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Whether you own or rent your home, it’s still your home. You wake up there, fall asleep there, host parties, holidays, and cuddle up with a good book there. It’s special, and we want to keep it that way, which is why creating a safe zone around your home, wherever it may be, is important. Home security systems are the best way to protect what you care about: property, belongings, and of course, your family. But beyond installing a security system, which will alert you of intruders, accidents, or any other breach of your system, you should be aware of the little things. For example, where you store household cleaners is a small detail that can have a large impact. Many cleaners are full of harmful chemicals, and if kept too close to heat, such as your stove or oven, they can create a big, toxic mess. In addition, baby-proofing your home, childproofing it, and knowing how to make it secure when you go out of town are all ways to ensure you’re being as safe as possible when it comes to protecting what matters. And although you may have many great ideas in place for how to keep your home safe, you should always reach out to an ADT professional for tips and advice on how to protect your property and your family.


Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. The leaves change color, and the crisp air makes it perfect for apple picking or enjoying your favorite pumpkin spice concoction. But fall is also a season that requires you to be a bit more vigilant when it comes to safeguarding your children. As they head back to school and away from the watchful care you’ve provided all summer, they’ll be open to becoming one of the roughly 115 kids accosted by a stranger each year — or one of 20,000 other American children in the ER, since fall is also the official start of the cold and flu season....

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If cleanliness is next to godliness, then we’re pretty sure that you work really hard to keep things tidy, right? But in your quest to make your home shine bright like a diamond, you may be inadvertently introducing new hazards to yourself and the rest of your family. Here, we offer 9 tips to help you make sure that your cleaning ambitions don’t lead to disaster for your family....

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Summer is always a welcome break from the treacherous winter, but it brings its own set of safety pitfalls — namely the extremely hot temperatures that can create a dangerous situation for the entire family — including your dog. Here are a few common pet hazards and our advice for avoiding them this season....

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Moving cross-country can be one of the biggest undertakings of your life. There are a million variables to consider — some of which you have very little control over. But with a meticulously crafted plan and careful execution, you can cut this mammoth project down to size. We’ve got a few helpful tips that’ll get you from New York to LA and everywhere in between — safely and easily. ...

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26% of Americans put on their own fireworks shows at home on the Fourth of July, but a significant number end up injuring themselves in the process. ...

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Summer is a time for fun, barbecuing and spending time with friends and family outside. And while you may have a tendency to keep your eyes peeled for danger, some hazards may slip right by you — especially when you’re under the hypnotic spell of warm summer weather. But not to worry — we’ve got you covered with a quick overview of commonly overlooked hazards, and ways you can keep your family safe....

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For most of us, our pets are more like family members than convenient companions. Their lovable personalities and frustrating bouts of mischievous behavior are as essential to our lives as the habits of any two-legged family member. And while your decision to invest in home security may have been driven primarily by a desire to protect your human family, your system also affects and protects your animals. Read on to learn how home security impacts you and your dog....

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Backyard barbecues are one of summer’s biggest perks. After months of being cooped up in your house eating regular fare prepared on a stove, the mild charring on your favorite foods and sweet tang of barbecue sauce tastes heavenly. And we’re certainly not alone in our barbecue obsession — 80% of Americans say that they attend at least one cookout in the summer....

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The warm temperatures of summer usually signal a lot of pending fun times. Pool parties, backyard barbecues and fun days at the beach are the stuff that summers are made of. But considering that summer is also the peak season for burglary as well as accidents involving children, the warm weather also brings considerable dangers that smart families have to prepare for. Here, we lay out five tips for protecting your home and family during the summer season. ...

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The United States averages roughly 1,179 tornadoes each year, and right now, tornado season is just getting underway. From May until July, Americans in the Southern states, Southern Plains, Gulf Coast and Midwest are subject to storms that could not only bring torrential downpours, but also devastating twisters capable of changing their homes — and their lives — in an instant. ...

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