers and toes - and other appendages - out of harm's way in every room in your home.
Preventing Household Accidents Most accidents happen at home. These simple tips will help keep your home from living up to this adage.
How to Keep Important Home Records Secure at Home Birth certificates and licenses are just a few of the important papers we keep in our homes. Here's how to keep them secure inside.
Preventing Common Kitchen and Bathroom Accidents Sharp items and gallons of water are just two of the potential hazards in your home's two most dangerous rooms. These tips will help ensure the kitchen and bathrooms are hazard-free zones.
10 Backyard Rules for Kids Ten essential rules for kids playing on the patio or in the backyard.
Preventing Zoonotic Diseases Kids and pets are a natural. Unfortunately, so are pet-borne diseases that can be transmitted to two-legged family members doing litter-box or pooper-scooping chores. Here's what to know before you dig in.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.