Almost all of us work from home at some time. Some of us have full-time jobs that require us to be at our home office all week, and some of us only use our workstations at home to pay bills and write emails. Whatever the home workstation is being used for, there are a few things that can be done to minimize the space that they take up and the clutter that they often engender.
The older home office desk was huge. This was primarily because older monitors took up a great deal of space. Although many people have Read more »
An electrical fire can be a real disaster and many lives have been lost to this homeowner’s nightmare as a result. Thankfully, there are ways in which you can protect your home and your family from the threat of electrical fire.
Here are just a few suggestions to protect yourself from old sparky:
1.) Get a home security system. Providers like Quortek offer sophisticated monitoring systems that not only watch for intrusion but rising heat and smoke levels, as well. In many cases, these sensors have been instrumental in preventing a minor fire from becoming a major blaze.
2.) Unplug unnecessary electronics and try not to overuse a single outlet. Just because an electrical outlet has two faces doesn’t mean you should occupy them both. And be wary of any electrical plugs where you can jury-rig other wires onto them.
3.) Have a plan. Just like the fire drills from your school days, make sure everyone in your home knows how to act and where to go in the event of a fire. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of being prepared and knowing how to act.
And, as always, be wary of faulty equipment. That includes chewed or frayed wires, cheap electronics, etc.
Electrical components in your home are often the cause of an electrical fire. Many electrical fires occur because of old wiring in a home. The best way to prevent an electrical fire is to eliminate any chance of a fire from occurring.
Wiring for an electrical device that appears frayed is old or worn and should not be used. If you see any frayed wires on an electrical device, do not plug it into an outlet. You will want to replace the device or Read more »
Portable devices have become what most people use to save their big files. Everyone wants to get a drive that is portable for pictures and movies. People want to be able to travel with the files that they love the most.
This has caused many people to look for the safe storage solutions that will last. This really depends on the drive and the methods that are used with the drives. The Passport drives are typically the most stable drives on the Read more »
Choosing to install detectors in your home is a decision that could potentially make a critical difference. Staying alerted to the presence of smoke from a fire or even of odorless gasses that can present a serious health threat can be as simple as installing the right detectors. With an early warning system that will able to alert you to any possible danger you will have a better way to keep yourself and your family safe.
Smoke inhalation, structure fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are all very real threats that claim many lives each Read more »
Extension cords are great for connecting short and long cords together. For instance, if you have a small power tool you need to use in another room or outside in the garage, you will need an extension cord. An extension is meant to add length. The biggest problem most people run into is actually a simple one. If they would take a few minutes to check the watts and recommended wiring specifications of a cord before they use it that information could Read more »
Even though, October is Fire Prevention Month, Fire Prevention should be a year round quest. Clothes dryers are subject to fires if not maintained properly. According to the United States Fire Administration there is an average of 13,000 fires due to malfunctioning clothes dryer. Dryer fires claim 15 victims and injure nearly 300 people every year. To put dryer fires into a destruction perspective, such fires cause $88 million in property damage.
Lint build up is responsible for dryer fires. The machine runs very hot, and lint is very flammable. It is essential to clean the lint trap after Read more »
Childproofing a home is an undertaking that can often begin with something as simple as socket protectors and can end with locking toilets. But when it comes to childproofing the living room, there can seem no end to the dangers for babies taking their first steps and toddlers who love to see what can go in their mouth.
Socket protectors are almost a no brainer when it comes to childproofing. But with all of the media devices that are used today, protecting your child doesn’t end there. Cords Read more »
Working from the comfort of your home sounds like a near ideal job. Because this idea is quite popular, many individuals have made it their goal to rob you of your money. While some of these schemes are quite obvious, there are many out there that seem legitimate and are very difficult to detect.
One of the biggest points to look out for is the asking of money. Most legitimate work-at-home businesses will not ask you for money of any kind. Most Read more »
Many of us have seen a number of emails that come pouring in asking for personal information. Some of these take the form of “help me and I will pay you” schemes while others look like legitimate emails from respectable companies. Sometimes, it is very difficult to tell which ones are real.
Never hand out your personal information in an email. If you are truly the winner of $10 million, then they should already have that information. Avoid emails that say you are a beneficiary or winner, but yet don’t have your name when they contact you. If Read more »