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9 halloween home safety tips.

Hey, it isn't easy surviving Halloween without a bump or a scratch.

Especially if you're little, have four legs, or just plain don't move (your home).

Things that go bump in the night can get downright scary - unless you're prepared for the possible pitfalls of October 31 and prepare for them.

Here are 9 Halloween safety tips to ensure a hazard-free night for everyone - and everything - in your life.


8 home security tips to prevent intruders.

Most burglars aren't looking to fill their bags with your best crystal or your late grandmother's antique china.

Instead, they're after common items - the flat-screen TV, your son's X-Box games, a pricey pair of athletic shoes - that can quickly be sold down the street.

Nothing terribly complicated to defeat here.

These 8 home security tips to prevent intruders can help keep your family safe.




asbestos and lead paint safety tips you should know.

If your home was built before 1987, chances are good that some of its structural elements contain asbestos. 

The most common places you'll find it is in tile, popcorn ceilings, or inside your home's siding.

Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, asbestos cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare cancer most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.

In homes built before 1979, lead paint is also commonly found. 

At the time, lead was added to paint to speed up drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion.

Here's what you need to know today about asbestos and lead paint in your home.



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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.