Across America, there are roughly 14,000 professional fireworks displays each Fourth of July. But about 26% of revelers choose to stage their own private shows at home. And while a healthy number of people are able to celebrate our country’s independence without incident, the period between June 20 and July 20 often gives way to a spike in fireworks-related injuries. For that reason alone, it’s probably best to leave the fireworks to the professionals. But if you’re determined to do fireworks yourself, you’re more likely to avoid injury with smart planning and careful handling. Here, we’ve assembled a few tips to help you light up the night — safely. And of course, if fireworks are illegal in your area, you should probably avoid them altogether....

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Millions of elderly people injure themselves in falls annually. Home security systems that are capable of quickly summoning emergency help may reduce the severity of their injuries, but the numbers are still pretty staggering. ...

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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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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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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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Being burgled is a truly horrifying experience, and this compilation of celebrity burglary stories proves that it truly can happen to anyone, anywhere. So be sure to arm your home security system before bed tonight. LL Cool J did — and it may have saved his life. ...

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We all have special spots in our homes that we like to use to stash valuables. Under the mattress, the sock drawer and small safes that haven’t been bolted down are the most common hiding places — and also the most vulnerable because those are the secret spots that everyone uses. So if someone were to successfully break into your home, your secret wouldn’t stay safe for long. ...

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We love talking to you guys — really! And we want you to continue picking our brains with those smart home security questions that keep us on our toes. But right now, we’re going to take a few moments to address your most common concerns in one place, potentially saving you lots of valuable time. So scroll on — the answer to your question may be only a few clicks away. ...

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The U.S. consumes more oil than any other country on the planet. If you’d like to help America save a few barrels — and save some money on your personal energy bills in the process — consider trying out the following energy-conserving ideas around the house. ...

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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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