Consider the following non-residential fire statistics for the five years from 2006 through 2010 as published by the United States Fire Administration—a division within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/estimates/index.shtm): • There were 1,879,500 fires • 12,940 ...

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A monitored home alarm system is one of the best investments you can make in the security of your home. But you shouldn't put the entire security burden on your alarm system: you also need good physical security in the form of high-quality locks, and you need good security behavior, which involves consistently securing th...

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Medicine helps improve the lives of people every day, but it's not always a good thing if it's not used properly. It can be especially dangerous if kids happen to get into the medicine cabinet or open a prescription pill bottle lying around the house, as some medicines look like pieces of candy. To...

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We all want our homes to be safe, both for personal safety and financial protection aspects. Everyday emergencies and mishaps happen.We don't all have a neighborhood handyman, and most of us live on a budget. It's important to be able to handle some household maintenance and mishaps on our own. You can help...

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Burglars love unoccupied homes because they know they'll have more time to look for --and steal -- the most valuable possessions. When you go out of town, it is important to make your home look lived-in, and to do what you can to keep an eye on your home while you're away. Though technology makes some home security monito...

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In decades past, the electric company provided home electricity and The Bell System provided telephone service, and that was that. Today, things are radically different. Telecommunications companies provide landline service, mobile service, and home internet connectivity, while many electric utilities now offer fiber-opti...

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Knowing what your home looks like to a burglar can give you some very valuable information about keeping your home safe. Here are 10 tips for "casing" your home as a burglar would, and identifying security weaknesses that could make your home an attractive target.1. The front of your home makes a statement...

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Some facts and statistics about home burglaries remain relatively constant over time. For example, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers, 34% of break-ins originate right at the front door of a residence. First-f...

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Allowing a stranger into our homes is a troubling prospect. Even if that person is in our employ, putting our valuables, and especially our children, at their disposal means taking a risk. In this way, a nanny cam is much like a home security system: even ...

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A century and a half ago, the World’s Fair offered a compelling glimpse into what our lives would look like in the 2000s, and while flying cars have not yet come to pass, the technology that has would leave even the most fanciful imaginations of the 1850s in awe. Ubiquitous home monitoring and automation have become a rea...

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